Microsoft Albania organized at Protik on March 21, 2014 the Imagine Cup Competition. This is an annual competition sponsored and hosted by Microsoft that brings together young talented individuals in the technology sector. All Imagine Cup competitors create projects that address the Imagine Cup theme: "Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems".There were 6 groups competing against each other this year, who presented their projects to the Jury Panel and to all the other participants. All of the projects were very interesting, however three of them managed to get distinguished and gain one of the three winning spots. The three winning teams were:
- First Place - Hybrid, “Science on Tablet”. This project is a combined software and hardware solution that provides people with a vision disability the opportunity to use a tablet. The system is based on the Brail language and has an audio menu that allows navigating through it. People can read and write, and it can also help to learn the Brail Language.
- Second Place - The Challengers, “Emergency App”. The team has developed an application that is useful in times of emergencies and accidents. Through it users can find contacts of hospitals, police stations, fire stations etc. and even locate the nearest one to them.
- Third Place - IT4C (Information Technology for Change), “Light App”. This was also a project that comes to help to the community of blind people. By integrating Bing Maps the team has created an application that gives audio instructions on the street and paths based on the actual location to help blind people to better orient themselves.
This was the first year that Protik hosted this event, and we are very proud that we are now supporting another event that promotes innovation and entrepreneurship.