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Georgia Tech Students Place Second in Microsoft Imagine Cup Global Finals

Jul 28, 2017

A team from Georgia Tech took home second place in this year's Microsoft Imagine Cup World Finals

Now in its fifteenth year, the annual global competition for young developers challenges students to come up with life-changing software solutions using Microsoft platforms. Competitors must first advance out of their national competitions before qualifying for the global contest.

The Georgia Tech team, Oculogx, built a mixed reality wearhouse navigation app using HoloLens and Microsoft Azure to overlay directions for a worker, making it easier for warehouse workers to find items quickly and increase their efficiency. Oculogx, which was comprised of computer engineering and computer science major Wenqi Xian and computer science majors Cheng Hann Gan and Sarthak Srinivas, competed against 54 other finalist teams over a two day period before the field was narrowed to the final four. Those four teams then competed before a panel of three judges. Oculogx finished behind Team X.GLU from the Czech Republic and ahead of the third and fourth place teams from Argenitina and Canada. 

With their second place finish Oculogx earned $25,000 and $25,000 in credits toward a Microsoft Azure subscription. 

The Oculogx team previously competed for the 2017 Georgia Tech Inventure Prize as PickAR. Oculogx is also a startup company and was founded by industrial and systems engineering student Charu Thomas. They specialize in augmented reality software solutions for other businesses. According to their Imagine Cup team website they are currently working with Wal-Mart on a proof of concept for their warehouse picking technology.