Exeter scores an Imagine Cup hat-trick

Published on: 24 July 2015

A team of students have made it to the Microsoft Imagine Cup global grand final – the third year in a row the University of Exeter has been represented.

With a simple handshake team Siymb’s innovative wearable technology allows people to swap contact details, making the networking process much more effective. The technology is contained in a wristband and could transform the way people at conference and events interact with each other.

Team Siymb is made up of Konstantin Wunscher a second year Finance and Economics student, first year Marketing student Konstantin Delov and Jakob Zeitler who is in his first year studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

The threesome will be competing in the Microsoft Imagine Cup world final in Seattle on 31 July following in the footsteps of team Vanguard who competed last year and Colinked who, with their app SoundSYNK, took the top prize in 2013.

Siymb have seen off competition from 150 teams from 64 countries to win a space representing the UK in the final of the competition. The team will be will be competing for the chance to win $50,000 in funding and a one-to-one session with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

Instead of forcing people to change their behaviour Siymb found an innovative way to use the power of technology to harness information during an established business greeting.

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A smartphone can be synced the wristband which then seamlessly transmits predetermined information from one user to another with a handshake. Details instantly become available through an integrated online system, avoiding the laborious process of manually inputting contact information, where mistakes can creep in. The future potential of the app includes the ability to instantly share other content, such as documents or videos.

The app is aimed at busy business professionals who are always looking for new ways to be more efficient, the team believes the idea will eliminate antiquated business cards for good.

The Microsoft's Imagine Cup is a global student technology program and competition that provides opportunities for students across all disciplines to team up and use their creativity.

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