Bangladesh’s students make their way to Microsoft Imagine Cup Finals

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Bangladesh’s Team Parasitica won the judges’ Worldwide Finalist and most popular team awards at the prestigious Microsoft Imagine Cup South East Asia Regional Finals. The team will now compete at the Imagine Cup World Finals to be held in July in Seattle, USA.

Addressing the Imagine Cup theme of solving world problems through technology, Team Parasitica’s  medical diagnostic app named fasTnosis was also chosen as a fan favorite through an online voting component of the regional finals. fasTnosis uses artificial intelligence to improve medical diagnosis.

The app can diagnose tuberculosis, malaria and intestinal infections. The young technologist team is comprised of Thohidul Islam, Syed Nakib Hossain and Fazle Rabbi Rahat – all students of BUET.

Sonia Bashir Kabir, Managing Director, Microsoft Bangladesh, said, “The Bangladesh team, Parasitica, has again proven that our youth, given the opportunity, has the potential to succeed in any global platform. Microsoft understands that potential, and is working to help Bangladesh discover and nurture these hidden talents.”

Md. Ashadul Islam, Secretary-In-Charge, Ministry of Youth and Sports, who accompanied Team Parasitica to Manila, said, “The experience of Imagine Cup has been a unique journey for not only Team Parasitica but also for all participating teams. The success of Bangladeshi youth is something we should build on for the future. I thank Microsoft for this unique opportunity and wish further success of such an endeavor.”

Team Parasitica will be competing at the World Finals against 50 student teams from all over the world. The teams are vying for the top prize of US$100,000, mentorship opportunities with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, and Azure grants and credits to bring their winning solution to the market.

Held every year since 2003, Microsoft Imagine Cup, often called the “Olympics of Technology,” is the world’s premier youth technology competition. All Imagine Cup competitors create projects that address the Imagine Cup theme of solving the world’s toughest challenges through technology.

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