Research & development
Canadian team announced for Imagine
Microsoft Canada has announced the winning team that
has earned the opportunity to represent Canada at this year’s Imagine
Cup Final in India. The final event will take place August 6th-12th,
The Imagine Cup is Microsoft’s World Wide Competition for Technical
Students. This year, the theme is healthcare, and teams are vying to
develop the most useful computerized solution to improve the lives of
The Imagine Cup is made up of five competitions, with the flagship
competition being the Software Design Invitational, sponsored by
Infusion Development Canada, a Toronto-based company that specializes in
designing and deploying custom software solutions in a variety of
For Canadian contestants in the Imagine Cup, the final event was held at
the MaRs Discovery District in Toronto, the city’s new medical and
healthcare technology incubator and think-tank. The MaRs centre is
surrounded by several of Canada’s most advanced hospitals.
In 1st place, and winning $8,000 and a trip to India to represent
Canada, are three future doctors who make up Team OmniClin.
Canada is perhaps the world’s most multi-cultural country, and to
address the issues posed by a multiplicity of languages when patients
arrive at hospitals, Team OmniClin developed an extremely useful
Their system provides translation technology for over 12 languages (more
to come) in an emergency room, clinic or foreign deployment of doctors.
Moreover, OmniClin has a huge array of medical knowledge built into the
system, so that doctors can dramatically improve and accelerate
treatment for a patient of a different cultural background.
Their invention is currently being patented.
Finishing in second place in the competition is Canada’s youngest Imagine Cup “Top 3” winner yet.
Hamilton, Ont. high-school student Anthony Chiarelli, age 17, won $4,000
for an application that securely encrypts patient information inside
diagnostic imaging files such as X-rays, ultrasounds, etc.
The patient information, which today is insecurely stored and shared,
can be transferred between doctors and systems with complete protection
of personal information for the patient. Anthony has already been
working with hospitals in and around Hamilton .
One of the highlights of his project is that his application runs on a
Windows Mobile PocketPC, thus providing doctors the accessibility they
In third place, from the University of British Columbia and winning
$2,000, is Team Prodigy.
Team Prodigy built a mobile application for the Windows Mobile PocketPC
.The application helps parents take care of their babies and toddlers
with an application that monitors various information, such as what a
baby eats and how much it sleeps. It’s even able to securely remotely
monitor your baby wherever you might be.