Proudly announcing the victory of
NUST College of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (CEME) at the
Regional (Pakistan) Finals of the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2019, defeating
almost 350 teams from 80 Pakistani universities. Imagine Cup is an
annual competition, sponsored and hosted by Microsoft Corporation, that
brings together students aspiring to be developers from all over the
world, to help resolve some of the world's toughest challenges through
innovative solutions. Termed the "Olympics of Technology," the Imagine
Cup is considered one of the top competitions in technology and software
This year was special as HEC and Microsoft jointly sponsored the competition.
The winning solution is EKKO - a
therapeutic device, based on neurocognitive transmission theory, that
can be used in the treatment of speech disabilities and rehabilitation
of children suffering from cerebral palsy and some autism spectrum
disorders. EKKO provides a handheld device that can be used by any
member of the family for their ward.
The team belongs to the Department
of Computer and Software Engineering (DC&SE), NUST CEME; it was led
by Dr Muhammad Usman Akram, Associate Professor DC&SE, and
comprised Muhammad Usman Khalid, Yaqoob Jamal and Zainab Ahmad. Other
faculty supervisors included Dr Sajid Gul Khawaja and Lec Ali Saeed.
The winning team will represent
Pakistan in the Global Regional Finals for EMEA (Europe, Middle East,
Australia), to be held from 17-20 March, in Amsterdam, Holland. The
Global Finals of the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2019 will be held in USA
later in the year.