Indian Team Wins Microsoft Asia’s Imagine Cup

News Frontliner Web Desk, 13 February 2019: Faridabad-based Manav Rachna Institute of Research and Studies won the Microsoft Imagine Cup Asia Regional semi finals at Sydney on Tuesday.

The win took the winners one step closer to win the grand prize of $100,000 at the Microsoft Imagine Cup World Championship, which is considered as the “Olympics of Technology”.

The winner of the Asia region competition, Manav Rachna Institute of Research and Studies not only received a cash award of $15,000 but also secured a spot in the world championship to be held at Microsoft’s Redmond-based headquarters in May this year.

The team from Manav Rachna Institute of Research and Studies developed “Caeli” (meaning air) which is a smart automated anti-pollution and drug delivery mask specifically designed for asthmatic and chronic respiratory patients. Caeli’s breakthrough features will immensely help in improving the quality of life for respiratory patients living in polluted areas like in north India and especially in the Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR).

Aakash Bandana from team “Caeli”, speaking to media said, “At a time when air pollution is a big concern in various countries including India, we are collecting the real-time air pollution data that can be used by relevant stakeholders including the Indian government, which they can subsequently integrate into their projects and gain more insights.”

The first runner-up at this year’s semi final with teams from Asia region was the “Rail Nova China” team that built a Rail Component Inspection Robot (AI+IoT). The robot is capable of operating through automatic positioning system and is capable of identifying various defects through multi-sensor fusion. This in turn helps to realize the replacement of workers in a rail inspection project.

The second runner-up was the team from Philippines “USCAid”, who build the Aqua Check app that utilises Microsoft Azure’s Custom Vision to empower anyone to analyse contamination by taking a photo of a water sample through a microscope.

Among the 12 teams that made it up to the semi final and competed for the top spot at the Asia region, three teams were from India. The two other Indian team at the semi final were,  Tamil Nadu-based Vellore Institute of Technology and Bengaluru-based R.V. College of Engineering.

The team from Tamilnadu’s Vellore Institute of Technology’s project was named “Spot”. It allows you to recognise packaged foods and check if it contains a certain ingredient or exhibits a certain character that are harmful for human body.

The team from Bengaluru-based R.V. College of Engineering designed “RVSAFE”, a one-stop solution for effectively handling any kind of disasters be it natural or man-made with better communication and proper management.

Over the past 10 years, more than 1.65 million students from more than 190 countries have participated in the “Imagine Cup”, making it a platform for every aspiring technocrat.

Last year, “Team DrugSafe” from R.V. College of Engineering, Bengaluru won the award under the Big Data category at the Microsoft Imagine Cup world championship.

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