This year’s edition of the Microsoft Imagine Cup saw a cloud-powered robotic prosthetic hand lift the trophy.
Microsoft describes the Imagine Cup as a “global competition that empowers the next generation of computer science students to team up and use their creativity, passion and knowledge of technology to create applications that shape how we live, work and play.” 2018’s winners, Team smartARM were rewarded with $85,000 and a mentoring session with CEO, Satya Nadella.
A showcase for the increasingly exciting software development scene, the Imagine Cup introduced categories to celebrate artificial intelligence, big data and mixed reality to the competition this year, which culminated at Microsoft’s Headquarters in Washington.
Emma Johnson specialises in recruiting for contract roles in software, mobile design and development for Digital Gurus. She explained the importance of events like the Imagine Cup, why the North-West of England deserves its own spotlight and talked about our upcoming Digital North and DG Bytes events:
Long gone are the days of Developers being hidden in darkened basements being overshadowed by middle Managers and C Level execs, I’m proud that my generation celebrates the innovation and determination of Developers, especially at events like Microsoft’s Imagine Cup.
Events like these are important not only because they bring together creative minds, stimulate thought-provoking discussions and attract investors, but I believe they allow the Digital Technology industry to have a platform to showcase the industry in all its glory.
With more than 11 tech companies in the North being valued at more than $1bn I think it’s fair to say we in the North-West deserve our own spotlight, and here at DG Manchester, we’re making sure we have one.
We’re busy organising our 11th DG North event in September; with 8 lightning talks and a live hack planned it’s sure to be another success!
Not only that, our next DG Bytes event isn’t your typical meetup, with a .NET pub quiz planned for members of the North-West Tech community who fancy testing their knowledge in our office bar. If you fancy coming to any of our upcoming events please don’t hesitate to get in touch!