Microsoft has revealed (opens in new tab) the winning team for its 2017 Imagine Cup competition, bestowing first-place bragging rights to a Czech team called X.GLU. The student team's project was a hardware meter meant to help children with diabetes better cope with their disease.
Developed by a trio of students from Czech Technical University in Prague, X.Glu's (opens in new tab) project is a closed system for measuring blood glucose made up of an "innovative blood glucose meter prototype, cloud-based application, and smartphone application." The meter itself resembles a credit card, eschewing the typically bulky nature of glucose meters currently on the market. It doesn't use any buttons or a display, and it can be controlled directly from a smartphone. The team says its platform can be used for the entire population, but it chose to initially focus its efforts on helping Type 1 diabetic children.
As winners, X.GLU will receive a $100,000 cash prize, a $125,000 Azure Grant, a trip to Build 2018, and a mentoring session with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.
The other finalist teams, making up second through fourth place, also featured some pretty innovative projects. From Microsoft:
This was the fifteenth year of Microsoft's Imagine Cup competition, and it drew entries from thousands of students around the world. Eventually, that was whittled down to a group of 54 teams from 39 countries that were invited to compete in the World Finals.
This is one great thing Microsoft does, inspiring the future tech innovators. I wonder if they keep tabs on their winners and maybe help coach them to future success / partnerships.
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