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Drexel Students Present Imagine Cup Project to Microsoft CEO and PA Governor

March 14, 2011

Drexel Students Present Imagine Cup ProjectMarch 14, 2011 Drexel students Zachary Howitt (BSB&E) and Daniel Sullivan (CS) presented their Imagine Cup project to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, Wednesday, March 9, 2011.

“It was an honor to be able to share our idea with such important people,” Sullivan said. “I felt that they really listened and were interested in what we had to say.”

Howitt and Sullivan’s project is a mobile application that functions as a surveying tool for community health workers in third world countries. According to Howitt, the application will track workers as they see patients and allows the clinic to collect and record information, such as time, location and details of the visit.

“As of now, there is no way to track if the community health workers are doing their jobs and actually seeing patients, nor is there an easy way to collect the information they gather,” Sullivan said. “Our project creates a way for the clinics to be able determine what questions are being asked, and know where the worker was when they claim they meet with the patient.”

Howitt and Sullivan are currently in the semi-finals and will know within the next few weeks if their application will advance to the US Finals.

The Imagine Cup is a worldwide technology competition for students. The US Finals competition will be held in Redmond, Wash. in April, and the worldwide finals will be held in New York City in July. Dr. Frank Lee, associate teaching professor of Computer Science and co-director of Drexel Game Design Program, has been invited to judge the Game Design competition in April.

Ballmer and Corbett were attending the Microsoft Technology Center’s grand opening in Malvern. The Microsoft Technology Center (MTC) was established to support Microsoft’s global partners and assists businesses with new technology solutions.

To read about the MTC event, click here.