Sri Lankan trio to pitch new mind-reading tech at Microsoft Imagine Cup Regional Finals


COLOMBO, Sri Lanka: A team, comprising M.R. Sajeer Ahamed, M.I. Inzamam and Saif A.C. from the University of Moratuwa will represent Sri Lanka at the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2019 Regional Finals. The trio were the only participants from the South East Asia New Markets to be selected.


The team from Sri Lanka (i.e. The Straw Hats) will compete with 11 teams for over USD 20,000 in prizes in Sydney, Australia on February 12th, 2019 and for a spot in the Imagine Cup World Championship this May.


Hundreds of teams from 17 countries submitted projects for the chance to move forward to the Asia Regional Finals, but only 12—RailinNova (China), Alpha-India (India), Caeli (India), RVSAFE (India), CodeSell (Indonesia), Fisherman (Korea), SUFECS (Malaysia), LookUP (New Zealand), AidUSC (Phillippines), InclusiveAR (Singapore), The Straw Hats (Sri Lanka), and Maker PlayGround (Thailand)—were selected to advance.


The team developed a new mind-reading device that can predict a person’s thoughts by analyzing their neural oscillations or brainwaves—an advance that may allow speech-impaired people to communicate. Their solution, Mind Probe, uses electrodes placed along an individual’s scalp to measure electroencephalogram (EEG) readings.

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