*Three students of the Polytechnic University of Bucharest are participating in the final competition of innovation organized by Microsoft
Between 26 and 29 July, a team of students from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest participate in the global finals of Microsoft Imagine Cup, a competition organized by Microsoft in Seattle, USA. At the event, Microsoft awards the most innovative and original projects of using technology, created and presented by the students from around the world.
This year, 150 teams of students and scholars – winners of the national finals – took part in the world semifinals of the competition, where they were judged by an international group of MVPs (Most Valuable Professionals), industry experts and employees of Microsoft.
In Romania, two teams have passed the national stage, held at the Microsoft headquarters Romania on 21 April, and one of them was selected to participate in the world finals – after, previously, passed the regional finals also.
In total, only 35 teams from around the world were selected to compete with their projects in the three sections of competition: Innovation, Games, World Citizenship. The winners of each category will receive a prize of $ 50,000, and among them, only a team will win the title of Imagine Cup Champion and the grand prize – a mentoring meeting with the CEO of Microsoft – Satya Nadella.
ENTy wants to revolutionize the diagnosis of the equilibrium problems
The three students that are representing Romania are Flavia Oprea, Iulian Matesica and Cristian Alexandrescu. Their team, called “ENTy” (an acronym for – Ear, Nose, Throat), develops a device designed to revolutionize the way that the measuring is made and the diagnosing of the medical problems of balance.
The measurement of the posture and balance has an important role to validate the necessary skills in some domains – climbing, aviation – as from a medical standpoint, as a diagnostic for a series of problems in the O.R.L. sphere. Currently, the measurements are made by using some voluminous and costly equipment, problems that the created prototype by those three removes them from start, getting the same functional results.
The device – already used by several doctors in a pilot program – consists of a series of sensors arranged on two “braces” , linked to a “brain” that measures, records and interprets the data and is inside a reduced size box. All of the device is powered by batteries and can easily be worn by the patient even for long periods. The stored and the transmitted data in the cloud can be accessed by the user (doctor or patient) via an interface type “dashboard” that allows views and interpretations of the information.
In the medium term, the team intends to encourage the use of the device for correcting posture and balance problems. As they will obtain the necessary certifications, it is predicted an extension of its use in the medical domain and in the sports domain.
Imagine Cup awards event – a celebration of innovation
The 35 teams that are participating in the Final are bringing the Imagine Cup an impressive variety of projects – from incredible concepts of new games, to innovative devices that can save lives, as for solutions designed to transform the way that a company works. It is for these reasons why it is not at all exageratted to say that the amphitheater of Garfield high school in Seattle is becoming these days a real volcano of innovation and inspiration.
The winners of the three categories will be announced at the awards ceremony which will take place on July 28. Steve Guggenheimer, the vice president for development, and the CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, will participate in the event which will decide where are the totaling prizes of $ 200,000 going, starting at 19:30 Bucharests hour. The ceremony can be watched in livestream at the following link: https://www.imaginecup.com/.
On July 29, at 19:00, will be the grand final, where the Imagine Cup champions will be chosen from the three winning teams in each category – in the presence of a very special guest, actor John Boyega, known for one of the main roles from the movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens.