Students from l'X represent France in the finals of the Microsoft Imagine Cup
Five students from École Polytechnique won in the French finals of the "Microsoft Imagine Cup", a global student competition for technological innovation. The team is thus selected to participate in the international finals that will take place in July in Seattle in the United States.
Their application OverSkill has already conquered, on May 18th, the jury of the "Microsoft Imagine Cup" in France. Five Ingénieur Polytechnicien students: Thomas Galeon, Thomas Dupuis, Maxime Bourliatoux, Alexandre Brenellière and Nicolas Augusti are hoping to win in the finals of this international competition, which purports to create innovative applications. Each year, tens of thousands of students from around the world participate in this contest, which offers $ 100,000 to winners.
> In what context did you decide to participate in this competition?
In the 2nd year, all Ingénieur Polytechnicien students participate in a Collective Scientific Project in groups of five or seven people. We chose to carry out our project around the creation of an innovative product in the field of health. We thus decided to develop an application using Microsoft's HoloLens helmet, available to developers since the beginning of 2016 and available to us thanks to the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Directorate of École Polytechnique. We discovered the competition during a meeting with a team of Microsoft that came to l'X and decided to participate in order to face a human and technological challenge.
> Can you explain your project?
We developed OverSkill, a self-improvement application that allows everyone to develop physical and cognitive abilities in a playful and interactive way. This application uses mixed reality, a simulation that mixes virtual elements with a real decoration and allows to project any type of interface or element in a consistent way. The application allows a real follow-up of the progression and an adaptation to the user. The exercises take the form of a series of mini-games targeting each specific skill such as speed, agility and memory. The limited duration of these exercises is perfect for people with busy schedules.
> What does this victory in the French finals means for you ?
This victory is the achievement of a year of work. We did not expect to get so far into the competition and we are extremely honored that the jury chose OverSkill in the French finals. The next step will be Seattle in July, where we will represent France in the international finals. This will undoubtedly be an incredible experience and we will have to defend the colors of École Polytechnique!
> What do you expect from this adventure?
Participating in the Imagine Cup competition is above all an opportunity to meet experts from Microsoft and get feedback on our work. We hope to capitalize on our stay in Seattle to make our project ripe. As for the follow-up to OverSkill, we take everything in its own time but, if the organization of our schedule at l'X allows it, we could create a start-up at the end of 2017.