A first-year student at Waterloo Engineering is competing in Redmond, Washington this week in a global event for student app developers sponsored by Microsoft.
Kathrine von Friedl, who is studying mechatronics engineering, is on a three-member team called SafeTrip that developed an app to track the eye movements of drivers during a hackathon in Toronto earlier this year.
The team is one of 12 finalists for the Americas in the Imagine Cup, a worldwide competition that challenges students to “create applications that shape how we live, work and play.” Members were also featured in a story on the Microsoft website.
The SafeTrip app takes a photo every second for analysis by a Microsoft tool called Azure Custom Vision to determine when a driver’s eyes are closed for three seconds or more. If so, it is designed to sound an alarm and alert emergency officials.
The winners of the Americas event on Friday earn $15,000 US and a spot in the Imagine Cup world championships, which have a $100,000 US grand prize, next week.
SafeTrip also includes Elaheh Jalapour and Partoo Vafaeikia from the University of Toronto.