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SP and NYP students emerge as winners of Microsoft’s Imagine Cup Singapore 2016

Nurdianah Md Nur | April 1, 2016
The three teams now stand a chance to represent Singapore at the Imagine Cup 2016 World Finals in Seattle, USA, in July.

Three student teams from Singapore Polytechnic (SP) and Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) were crowned as the Games, Innovation and World Citizenship champions at the recent Microsoft Imagine Cup Singapore 2016.

Centred upon the theme "Creating with Code", this year's Imagine Cup competition saw a total of 65 project entries from 150 tertiary students in Singapore. Participants presented a wide range of innovative applications, games and solutions that have the potential to influence gaming, healthcare, education, environment, and customer care fields to a panel of industry leaders and technology experts for judging.

The winning teams and their projects are as follows:-

For the Games category, SP's Team Holy Trinity created Imagine, a role-playing game about the fantasy world Aferion, where challenging obstacles and enemies await players. The story revolves around the protagonist, Cliff Owen, an 18-year-old boy from Earth who has a huge interest in fantasy and magic. Going into the library one day, he found a mystical book in a dark corner of the library. Excited to view its content, Cliff immediately opened the book, and as he flipped the book open, a blinding light flashed and incapacitated him. With excitement and anxiousness, he set out on his journey to explore this mystical world, discover the strength of his powers and most importantly, return home.

SP's Holy trinity
SP's Team Holy Trinity. Credit: Microsoft Singapore.

SP's Team Natural Conquistadors wowed judges with NYX for the Innovation category. NYX is a customisable chatbot-driven platform set to transform event planning and end-to-end customer care. With NYX, event attendees can easily pull the information they need by simply having a casual conversation with the chatbot. The team harnessed the power of application programming interface (API) integration and technologies such as natural language processing to enable NYX to respond naturally to users.

SP's Team Natural Conquistadors
SP's Team Natural Conquistadors. Credit: Microsoft Singapore.

The World Citizenship category saw NYP's Team Yuuy delighting the crowd with Ruth, an interactive social robot designed to assist the elderly in Singapore as a personal assistant or companion. Ruth is not only able to listen to and understand speech and context, but can also reciprocate with appropriate verbal answers, recognise faces, respond to the user's emotions and display expression feedback. Ruth's hardware is powered by a mini Windows PC, and driven by several high performance motors controlling its arms, head, eyeballs and eyelids. It also makes use of the Internet of Things (IoT) to gather and monitor the home environment, and has an integrated infra-red controller to control infra-red enabled electrical appliances such as air-conditioners.

NYP's Team Yuuy
NYP's Team Yuuy. Credit: Microsoft Singapore

 

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