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4 May, 2006 | Archived Post

Microsoft Australia calls for entries into the 2006 Imagine Cup

Sydney, Australia - Thursday, 04 May 2006: Students interested in software design are urged to get cracking on their entries to Microsoft’s 2006 Imagine Cup competition. With an all-expenses paid trip to Delhi, India, and a first prize of US$25,000 up for grabs, students need to enter their submissions by 30 May to be in the running for these great prizes.

Last year, Doug Stockwell, a student at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, was picked as the Australian finalist in the 2005 Microsoft Imagine Cup. As a result, Doug won himself an all-expenses paid trip to Yokohama, Japan, where his online language-training tool competed against entries from some of the world’s most innovative students.

“I found participating in the 2005 Imagine Cup to be a truly unique way to prove my skills as a student software developer,” said Mr Stockwell.

“With the freedom to build almost any application, I set out to create something that not only met the competition criteria but that was also of immediate benefit.”

The theme of this year's Microsoft Imagine Cup, "Imagine a world where technology enables us to live healthier lives", is a challenge to the world's student technologists to contribute to the mission of improving health around the world.

“In the Imagine Cup, it’s left to the student to define health and decide how to use technology to make a real difference in the lives of people everywhere,“ said Mr Pradeepa De Silva, IT Pro Audience Manager, Microsoft Australia.

“For one student, it may look like a medical breakthrough. For another, it may be represented by a clean glass of water.

“India also provides the perfect backdrop for the world finals of the 2006 Imagine Cup. It’s fast becoming one the world’s software powerhouses and it will be a great forum for sharing ideas, and meeting other young innovators who have travelled from all corners of the globe,” said Mr De Silva.

Echoing Mr De Silva’s comment, Mr Stockwell said: “The world finals in Yokohama in 2005 presented a great opportunity to meet students from around the globe who, like me, share a passion for developing mind-blowing software. At the end of the competition, I walked away from an amazing experience with a project open to commercialisation opportunities and a very nice addition to my resume.”

Started by Microsoft in 2003, the Imagine Cup challenges students from across the world to use technology to solve some of the planet’s toughest problems. In its inaugural year the competition attracted 1,000 students from 25 countries. In 2005, nearly 17,000 students from 92 countries participated, and in 2006 Microsoft is confident even more students will heed its call to action.

Project submissions for the competition close on 30 May 2006, and the Australian finalists will be announced in June. Worldwide finals will be held in Delhi, India from 6 – 12 August 2006.

Prizes in detail

Imagine Cup – Australian finals
The top three groups will compete at the Australian Finals in Sydney for the following prizes.

1st place winning team:
-Represent Australia at the international final in Delhi, India, of the Imagine Cup 2006 Software Design invitational
-Return economy scheduled flights
-Return transfers
-Hotel accommodation for 6 nights
-The Academic Mentor will receive AUD$2000

2nd place winning team:
-Xbox 360 Gaming Pack valued at $649 rrp and
-The Academic Mentor will receive AUD$1000

3rd place winning team:
-A copy of Microsoft Vista and 2007 Microsoft Office system at launch
-The Academic Mentor will receive AUD$500

Imagine Cup global:
Global competitors at the world finals in Delhi, India, can take home US$25,000 for winning the software design invitational.

For further information on the Microsoft Imagine Cup or to register your entry, students should visit:

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For more information or to arrange an interview:

Clair Deevy
Public Relations Manager
Microsoft Australia
Ph: 02 9870 2508 or 0404 090 292

Ben Tan
Howorth Communications
Ph: 02 8281 3830 or 0418 488 827


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