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NTU EEE Students Microsoft Imagine Cup Asia Regional Finalist 2020!

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Microsoft Imagine Cup Asia Regional Finals 2020 took place in Singapore, February this year. Teams competed for over USD25,000 in prizes, plus a shot at a spot in the 2020 Imagine Cup World Championship this May! The judges were blown away by the incredible breadth of ideas and the technology that brought them to life in the Asia Semifinals. A total of 10 teams across Asia was chosen for the Asia Regional Finals and NTU EEE team was one of them. 

The NTU EEE team comprised of Teh Hui Min (EEE/Yr4), Elaine Chong Yan Min (IEM/Yr4) and Dewi Sendjaja (EEE/Yr2). Hui Min and Elaine are in their final year and are building this mobile application as part of their FYP. Dewi is in her second year and she joined the team as part of her URECA project. The team under the tutelage of Prof Wesley and with his encouragement, decided to submit this product for Microsoft Imagine Cup. Their idea was to build a mobile application that enables patients to perform physiotherapy anywhere, anytime in a safe environment without the need of additional equipments. They started brainstorming about the ideas since March 2019, always wanted to develop a social enterprise mobile app with AI and data analytics. 

Physiotherapy and sign language came across as an idea since then. Throughout the journey the brainstormed many ideas and concepts, strengthen business ideas by reading up books and articles about business proposals & recent tech innovations. The team eventually settled on building a physiotherapy application. In a previous team bonding event, Dewi had broken her finger. Hui Min and Elaine who happened to be the seniors in charge, accompanyed her to the A&E for medical assistance. Subsequently Dewi required physiotherapy for her finger to recover effectively and this made them realise the inconvenience of on-site physiotherapy exercises. Hence, they decided to build a physiotherapy application. 

The team had great support from the professor in charge Dr Wesley Tan Chee Wah, who supported the team by providing effective feedbacks enabling them to further refine our ideas along the way. They also had support from seniors who previously participated in the competition. Dr Wesley also linked them up with graduated seniors who previously participated in the competition to ensure that they are well prepared during the day of competition. The team is greatly impressed by the two teams who are proceeding to the world finals. 

Team Nutone from Japan and Team Hollo from Hong Kong captured the attention of the judges by harnessing Microsoft’s Azure Machine Learning and Cognitive Technologies to create solutions that provide greater accessibility, health and wellness to individuals and communities. Team Nutone developed a neck wearable EL (Electrolarynx) that restores the ability to speak for people who have lost their voices. Team Hollo developed a mental health companion and therapist all in one platform for at-risk youth. Both ideas revolved around healthcare and the NTU EEE team readily admitted that in terms of development, the winning teams’s products are more matured and ready for the consumer market. 

 The experience has convinced the team that the EEE education has effectively laid their foundation in learning various technical skills. Moreover they are all from a student body, Garage@EEE where they are exposed to different technical skills beyond our curriculum. Hui Min started her entrepreneurship journey in her first year when she joined the Accelerator programme from Garage@EEE. 

Through our journey in NTU EEE, they felt that they are being equipped with the ability to self learn and hence able to pick up the various skills required for our project like deep learning, web development and database management. This was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to join a global community of student developers making an impact with technology.

Published on 12 March 2020​
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