DePauw team makes finals of Microsoft's U.S. Imagine Cup

Thursday, April 25, 2013
Representing DePauw University at the finals of the U.S. Imagine Cup are (from left) students Rajat Kumar, Michael Osborn and Tao Qian.

A team of DePauw University students is among 13 groups advancing to the 11th annual U.S. Imagine Cup finals.

The Imagine Cup is Microsoft's premier student technology competition and honors student technology innovations that address the world's toughest problems.

The DePauw team, known as "DePauwsome," consists of senior Michael Osborn and sophomores Rajat Kumar and Tao Qian.

Dave Berque, professor of computer science, serves as the team's faculty adviser.

According to Microsoft, "The team developed a Windows Phone 8 app ("WeAssist") that allows a user to share their location and share a message in an emergency. WeAssist also has an optional location tracking service called WeFind, which runs in the background and uploads the user's location history to the cloud."

The DePauw team and 10 others advance to the U.S. Finals Demo Day, scheduled for May 13 in Silicon Valley.

One team will be selected to represent the U.S. at the July 8-11 worldwide finals in St. Petersburg, Russia.

In 2010, a team including a DePauw student finished first runner-up in software design in the Imagine Cup. In 2009, a group of DePauw students became the first all-female team to advance to the finals of the competition.

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