July 27, 2017 9:06 am

Announcing the 2017 Imagine Cup Champions

By / Microsoft Education Communications Lead

Microsoft is committed to empowering today’s students to create the world of tomorrow. Through Imagine Cup, we’re bringing today’s brightest young minds to envision the future through technology and teamwork.

Today, we are excited to announce Team X.GLU of the Czech Republic are the official 2017 Imagine Cup champions. X.GLU’s project combines hardware and Microsoft Azure cloud to help diabetics better cope with the disease’s symptoms. As the victors, X.GLU wins a mentoring session with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, $100,000 in cash, a $125,000 Azure Grant and a trip to the 2018 Build developer conference.

In tackling diabetes, X.GLU seeks to improve the quality of life for the 422 million people worldwide impacted by the disease, a significant percentage of whom are children. In many cases, younger patients are burdened with having to check their blood-sugar eight to 10 times per day. Though critical to their continued good health, many children tire of the process around routinely checking their blood-sugar levels, and, as a result, don’t keep up with this crucial aspect of living with the disease. X.GLU’s concept gamifies the process, awarding children “strawberry” icons for correctly guessing their blood-sugar range during tests.

“I loved X. GLU’s project because my mother has diabetes and I know she gets tired of checking her blood sugar each day, too,” said Imagine Cup guest judge Meghan Camarena (Strawburry17). “Even though this was designed with children in mind, I think the concept is one that anyone living with diabetes could appreciate, and it could truly help save lives.”

— Imagine Cup guest judge Meghan Camarena

Today’s students are the makers and doers that will change the world as we know it. Each year, Imagine Cup has proven that technology is merely a tool to unlock students’ innate creativity and ingenuity.

“In a time like this, where every walk of life in every society and every economy is being fundamentally changed and shaped by digital technology, developers like you are going to change the world,” Said Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella. “You’re going to bend that curve of progress.”

— Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella

For more details on the two-day competition, head on over to the Official Microsoft Blog.