Winners in software, game design

Winners in software, game design

This afternoon in Redmond, WA, the nation’s best and brightest tech students gathered for the ninth annual Imagine Cup 2011 U.S. Finals. Starting with a field of more than 74,000 students, the final 12 teams presented their projects to a panel of judges, tackling diverse issues from eliminating malaria to promoting alternative energy. After an intense weekend of presentations and eliminations, the winners were named:

· 1st Place, Software Design: Team Note-Taker, Arizona State University. Project: “Note-Taker” – A portable, assistive technology to help vision-impaired students take notes in class.

· 1st Place, Game Design and 1st Place, People’s Choice Award – Game Design – Windows/Xbox: Team Bloom, Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy. Project: “Spero” – A game focused on alternative energy solutions and educating people on how to live healthier lives.

· 1st Place, Game Design – Mobile: Team Big Impact Bear, University of Houston. Project: “Forest Gun” – A game that aims to prevent and reverse deforestation in the world.

· 1st Place, People’s Choice Award - Software Design: Team BearPaw, Brigham Young University. Project: A mobile and cloud solution for ultrasound images that is cost-effective, widely available and easy to implement.