BizDojo partner Nick Shewring was invited by Microsoft to be a judge in this year’s Imagine Cup New Zealand National Finals held over 24/25 March.
The Imagine Cup is one of the world’s most prestigious student technology competitions, bringing together student innovators from all over the world. Over the past 10 years, more than 1.65 million students from 190 countries have participated in the Imagine Cup.
This year’s NZ leg of the competition saw a massive 549 teams enter, with 25 finalists selected to showcase their software solutions to the judges, all hoping to be in with a chance to represent NZ at the Worldwide Finals in St Petersburg, Russia this coming July.
Team InfinityTek won the overall grand prize for its wristband UV sensor and app combo, while MyStory took out the Innovation category with their childrens storytelling app, and Quaketown won the Gaming category with their physics-based app that raises awareness of earthquake-proof construction.
Nick and the other judges were impressed by the quality of the ideas and execution displayed, with many teams having fully functional pre-production prototypes. Nick says “it was awesome to see the enthusiasm levels from the teams, and huge props to Microsoft for their continuing investment into growing these students and encouraging their interest in app development.”
Quote of the day has to go to one of the team members who when questioned on stage by the MC about his role, said “I turn caffeine into code”. Our kind of guy!