What is Microsoft Imagine Cup?
Microsoft Imagine Cup. Heard of it? Of course you have. But if you haven’t no need to worry. The Microsoft Imagine Cup is a globally held competition organized by Microsoft. The competition takes part in various stages such as country, regional finals and finally, the Global finals. It encourages students all over the world to use Microsoft’s technology to help solve some of the biggest problems occurring across the world. The categories for which teams can take part vary from gaming to innovation, to healthcare and many more.
Sri Lanka too has taken part in this competition for a number of years. In 2016, Team BitMasters, comprising of Chathusha Wijenayake, Lakmal Meegahapola, Charith Eranga and Chanaka Lakmal went on to take part in the Microsoft Imagine Cup Global finals, competing against the likes of 12 other Countries including Australia, New Zealand, Romania, France, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Guatemala, Italy, Turkey, Tunisia and the US. Their product “Amplus” won the team the award for 2nd place under the Innovation category at the Microsoft Imagine Cup Global Finals.
Meet the Team for Imagine Cup 2017
This year too Sri Lanka is all set to make a mark for Microsoft Imagine Cup on a global scale. This is where Keet Sugathadasa, Buddhi Ayesha and Dimuthu Kariyawasam come in. Hailing from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Moratuwa, the trio calls themselves Team Titans. Their idea and product “Inhalo” is aimed at children who are suffering from Asthma.
What exactly is Inhalo?
1/10 people suffers from asthma whether they know it or not. According to research done by the team, 10% of Sri Lanka’s population suffer from Asthma, among them are children as well. The solution put forth by Team Titans is a wearable that can be used to identify breathing patterns. Rather than use your nose, mouth or even lungs to identify breathing patterns, the team opted to identify these patterns via the human ear.
Using these patterns, the device can provide predictions, system analysis, when an asthma attack can and will happen etc. In addition, the product is bundled via a game. Yes, there’s a gamification element as well. The game uses breathing patterns to move a character up and down. The more you inhale and exhale, the more the character will move up and down. In addition, the device can also monitor the levels of air pollution in the surrounding areas.
How did Team Titans fare at Microsoft Imagine Cup?
Well, they proceeded in the preliminary rounds for Imagine Cup Sri Lanka and went on to be crowned as Winners of Microsoft Imagine Cup Sri Lanka. But they didn’t stop there. The enthusiastic team then set their sights on the Microsoft Imagine Cup Southeast Asia 2017 held in the Philippines on the 24th of April. There, the team competed against countries such as Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Nepal, Indonesia, Vietnam, Bangladesh and the host country Philippines themselves. We are proud to announce that Team Titans won the Regional Finals and are now headed to the Global Finals which will be held in Seattle, Unites States.
We wish Team Titans all the very best for the upcoming Imagine Cup World Finals 2017 and hope to see them bring home the Gold. May the odds be ever in their favor.