January 30, 2012
A team of Croatian students have received the Microsoft Imagine Cup Grant at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Microsoft founder Bill Gates, presented the Grant to the Apptenders team, who triumphed over tough competition with 50 teams from around the world also competing for the prize. In addition to the financial aid, Microsoft will provide the winning students with software tools and resources as well as full access to Microsoft Innovation Centers, and connect the team with a network of potential investors, business partners and NGOs in order to give their project the best possible chance for success.
Team Apptenders won the Grant, as well as the national Imagine Cup finals, with the project KiDnect, which uses special software and the Kinect sensor to help children with cerebral palsy as an aid for physical therapy. The system is already used in hospitals in Munich, Germany and Varazdin, Croatia, allowing doctors to create specific exercises for each child and adapt them while monitoring their progress.
The Maksima team worked to raise awareness of this great achievement by the Croatian students and secured coverage of the news in all important print media, TV and radio shows in the country.