2015 Imagine Cup: Take You Innovation To Next Level, Microsoft CEO Tells Tech Students

The message was direct, inspiring and simple, as the  Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of Microsoft, Satya Nadella told the almost one hundred and thirteen innovative students representing thirty three teams  across the globe who competed in the 2015 Imagine Cup World Finals in Seattle, Washington, to  always keep  their  dreams alive.

From left: Sobola Timilehin, Ahwin Kevin and Adebayo Ogundipe, Team mentor of Team LifeWatch during their rehearsal  ahead of their live presentation at the just concluded 2015 Microsoft Imagine Cup competition in Seattle, Washington. Photo: Emeka Aginam.

In a live broadcast, weekend, in front of an audience of over  5,000 students, judges, partners and Microsoft employees at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown,  Seattle, Nadella told the Imagine Cup competitors “All of you represent that passion to make the impossible, possible. I want you to keep that dream alive.

“What you started at this competition is going to grow, because of your passion, your dreams, your ability to take it forward and your ability to learn on the way. It’s such a pleasure for me to see the passion and the innovation you have demonstrated today,”

 Talented young developers needed

According to him, “We’re finding talented student developers at younger and younger ages, too – last week we shared the results of a new competition for students as young as 9 years old, and the work they did was impressive. We’ll have more opportunities for younger students coming in August and continuing all season long.

“When Bill and Paul started Microsoft in college, they were talented and fearless. We see that spirit every day in the students who learn to code through Microsoft Imagine and go on to compete in the Imagine Cup. Working with students like these is an honor and a profound responsibility, one that Microsoft cherishes.

“Especially on days like today, when we see the incredible work students can do when they connect with technology and dream big” As a keen observer, major challenge of the participating students after global showcase is how best to put their work to reality. It is not a matter of showcasing but taking it to the next level to make a reality.

Microsoft believes in the power of young people connecting with technology to dream big, build creatively and boldly bring their ideas to life.

But Nadella who crowned a brilliant team of students, Team eFitFashion from Brazil as the winning team of the 2015 Imagine Cup World Championship strongly believes that every student who participated in the competition was a winner but noted that the tech students must take their innovative ideas into reality.

From left: Daniel Aleyin, Team Mentor; Obinaju Raymond, Adeyemo Oluwaseun, of Team LifeWatch during their rehearsal  ahead of their live presentation at the just concluded 2015 Microsoft Imagine Cup competition in Seattle, Washington. Photo: Emeka Aginam.

eFitFashion had present Clothes For Me as a market place for custom tailored clothes based on a person’s unique body size and shape.

In addition to getting a $50,000 prize for winning the Innovation category, the winning team will enter into an accelerator to further develop their project, and they’ll get a one-on-one meeting with Microsoft CEO who presented the trophy to the winners.

Through Microsoft Imagine program, he said that students of all ages and skill levels get the world’s best coding tools and online learning at no cost, so they can build their future now. According to Microsoft CEO, the competition in no small measure has prepared the students for global competitiveness.

Ideas matter

In Microsoft businesses, according to him, ideas matter a lot. “But those ideas must be put to work. You can become software entrepreneurs by building on your dreams and take it to the next level” he told the students. “The 2016 season of Imagine Cup launches today, as well, and it’s never too early for students to start dreaming up their next projects and getting prepared” he explained.

Also speaking, Steve Guggenheimer, Microsoft’s chief evangelist, said the professionalism of the teams keeps increasing, with many of the students already forming startups and seeking funding for their ideas. “It gets better every year,” Guggenheimer , added.

Statistically, health, and game solutions topped showcase at the event that retooled shmavIsor solution presented by the Nigerian Team.

The solution, according to the team’s spokesperson, Ramond Obinaju will reduce the morbidity rate of asthma, and consequently reduce the death toll due to asthma by providing adequate environmental and physiological supervision for patients.
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