An Indian team has won this year’s People Choice Award at the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2012. The Imagine Cup is the world’s hottest student technology competition designed to showcase the dreams, ideas and creativity of some of the brightest young minds in technology. With over 325,000 students registered globally, 2012 was one of the biggest competitions ever. From the 6-10 July, over 400 of the most talented students from 107 countries showcased their world-changing solutions and to compete for the worldwide title.
A team of five from Birla Institute of Technology (BIT) Mesra, Patna campus – christened ‘The D Labs‘ has made India proud as it emerged as the winner of this year’s People’s Choice Award at the Imagine Cup 2012. Teams were given the opportunity to submit a video to show you their project and your votes determined which team will take home the $10,000 USD price during the World Festival Award Ceremony in Sydney, Australia. Over 60 teams submitted videos and they are packed with innovative ideas that will make the world a better place.
The team includes Devesh Kumar (leader), a final-year student of BIT Mesra, Patna, his batchmates Abhishekh Kumar and Amit Kumar Sharma, Deepali Sinha, a second-year student, and their mentor Smita Pallavi, who is a computer science lecturer in the college.
This team had earlier won the national level of the contest held on April 25 in New Delhi in both the categories – software design and software design accessibility – leaving behind 300 teams from across the country.
For the contest, this team had developed a software that enhances the learning abilities of school students suffering from dyslexia. The device records minute details of the child’s activities and then creates solutions suited to the needs of the student, and orients games and exercises to address those needs.