UH Manoa students named semi-finalists in Walt Disney's ImagiNations competition

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: May 19, 2009

The Happiest Place on Earth recently named four UH Mānoa Information and Computer Sciences teaching assistants as semi-finalists in the 2009 Walt Disney ImagiNations competition.

Undergraduate students Kendyll Doi, Kent Salcedo, Stacy Takeshita, and Megan Terawaki designed a mobile device that would enhance the experience of Walt Disney park goers. The mobile devices would allow park guests to access live data feeds that provide and facilitate GPS, real-time wait times for rides, purchasing of memorabilia, and historical aspects of attractions through computer vision. The students began their work in August 2008, and completed and submitted their design in February 2009.

"The ImagiNation competition encourages originality and a forward vision," said Michael-Brian Ogawa, UH Mānoa ICS faculty member and team advisor. "The success of the students was based on their hard work, innovation and team spirit."

The ImagiNations Competition was created and sponsored by Walt Disney Imagineering, the master planning, creative development, design, engineering, production, project management, and research and development arm of The Walt Disney Company and its affiliates. Imagineers are challenged to build on the Disney legacy of great storytelling to pioneer new forms of entertainment through technical innovation and creativity.

For more information, visit http://disney.go.com/disneycareers/imaginations.