Out of a field of 20,000 students and 60 finalists, a team of four won the Beauty of Programming Contest 2016 for their project, Percepicture. Their project focused on exhibitions, household use and travel. Making full use of the Microsoft Cognitive Services API, Percepicture gives users the ability rotate a picture or turn pages with gestures instead of touching the screen.
The finalists gathered at the Microsoft Shanghai campus to program projects built on Microsoft Azure; apply big data, Microsoft cloud technologies and intelligent cloud services; and solve a practical problem. The last round of the competition required the finalists to choose one of two challenging scenarios: “Build a smart family e-album” or “Perform a massive academic data analysis and visualization.” Teams chose their topic, and with that, a 26-hour programming marathon began.
Head over to the Microsoft Research Blog to find out more about this competition.