Photo of students who won Imagine Cup Competition

Winona State University students Chase Lundstrom, Parbati Sanjel and Tauseef Hemayet of “The Miracle Workers” have received the People’s Choice Award in the 2012 Microsoft Imagine Cup Competition.

The Miracle Workers received the most overall votes, as well as the most votes in the Software Design category, for their project: a sleeping pad designed to help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other respiratory diseases. The sleeping pad monitors the infant’s heartbeat, breathing and movement, sending the data to a PC which in turn sends alerts via a Windows Phone application using Microsoft Visual Studio.

The interdisciplinary project involved departments campuswide, including the College of Business, University Communications, Nursing, Physics and Information Technology.

The three WSU students will attend the Imagine Cup Worldwide competition July 6-11 in Sydney, Australia. Each student will also receive an Xbox 360 with Kinect (4GB).

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