Cork students take top prize in Microsoft Imagine Cup

Three Cork students have been named as winners of the 2015 Microsoft Imagine Cup Pitch Video Challenge.

Cork students take top prize in Microsoft Imagine Cup

Team Rapid Response comprised of Cork Institute of Technology students Bendan Flaherty, Andy Lynch and Jason Alan Nelligan, took first place in the World Citizenship category of the competition, taking home a prize of $3,000.

Microsoft hosted the event at their Sandyford headquarters in Dublin on April 23.

Students from all over Ireland including Dundalk IT, Maynooth University and University of Ulster were in attendance to compete in the event.

Rapid Response's winning project is an application which uses Windows technology to provide essential data to emergency services.

A centralsied body will receive data such as accident locations, photographs and video, allowing them to assess the situation before emergency services reach the scene.

“One central focus in developing the app was ease of use for members of the public arriving on the scene of an accident so we developed a three finger tap mechanism to activate it," said Brendan Flaherty, in an interview with Digital Times.

"It then sends information about the user’s location to the emergency services and gives the option of recording still or moving photography. We anticipate that the app could lead to the paramedic being able to assess the severity of the accident before arriving on the scene.

"Advance contact could then be made with the local accident and emergency department, helping with triage. We are delighted to take the first place prize in the World Citizenship category of the 2015 Microsoft Imagine Cup Pitch Video Challenge and look forward to competing in other aspects of the competition in future,”

They will join five other teams in competing head-to-head against international winners at the World Semi Finals.

If the team are successful in getting to the final they will represent CIT in Seattle next July with the chance of winning €50,000.

Team Rapid Response are members of the BA in Multimedia course in CIT.

For more information on the other winners click here

More in this section

Puzzles logo
IE-logo

Puzzles hub

Visit our brain gym where you will find simple and cryptic crosswords, sudoku puzzles and much more. Updated at midnight every day.

Puzzles logo
IE-logo

Puzzles hub

Visit our brain gym where you will find simple and cryptic crosswords, sudoku puzzles and much more. Updated at midnight every day.