Kiwi app takes top prize in Microsoft comp

Last updated 12:19 04/08/2014

APP-LAUSE: The Estimeet team.

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An app developed by a group of Auckland students has won a top prize in a worldwide competition run by Microsoft.

The app, Estimeet, is designed to check whether people are running late for meetings. It won first prize in the "innovation" category of Microsoft's Imagine Cup' awards in Seattle, netting the students $50,000.

The Imagine Cup itself went to a team of students in Australia.

Estimeet members Hayden Do, Jason Wei, Chris Duan, and Derek Zhu designed their app to track the location of people making their way to business meetings or social gatherings. People could check whether those they were meeting might be running late.

Students from 34 countries competed for the prizes. Estimeet was the first New Zealand team to win a top category at the event, but Microsoft New Zealand spokesman Nigel Parker said the country had "punched above its weight" by getting a team in the top-10 four times in the past five years.

The Australian app, Eyenemia, which won the top prize, was developed by two medical students and is designed to diagnose anaemia from smartphone "selfies".

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