Sydney was the setting for the finals of Microsoft’s 2012 Imagine Cup student technology competition. At the end of the five day competition, team quadSquad, from Ukraine, walked away with the Cup and $25,000 in prize money.

The theme for this year, and the three previous years as well, was “imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems”. The competition threw up all manner of entries, from applications to improve the quality of life for the disabled to reconnaissance flying vehicles for emergencies, and at least a couple of cloud-based medical devices.

Users of non-Microsoft technology need not apply, as competition sections were based on use of Microsoft’s Kinect, Windows Phone, Windows Azure and Metro styling, and game design for Microsoft’s Xbox and Windows Phone platforms.

The Imagine Cup is another one of those helping hands from Microsoft that is ultimately about getting Microsoft’s products out there.

Check out the gallery to see the cool project that the competitors came up with.