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Team Nepal was able to reach to semi-finals in Imagine Cup World Finals

imageMicrosoft Innovation Center Nepal conducted Imagine Cup National Finals for the fourth time in Nepal. Imagine Cup Nepal for this year started with registration of team and submission of application at www.imaginecup.com from January. On 23rd March, all applications which were submitted in Imagine Cup Nepal site were reviewed by three personalities Alok Kumar Pandey, CTO, Braindigit, Microsoft Valuable Professional, Rabi Rayamajhi, Private Sector Development Advisor, Department for International Development and Viplava Joshy Founder/Director Solutions Consultant. As judges reviewed the entries submitted for this year’s competition, they selected top 5 teams from Nepal to qualify for National finals of Imagine Cup. Following top 5 teams were selected to qualify to national finals:

• Dynamic Developer

• Echo Innovators

• SochWare

• Team Victorious

• Neon Studios

After this, MIC Nepal conducted Imagine Cup National Finals on April 11, 2017 in Kathmandu, Nepal where top 5 teams were there to pitch their valuable ideas for the competition. The competition was judged by three personalities Ineke Stoneham, Spokesperson (Embassy of the US), Renaud Meyer, Country Director (UNDP Nepal) and Chang Agrawal, Director (Himalaya TV). Among top 5 teams, Team Echo Innovators was announced as the winner in the competition and was selected to participate in Regional Finals which had taken place at Manila, Philippines on April 24, 2017.

Southeast Asia Regional Finals Competition Day was held at Solaire Theater, one of the best theater in Manila hosting 1400 audience, bringing the best of the best in the region a once in a life time experience!

There were teams from 10 different countries at Imagine Cup Southeast Asia 2017:

Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Nepal, Thailand and Laos.

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On April 25,2017 Microsoft announced that Team Echo Innovators from Nepal won the Regional Semi-Finals and will proceed to the finals in the US for Imagine Cup Finals in Seattle, US as a Worldwide Finalist.

After grabbing coveted position for Imagine Cup World Finals in Seattle, US as worldwide finalist at Imagine Cup Regional Finals, Echo innovators arrived to Seattle, Washington on July 23,2017 to compete for Imagine Cup World Finals. Over the course of two days, the 54 finalist teams competed head to head until the field was narrowed to the final four that would compete to be the next Imagine Cup champion. Team Nepal advanced to the quarterfinals from team of 54 finalists team. After quarterfinals, top 8 teams advance to semifinals. There was a last chance for 2 team members to advance to semifinals through wild card round. All teams have 2 minutes to convince the other competitors that they deserve one of two wildcard spots in the semi-finals. Team Nepal was able to grab wildcard spots in the semi-finals.

The team Echo Innovators consists of 3 members Melisha Ghimire, Bhupendra Ojha and Pradip Subedi with the mentor Sandesh Karki.

Three members of Echo Innovators team belong to different regions in Nepal. They met each other through different events organized by Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal. All the member in their team share same passion and have same vision. Due to these similarities, they came across each other and formed a team.

Melisha Ghimire Bhupendra Ojha Pradip Subedi

IOT Developer Lead Developer Web Developer

Melisha Ghimire, CEO of Echo Innovators is an IOT Developer and currently studying Computer Engineering at Kantipur Engineering College.

Bhupendra Ojha, Lead Developer and CTO of Echo Innovators is also currently studying Computer Engineering at Kantipur Engineering College.

Pradip Subedi who is a Web Developer and CMO of Echo Innovators is a student of BSC-CSIT at Swastik College.

All the three dynamic team members of Echo Innovators are an MSP (Microsoft Student Partners).

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Team Echo Innovators was at Imagine Cup World Finals with their solution 'FarmLi'. FarmLi is an attempt to bring livestock farming, machine learning, cloud computing and IoT together to solve livestock problems. It is a smart neck band which is connected to a mobile application which monitors temperature, activity and behaviour of each individual animal. Their actionable recommendations help significantly improve income on dairy farms.

Microsoft Imagine Cup is the world’s premier student technology program and competition. It provides an opportunity for student technologists, developers and aspiring entrepreneurs from all academic backgrounds to collaborate, develop a technology application, create a business plan and gain a keen understanding of what is needed to bring a concept to market. In Imagine Cup, the brightest young minds join together to exemplify the power of student innovation.

“Innovative solutions are being built to solve Nepal’s biggest problems using the power of the youth and to ensure that we have sustainable development using these technological innovations,” Allen Bailochan Tuladhar, the regional director for Microsoft in these parts, said.

Posted: 08-09-2017 10:44 PM by Suvasini