Computer science student competes in Microsoft Imagine Cup

Nick Doyle, a computer science sophomore, and his team, Beta Max, are U.S. finalists in the Microsoft Imagine Cup and competing for the People's Choice Award in the software design category.

Doyle worked with team members, Daniel Sullivan, a computer science sophomore at Drexel University, and Nicole Micheletti, a sophomore art major at Temple University, to create a three-tier software system that will digitize collected information from community health care workers for a clinic in Sierra Leone. Africa.

The Microsoft Imagine Cup is a technology competition that challenges students to design software and games that solve the world's toughest problems. The 2012 competition asked students to get inspiration from the United Nation’s 8 Millennium Development Goals.

Beta Max was inspired to improve a system that is being used at a clinic in Sierra Leone. Certain patients are unable to physically visit the clinic, so the clinic has mobilized members of the community to act as community health workers. These workers go to the homes of patients, monitor the medications they take and record information about the patient's health status. Currently, the information is recorded on paper, making it difficult for the clinic to collect and analyze the information, and ensure that the workers are visiting the patients. 

The community health workers use a cellphone application to gather the information. The information is then sent to a desktop application at the clinic. From there, the information can be uploaded to a website for analysis. The software will allow the clinic to monitor the community’s health over a certain period of time.

The winner of the People's Choice Award will be announced on May 19, and the team will be recognized at the Imagine Cup 2012 Worldwide Finals held in Sydney, Australia. To vote for Beta Max, visit the Facebook page at, text "BetaMax" to 45444, or tweet "I'm voting for Beta Max in #ICPeoplesChoice" on Twitter.

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Last Updated May 08, 2012