Young people from all over the country competed Monday in the US final round of 's student technology competition, the Imagine Cup.
The contest, which took place at the Redmond campus, brought 73 high-school and college students together to present innovative projects that range from software to mobile apps. All the projects were designed to present technology solutions to problems in areas such as healthcare, the environment, and education.
Arizona State University's Team FlashFood took first place in software design for its development of a web- and smartphone-based app that links families in need to same-day food delivery. The team will advance to the international Imagine Cup, held July 6-10 in Sydney, Australia.
“We’re able to solve a problem with hunger and food waste that couldn’t have been solved a couple of years ago without the instant digital communication available from the combo of smartphones, websites and mass text messages services,” Eric Lehnhardt, a FlashFood team member, said in a Microsoft news release.
The University of Washington-Bothell, the only local school to participate in the competition, had teams that placed fourth in the Software Design competition and third in Game Design for Windows/Xbox.
Correction: An earlier version of this post gave the incorrect name for the winning Arizona State team. It is FlashFood, not FlashFlood.