This is why these 3 young Belgians need your Imagine Cup Vote!!!

imagine-cup-2012The Microsoft Imagine Cup brings together students from all over the world and asks them to use their creativity and passion for technology to help solve the world’s toughest problems. Back in May you could read that 2 of our Belgian teams made it to the finals in Sydney.

One of the teams “Make a Sign” created this amazing project that uses Kinect in combination with Azure to recognize sign language used by deaf people and learn people how to use it. Earlier this week the 3 students from HEPL in Liege met with minister-president Rudy Demotte of the Walloon region.
Press: On RTL TV news. In La Derniere Heure. In Le VIF.

So before you read/watch any further do this:  go to the People’s Choice Award site and vote – and then ask your friends, family and network to vote too. Then read the rest of this post and you’ll know why you did the right thing Smile.

Congratulations to:


Julien Rousselle


Antoine Trippaers


Nicolas Bertrand

This is where you can find the full project video:

Imagine Cup 2012 – Make A Sign (Project Presentation)

2 Belgian student teams will join the Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals in Sydney!!!

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Imagine Cup is a Big Deal!! Imagine Cup is the world’s premier student technology competition in witch 350.000 students from 183 countries compete for international recognition and cash prizes. In July, 106 student teams from 75 countries will celebrate Imagine Cup’s 10th Anniversary by competing in the Worldwide Finals in Sydney, Australia. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Imagine Cup with 1.65 million students from 190 countries participating in the competition during the past decade.

They did it again! 2 Belgian teams  “Make a Sign” & “Hotfix_windows” will represent Belgium on the Worldwide Finals in Sydney. After 4 months of hard work and dedication, these 2 Belgian teams can be proud on their performance – making us now amongst the best performing countries in Imagine Cup 2012 : there are only 9 West-European teams and 104 teams worldwide still in running. And again not a coincidence that the teams come from 2 of our best schools in the country HOWEST/DAE in Kortrijk and HEPL in Liege that both have a long Imagine Cup participation track including some finals positions.

These are the 2 Belgian entries making it to the finals:

Team Hotfix_Windows – We influence the world we live in. Learn via a game how you can create a positive impact on world. Developed by 4 students of Hogeschool West Vlaanderen (Howest) in the digital arts & entertainment faculty.

Team: Make A Sign – Imagine you could not hear or speak? Social interaction would all of a sudden become much more complex. 3 students from Haute Ecole Provinciale Liege (HEPL) have developed an application based on Kinect technology to construct a sign database for all languages, and learn in a very convenient and fun way how to communicate correctly.

More information about Imagine Cup is available at the Imagine Cup Virtual Pressroom and on the Imagine Cup blog.

Imagine Cup 2011: Vote for the Belgian Teams

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The Imagine Cup 2011 Worldwide Finals are taking place in New York next week, and the Belgian teams have got some intense competition. But our teams have been putting the finishing touches on their applications, practicing hard, so I’m confident we’ll be prepared!

YOU CAN SUPPORT THE BELGAN TEAMS by giving them your vote for the People’s Choice Award. The Worldwide Finalist team with the most “likes” by July 12, 2011 at 21:00 GMT wins the People’s Choice Award and $10,000 USD.

Team Project

VOTE! Team Digitron

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VOTE! Team Crash Games

Global Green is a fun and easy to play cartoon styled arcade game. In this game  players learn about many global problems while having a lot of fun trying to achieve the highest score for saving the world!
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Get the Vote Out!
Once you’ve voted, please share the People’s Choice Award link with your friends, family, school and… the world! Everyone can then learn more about the inspiring solutions Worldwide Finalists created to solve the world’s toughest problems. Use social media to share your favorite videos and make sure you give a shout out on Facebook or Twitter (use the #ImagineCup hashtag).

Stay Connected
Follow along on the Imagine Cup blog as the 2011 Worldwide Finals gets underway in New York City, USA from July 8-13, 2011. And make sure to check out the Imagine Cup website on July 14, 2011 for the exciting information on Imagine Cup 2012!

HOWEST students make Imagine Cup Finals a tradition

Imagine Cup Virtual Pressroom

First 1-2 times a HOWEST-team (Hogeschool West Vlaanderen) made it to the Imagine Cup World Wide finals it looked like a lucky shot. Yes the team was great and they had build a top game, but beating a couple of 100 competitors in the selections needs a little bit of luck too. I’m sort of doubting my own words here, luck seemed to have little to do with it now that HOWEST students have secured a second team for the WW finals .

Not a big deal? On the contrary! Imagine Cup is the world’s premier student technology competition in witch 350.000 students from 183 countries compete for international recognition and $215,000 in cash prizes. The students’ projects tackle serious humanitarian issues in 9 technological categories. Only 124 student teams have secured their places at the July 8–13 Worldwide Finals event.

This year HOWEST students are AGAIN selected for the finals in the games Category where they are traditionally one of the strongest WW and now they have added a team to the new Windows phone category. Even more impressive if you see who else made it into the finals.

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Country Team School/University
Belgium Digitron-WP7 Howest
Korea HOMERUN Dongguk/Samgmyung  University
Korea Zipi Zigi Seoul Nat. Univ. of Technology
Singapore Code Instincts Tamesek Polytechnic
United States The LifeLens Project

Game Design – Windows/XBox (XNA)

Country Team School/University
Belgium Crash Games Howest
Brazil Replay Federal University of Pernambuco
Brazil Signum Games Universidade Positivo
Czech Republic WickedTeam Brno University of Technology
Thailand JubJub Mahidol University