Tunisia team Athena-IO, wins USD 5000 and Microsoft Azure Grant as Second place winners.
Team Athena-IO came in second place in the just ended Europe Middle East and Africa regional final championship qualifying round. They won 5,000 USD and Microsoft Azure Grant as their prize. They unfortunately couldn’t pick a spot at the world championship as the style of the competition is different this year.
Athena-IO’s idea is a cross-platform solution enabling content creation and visualization on Mixed Reality devices such as the HoloLens. To help corporations train their workforce and make technology more accessible to everyone.
Three teams; EKKO, Pakistan, Athena-IO, Tunisia and iCropal, Kenya joined 9 others from Europe as 12 EMEA Regional Finalist. This means no team gets to represent Africa and the Middle East in the world championship this year.
The Journey to the World Finals
This year there will be three Regional Finals hosted at Microsoft Ignite The Tour events. The Asia, EMEA and Americas regional finals with winners meeting in May for the world finals. World Finals winners will recieve USD100,000 Microsoft Azure Grant and a mentoring session with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.
“We understand that today’s students are tomorrow’s entrepreneurs. They will also become technology decision makes. Whatever we can do to help make them better for tomorrow, we want to invest in that” – Jennifer Ritzinger, our Senior Director of Academic Ecosystems.
The Imagine Cup 2019 EMEA Regional Final was hosted at the Amsterdam Microsoft Ignite The Tour event. Giving finalists the opportunity to pitch their ideas to event attendees during its welcome reception. The student developers received feedback for their ideas. One team was selected by the Ignite tour attendees as the People’s Choice Award recepient.
Microsoft says hosting the regional finals at The Ignite Tour will help student developers learn how to take their projects to the next level and integrate the latest and greatest technologies into their solutions.
Microsoft’s Imagine Cup has a mission to empower student developers to achieve more and create the next great technology solutions. With students also getting the chance to win cash, prizes, mentoring and travel in the process.
“We believe that with student innovation and creativity, partnered with Microsoft technologies and Azure cloud resources, the possibilities are endless”.