New Delhi, India, August 7, 2014: Microsoft India announced that CodeBlue, an Indian team, has bagged second place in the Apps for Office Challenge at the Imagine Cup 2014 Worldwide Finals held in Seattle on July 31, 2014. Imagine Cup is Microsoft’s premier competition for student technologists, developers and aspiring entrepreneurs from across the globe and a cornerstone of the Microsoft YouthSpark initiative. CodeBlue was awarded a cash prize worth $3,000 for their innovative app at the VIP Dinner for Microsoft leadership which was hosted by Steven Guggenheimer, Corporate Vice President, Developer Experience & Evangelism (DX) & Chief Evangelist, Microsoft. The award was presented to the team by John Case, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Office Division.
Team CodeBlue, comprising Ankur Bhalla, Jehi Jha, Neha Valecha and Saurabh Kanwar, from Manav Rachna College of Engineering, received the second prize for creating Molecule Maker, an app that provides a library of molecule visualizations in World, Excel and Powerpoint, enabling the representation of molecules visually. CodeBlue’s solution is designed to enhance the presentation of scientific and academic research by providing molecule visualization in 2D and 3D models. The representations can be extensively customized in line with the needs of the project topic before being embedded as an image. For 3D representations, models can be rotated and zoomed into to get a perfect image. This can be used to display a chemical formula, molecular weight, and other formulae and units used in scientific and academic writing, greatly improving documents and presentations for students and lecturers worldwide.
Commenting on the Indian team’s success, Joseph Landes, Chief Evangelist, Microsoft India said, “Through the course of this year’s competition, it has been amazing to see the passion and creativity among young technologists and their enthusiasm to make a tangible change through their ideas. I congratulate Team CodeBlue on emerging winners at the global competition.”
The Apps for Office Challenge was part of the Imagine Cup as a platform for developers to create cloud-hosted web apps that work inside Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, and SharePoint. These apps work seamlessly within the installed, desktop versions of Office 2013 and in the Office 365 cloud apps, adding new features, tools, and content to the software used by millions worldwide. Teams of up to four students worldwide were invited to submit short written proposals for their idea earlier this year, and the Microsoft Office team picked the best proposals and worked directly with the chosen teams to develop their web apps.
Over its 12-year history, more than 1.7 million students have competed in Microsoft Imagine Cup. In this year’s World Finals, 34 student teams representing 34 countries competed against each other after winning national and online competitions around the globe. Microsoft awarded cash and other prizes to the winning teams, valued at more than $1 million across the year-long Imagine Cup program.