Cork Institute of Technology students Brendan Flaherty, Andy Lynch, and Jason Alan Nelligan, won the first prize in the competition’s World Citizenship category, winning a prize of $3,000.
The event was hosted at Microsoft’s HQ in Sandyford, Dublin, on April 23.
The winning project is an application which uses Windows technology to provide essential data to emergency services.
The app sends data such as accident location, photographs and video, and allowsg the services to assess the situation before reaching the scene.
Brendan Flaherty said “One central focus in developing the app was ease of use for members of the public arriving on the scene of an accident so we developed a three finger tap mechanism to activate it.”
“It then sends information about the user’s location to the emergency services and gives the option of recording still or moving photography. We anticipate that the app could lead to the paramedic being able to assess the severity of the accident before arriving on the scene.”
“Advance contact could then be made with the local accident and emergency department, helping with triage. We are delighted to take the first place prize in the World Citizenship category of the 2015 Microsoft Imagine Cup Pitch Video Challenge and look forward to competing in other aspects of the competition in future.”
The team will now compete with five other international winning teams at the World Semi Finals.