Kiwi app creators take major Imagine Cup prize

Kiwi app creators take major Imagine Cup prize

The Auckland team behind the Estimeet app has won the innovation category at this year's Microsoft Imagine Cup global final.

The app tracks people's real time locations and helps them arrange business or social meetings.

For their category win, the four students, Hayden Do, Jason Wei, Chris Duan and Derek Zhu, secured $50,000 and a place at Microsoft Ventures' Boot Camp. Their win, along with that of world champion winning team Eyenaemia from Australia, was announced during Microsoft's TechReady conference at the Washington State Convention Centre in front of an audience of 5000.

Eyenaemia also won the World Citizenship category, with Russia's Brainy Studio team taking out the games section.

“There is not a business, vertical industry or person on the planet untouched by technology,” said Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella.

“Imagine Cup empowers students to hack tough problems, while learning and building off the work of others. Student developers play a huge role in bringing new technologies to life in a mobile-first, cloud-first world. Congratulations to all the competitors for their hard work and creativity.”

Teams from 34 countries were represented in the world finals after winning national contests.

Team Estimeet (previously Meep) beat 150 other teams at the world semifinals and was one of 73 entries in the New Zealand competition this year.

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