Seven years are long enough wait for Philippines to once again rule the prestigious Microsoft Imagine Cup And Microsoft Philippines hopes the challenge it issued for the best and brightest young Filipino innovators to try and bring home the world trophy again is answered beginning with the Imagine Cup Philippines or the imagine Cup 2017 Asia-Pacific Regional Finals.
Next after this is the world stages of the Imagine Cup which, in 2010, Philippine’s By Implication dominated and won the coveted world title.
This year’s finalists vying for the top regional prize and a slot in the World Finals are Team Opticode and its project Minerva (Al assistant for the visually impaired) composed of Lyceum of the Philippines-Laguna students Christian Lou Cepe, Pearl Raymundo and Roche! Reyes; Team Epitome and project Focus (digital assistant for the visually impaired) of College of St. Benilde students Anna Alexander Nery, Mark Chrsittati Yu and Sohankurnar Motwani; SIT Hacks and project EPoi (digital prescription platform to Connect doctors to pharmacies to patients of San Sebastian College’s Carlos Miguel Quinton and Trenton international College’s Chadymae Barman; #FFFFF and project Soreract (a mobile geolocation based BPS that helps improve social skills) of Cebu institute of Technology-University students Jemar Jude Maranga, King Joshua Montayre anf Glaiza Avila; Five Point Zero and One School (cloud based information systems for public schools of University of San Carlos’ Louie lay Rivas, Hussain luorba and John Rezes Moro; Agtang and MOEN or Al designed for educational needs (automated teaching assistant for educators of Faye Lomente, Czarina Rae Cahutay and Francis Sebastian Quezon of the University of the Philippines-Cebu; Purple Beans and CATCHI (platform to fight unemployment through odd jobs) by Rawer University students Swello Lee, Isaiah Galorport and Katuhiro Toyoshima, and DMC Wolves’ OpenStage (gig matching for performers) by Dipolog Medical Center College Foundation students Moo Gongob, Kobe ForroSUel0 and Philip Bryan Padao
National Winners from eleven (11) different countries will also be traveling to the Philippines to compete for a slot in the Worldwide Finals.
These students will travel from all over Asia Pacific via Philippine Air Lines, the country’s official flag carrier.
It was in 2010 during the Imagine Cup World Finals held in Warsaw, Poland when Team By Implication last hoisted the Imagine Cup by besting hundreds of participants in the Game Design competition. Their game design called “Wildfire” is about saving the world through social action and volunteerism, and was created off the tragic aftermath of the Typhoon Ketsana (or Tropical Storm “Ondoy”) in the Philippines in 2009 .
The group, composed Ateneo de Manila University students Philip Cheang, WIlhansen LI, Rodrick Tan and Levi Tan-Ong, pocketed US$25,000 but more importantly the title of Imagine Cup World Champions.
The Philippines’ hosting for the first time of the Asia-Pacific Regional Finals is doubly meaningful for local tech innovators as the country also hosts the 30th ASEAN Summit, another major event where where the Philippines hopes to be recognized as an innovative player In the global technology and design sphere as well as an emerging powerhouse in the global political stage.
Imagine Cup on its 15th Year
The Imagine Cup is an annual global technology competition organized by Microsoft that aims to give young developers around the world the opportunity to acquire the technical and business skills they need to be successful outside school.
Now on its 15th year, Microsoft celebrates this significant milestone by doubling the top prize to $100,000 for the next Imagine Cup World Champions.
Microsoft also made some changes in the contest criteria to make it more interesting and technology-driven.
2nd Runner Up (P50,000) Team Epitome, Project Focus (De La Salle College Of Saint Benilde)
-Digital assistant for the visually impaired
1st Runner Up (P70,000) Team Srhacks, Project EPrx (San Sebastian College And Treston International College)
-Digital prescription platform to connect doctors to pharmacies to patients
Grand winner/ Philippine’s Representative (P100,000) Team Opticode, Project Minerva ( Lyceum of the Philippines Laguna)
– AI assistant for the visually impaired