Out of 85 entries, Team AlphaWaves from Nanyang Polytechnic Singapore emerged the national champion of the Singapore Finals.
Their project was “Dementia Assistance and Recall Engine (DARE)” – a web-based digital scrapbook designed to capture and organize the past memories in a personalized digital format.
Team AlphaWaves from Nanyang Polytechnic is the Singapore Imagine Cup 2012 national champion. From left: Ziriad Saibi, Director, Platform and Developer Evangelism Group, Microsoft Singapore, Koh Kai Wei, Eustace Zheng Xiangwen, Nur Nadiah Binte Zailani, Mong Yunheng, Shen Yizhe, Academic Developer Evangelist, Microsoft Singapore. (Photo: Microsoft)
The aim of DARE, as part of reminiscence therapy, is to stimulate recall of past memories through photographs and other media (e.g. sound, video) that can be presented on a PC or tablet to remind the elderly and persons with dementia of their past and who they are.
“Technology empowers the individual to make the world accessible according to their own needs,” said Nur Nadiah Bte Zailani, Team AlphaWaves, champions of Singapore Imagine Cup 2012.The project was based on this year’s theme to “Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems.”
More than 2700 students registered for this year’s Singapore competition. 16 teams met at the Semi-finals at *SCAPE, Level 4, GRID MMS yesterday to vie for four places in the Finals today.
“Built on Windows 8 and Windows Azure, DARE will have an active link to user’s brainwaves to analyze and make sense of their cognitive and mental abilities to help in stimulating their recall capabilities,” Zailani elaborated.Team AlphaWaves beat the other three finalists which comprised a team from Nanyang Technological University (1st Runners-up), a joint team from Temasek Polytechnic and Singapore Polytechnic (2nd Runners-up), and another team from Nanyang Polytechnic (3rd Runners-up).
All four finalists received prizes comprising Microsoft products which included Kinect Bundles.
Team AlphaWaves, however, won the only coveted slot to represent Singapore in the Imagine Cup 2012 Worldwide Finals in Sydney in July.