Flavia Oprea, Iulian Mateșică and Cristian Alexandrescu, three students of the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, won the grand prize at this year’s Microsoft Imagine Cup Championship, during a live broadcast and in front of hundreds of students in the Quincy Jones Performing Arts Center at Seattle’s Garfield High School, blogs.microsoft.com informs.
They had already won in the ‘Innovation’ category with their ENTy app, taking the USD 50,000 prize, and entered the finals, where they faced Team PH21 of Thailand and Team AMANDA of Greece.
Team ENTy’s project is an app for monitoring balance and posture. The device can be worn on the back or head and can detect inner ear problems, generating data that may be useful to doctors in diagnosing patients with balance disorders.
The final leg of the nearly year-long Imagine Cup journey began on Wednesday, when 35 teams from all over the globe competed in front of IT giant judges for the top three spots in the Games, Innovation and World Citizenship categories.
The grand prize represents the Imagine Cup crown and a private mentoring session with Microsoft CEO – Satya Nadella.
According to the source, their innovations were judged by special guest John Boyega, lead actor from Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Dr. Jennifer Tang, one-half of the duo that won the 2014 Imagine Cup Championship; and Kasey Champion, an accomplished software engineer and Computer Science Curriculum Developer at Microsoft.