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Student Innovators Seek Solutions in Imagine Cup Competition

May 15, 2017

The Imagine Cup: Middle East and Africa, marks the inaugural partnership between Microsoft and the GIST Initiative for the event. The two organizations share a commitment to spur students’ creativity to solve the world’s toughest problems through technology, and empower them to realize their vision using the newest technology platforms. 

GIST is providing a daylong workshop focused on successful pitching for the Imagine Cup participants. During this training, the participants will be taught how to select the most compelling content for their pitch, and then how to effectively communicate it to their audience.

Three expert instructors from the United States utilize their backgrounds in academia, investment, as well as their experiences at science and technology focused startups to give the participants tailored one-on-one mentoring. The innovators will also work together, providing each other peer feedback as they practice their final pitches. All the innovators will use what they learned during the training during their Imagine Cup Demo Day pitches.

Participants in the Imagine Cup hail from 17 different countries across the Middle East and Africa regions. Individuals and teams who lead the projects look to solve real-world problems through innovative science and technology-based solutions.

West Bank + Gaza

The BZU-Monsters team hails from Birzeit University, and their company focuses on using cardio magnetic resonance imaging to help find solutions and treatments for many cardiac diseases. As the top diagnosis technique, CMR imaging is considered to be the golden standard that is used in heart diseases’ diagnosis and prognosis. The aim of this project is to use the CMR images to assess the end-systolic and the end-diastolic volumes in an automated way. These are the basal figures that every cardiac global function parameters can be deduced from. These figures aim to ease the role of cardiologists to save people’s lives.


DocStroke aims to provide a cheap technique to determine the risks of stroke, using ocular image processing and machine learning – providing an affordable solution for a variety of institutions in different economies – so they could warn of an impending stroke and prevent it from happening with all of its side effects, including deaths caused by the stroke.

Crystal Ball

Crystall Ball is a software project that aims to increase sales for companies by using artificial intelligent technologies with Microsoft Azure. Crystall Ball analyzes old customer data, and creates profiles for every customer. The app uses pre-order details, the customer’s information and other factors to offer the user better choices theu may want to based on sales and their other activities. The app aims to help retailers know what a customer wants before they know. Crystall Ball can also be used in a human resources capacity, by tracking employees’ work styles. Crystal Ball aims to make a more efficient workplace and easier opportunities to follow up on business strategy. Team members attend Istanbul Yeditepe University in Turkey.


The Peace-makers project, lead by three team members from Tunisia, uses a cyber tool to detect patterns and identify terrorist groups using the Twitter social media platform. Peace-makers is one of six projects from Africa participating in the final competition. Team members attend the Pioneer School of Gabes.

Speak to Code, from team Positive Zero

Project “Speak to Code” as the name suggests enables programmers/developers to write code or develop applications using their natural voice. This will innovate the mechanism of programming, as it’ll become “interactive programming” and will increase the productivity of programmers and developers. Team members attend Bahria University, Karachi.

Artopia, from team Nocturne

Artopia is a location-based application where users can create three-dimensional paintings in augmented reality, and save them in the real world for others to see. Team Nocturne attends American University of Kuwait.

Glare, from team Influx

GLARE is a suite packaged with an immersive experience. It is a UWP and a heart rate monitor based solution that spans across virtual and mixed reality to help users simulate various public speaking situations and provides guiding instructions to improve the performance of users. Members of team Influx attend the University of Bahrain.

Green Jam

Green Jam aims to accelerate Dubai's goal of being one of the world's most sustainable cities. This is done by turning recycling into a habit for UAE citizens, through a reward system that is widely accessible from anywhere in Dubai, to all residents. Our project also solves many of the problems that Dubai's attempts to increase recycling currently have, such as waste sorting.


The E-park project, from team members attending the Institut superieur d'ingenierie et des afaires (ISGA),  is a web application that allows its users to find parking spaces. The prototype uses a camera that is fixed on street lamps and identifies both empty and full parking places, so users can book them or check availability in different parking locations.


WaCoMo is a complete platform that provides interactive visualization of the water consumption happening at different outlets in a property, and in turn encouraging efficient water usage. WaCoMo team members attend Qatar University.

Revive Gate, from team Revivals

The Revive Gate application aims to increase child creativity by converting users’ drawings into three-dimensional objects. The program detects and tracks the two-dimensional drawn object, and generates a 3D model. Revivals team members attend Alexandria University.

Beta Team

Bee is a app that is connected with Beacons technology for retail stores, and it aims to understand the context of the world around the app users. Bee aims to enhance a customer’s shopping experience and empower retailers. Beta Team members attend German University of Technology.


Beacon is a cloud-based emergency reporting tool that bridges the gap between technology and emergency services while implementing a system of partnerships to provide emergency services infrastructure where it is lacking. Team members attend Afe Babalola University.

Prisoner of a Book, from team Diaxx Studios

Prisoner of a Book is an augmented reality game that will be available as a Universal Windows application, an android and an IOS application, created for Microsoft Imagine 2017 by Diaax Studios. It combines the elegance of a book’s pages and the modernity of technological evolution using augmented reality. Diaxx Studios team members attend University of Sciences and Technology in Algeria.


The project consists of a solution that gives feedback to the user on a rehearsal of a presentation or speech the user is preparing. Bl!nk team members attend the American University of Beirut

Insight, from team S Cubed
Saudi Arabia

Insight is a virtual reality application that connects students to a tutor of their choice and takes them into a personalized classroom with chalkboards, smartboards, and everything a tutor could possibly use to help students master a subject. With interactive labs and a redefined way for students to take quizzes, Insight takes innovation to the next level and allows students to learn in a classroom environment from the comfort of their homes. S Cubed team members attend Dhahran Highschool in Saudi Arabia. 

Follow the conversation and the competition on Twitter at @GISTNetwork and by using the hashtag #ImagineCupMEA. 

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