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Announcing the 2017 Imagine Cup Champions

Today, we are excited to announce Team X.GLU of the Czech Republic are the official 2017 Imagine Cup champions. X.GLU’s project combines hardware and Microsoft Azure cloud to help diabetics better cope with the disease’s symptoms. As the victors, X.GLU wins a mentoring session with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, $100,000 in cash, a $125,000 Azure Grant and a trip to the 2018 Build developer conference.

In tackling diabetes, X.GLU seeks to improve the quality of life for the 422 million people worldwide impacted by the disease, a significant percentage of whom are children. In many cases, younger patients are burdened with having to check their blood-sugar eight to 10 times per day. Though critical to their continued good health, many children tire of the process around routinely checking their blood-sugar levels, and, as a result, don’t keep up with this crucial aspect of living with the disease. X.GLU’s concept gamifies the process, awarding children “strawberry” icons for correctly guessing their blood-sugar range during tests.

“I loved X. GLU’s project because my mother has diabetes and I know she gets tired of checking her blood sugar each day, too,” said Imagine Cup guest judge Meghan Camarena (Strawburry17). “Even though this was designed with children in mind, I think the concept is one that anyone living with diabetes could appreciate, and it could truly help save lives.”

— Imagine Cup guest judge Meghan Camarena

Today’s students are the makers and doers that will change the world as we know it. Each year, Imagine Cup has proven that technology is merely a tool to unlock students’ innate creativity and ingenuity.

“In a time like this, where every walk of life in every society and every economy is being fundamentally changed and shaped by digital technology, developers like you are going to change the world,” Said Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella. “You’re going to bend that curve of progress.”

— Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella

For more details on the two-day competition, head on over to the Official Microsoft Blog.

Tune in to Imagine Cup July 27 to see which team of student developers wins

Fifteen years ago, when Microsoft first launched Imagine Cup, the premise was simple – create a global innovation competition to inspire the brightest young minds in the world to bring their boldest ideas to life with technology

In just a few short weeks, more than 50 teams of student developers will descend upon the Microsoft campus here in Redmond to show us their vision for the future and compete for more than $200,000 in prizes.

Those prizes include $100,000 in cash, a $120,000 Azure Grant, a trip to next year’s Build developer conference and, best of all, a private mentoring session with our CEO, Satya Nadella.

I’m honored to have a front row seat as a guest judge, and I’m also excited to announce that Scott Guthrie, Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of Cloud and Enterprise, will preside over the Imagine Cup Championships, which you can watch via a special webcast at 9 a.m. PDT on Thursday, July 27.

From the looks of the finalist teams’ ideas, we are going to have another incredible competition. We’ll see a wearable device designed to enhance surgeons’ ability to perform complex surgeries using image processing, VR applications and 3D models; a project focused on creating a virtual coach powered by artificial intelligence; and an IoT solution designed to help monitor infants’ vital signs, just to name a few.

Head over here to learn more, and be sure to catch all the action and watch the best young developers in the world compete for the Imagine Cup Championship via the webcast at 9 a.m. PDT on July 27 on Microsoft Imagine.

Best of luck to all the students who will be traveling to Seattle in July to compete – we can’t wait to see the future through your eyes.

Anthony