Six teams marry technology, innovation and copious amounts of caffeine to win first and second places at this year's Microsoft Imagine Cup finals.
The winners of the three categories were announced at an event last night, with first place receiving $6000 and runner ups $2000 each.
Team InfinityTek won the overall grand prize for its wristband UV sensor and app combo. The quartet heads to St Petersburg, Russia later this year to represent New Zealand at the world wide Imagination Cup finals.
World Citizenship Category
First - InfinityTek
InfinityTek's UVsense uses a wristband sensor to determine whether the current level of UV exposure is dangerous, recommending the appropriate level of SPF protection required. During judging the team demoed a working pre-production model which helped it take out the number one spot.
Second - Apportunists
A medical records tool and vaccine tracker designed for the developing world and to be used on smartphones.
Judges said InfinityTek's working model (however crude) showed great potential. The market outside of Australia and New Zealand risks being small, but in the South Pacific this tool could save many lives.
First - My Story Teller
A Windows 8 application which lets parents record stories for their children to read along to.
Second - Aquaforce
A multi-platform system to control aquariums from smartphones and dashboard water data.
Judges said the first and second placed entrants were chosen on the ability to expand the initial offer horizontally into other lucrative markets. My Story Teller pitches at the heartstrings of parents, but its road to success is likely a platform for custom publishing by independent artists and writers.
First - QuakeTown
Raising awareness of earthquake-proof construction and evangelising careers in civil engineering through a mobile game. Like a reverse of the popular Angry Birds games, players design buildings that can withstand being shook using the smartphone's accelerometer.
Second - 2150 AD
A space shooter game which evolves along with the player in terms of weapons and add ons.
Judges said while 2150 AD was the most polished and slick game of the bunch the timeliness behind QuakeTown (and its connection to New Zealand) pushed it over the top for the win.
Disclosure: The author of this article was a judge in the Innovation category.