27 June, 2014/
What we usually do
Ordinarily we spend our working lives at Xoomworks creating data for digital procurement systems that manage purchase processing for companies. These systems help organisations efficiently manage their acquisition needs and time-scales ensuring higher overall profit by cutting costs on literally every purchase a client makes. We have three centres of excellence one in the UK, one in South Africa and of course the greatest one in Romania!. We work hard and are extremely proud of what we achieve and we truly love what we do. However once in a while, it’s great to look at the bigger picture and to look for an opportunity to give something back to society at large. The team found exactly this type of opportunity via The Imagine cup.
About the Imagine Cup
This is an annual competition that is hosted and sponsored by Microsoft. The aim is to bring together young technologists from around the globe in order to help create digital practises that will resolve some of the world’s toughest issues. The Imagine Cup started in 2003; it has steadily grown in size, with more than 358,000 competitors representing 183 countries and regions so far. The Imagine Cup Worldwide finals have been held all over the globe; last year it was Sydney, Australia and this year it is being held Redmond Seattle USA and Rares and the team are delighted to be going there. The team are officially one of the 35 teams to make it through ahead of 150 other teams who gained entry into the regional finals.
The premise for entry is to create projects that tackle a key theme: “Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems”. Well the team felt they could try to tackle this ideal.
What the team created in order to enter
The project created, and hopes to win the cup with, addresses the somewhat heartbreaking scenario some people find themselves in after having suffered a stroke. Paralysis after a stroke can affect their body muscles as well as facial muscles. It’s the facial muscles that we aim to help them with. These are the muscles that produce sound and speech and the loss of function can be very debilitating for those who suffer after such a dreadful experience. The overall idea of the project is to help them recover from this facial paralysis. The team called the project ‘sMilestone’ and is a combination of Kinect and software that enable people who have suffered brain injuries rehabilitation via exercises done on their own.
The Impressive Team
The Smile Technology (SMT) team was started by Bogdan Mursa, Rares Urdea and Bogdan Pop alongside their mentor Dan Suciu. The key aim is to help society by utilizing technology to overcome major problems that have yet to be addressed.
The Imagine Cup Panel
So come July 29th (until August 2nd) we as a team, and as a representative of Romania office of Xoomworks, will be heading for Redmond Seattle where we have the opportunity to present our idea along with the other finalists to a truly select panel including Satya Nadella the current CEO of Microsoft, Hadi Partovi co-founder of Code.org, Erik Martin General Manager of Reddit and other high flyers in the world of IT. All of which brings us one step closer to the funding and support to turn our project into a reality. We will of course keep you posted.