Microsoft Announces Finalists for Global Student Technology Competition
May 23, 2011
More than 400 students invited to showcase their technology to solve the world’s toughest problems at Microsoft Imagine Cup 2011 Worldwide Finals in New York.

NEW YORK — May 23, 2011 — In July, more than 400 of the brightest young minds from around the world will travel to New York to showcase their innovative ideas for using technology to solve the world’s toughest problems. As the winners of regional, national and online Imagine Cup competitions, these high school and university students represent the pinnacle of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurialism from 73 countries and regions around the globe.

This year, more than 350,000 students from 183 countries registered for Microsoft Corp.’s Imagine Cup, the world’s premier student technology competition. The 124 student teams secured their places at the July 8–13 Worldwide Finals event, where they will demonstrate technological advancements in problem-solving and compete for international recognition and $215,000 (U.S.) in cash prizes in categories including Software Design, Embedded Development, Game Design, Digital Media, Windows Phone 7, IT Challenge, Interoperability Challenge, Windows 7 Touch Challenge and the Orchard Challenge. The students’ projects tackle serious humanitarian issues, often inspired by the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, such as the environment, health, accessibility and education.

“Some of history’s greatest inventions were created by students. With the Microsoft Imagine Cup, students apply their innovative thinking to real-world causes in order to generate the future’s greatest inventions as well,” said S. Somasegar, senior vice president, Developer Division at Microsoft. “To see young innovators and entrepreneurs harness their creativity and talent to benefit a greater good is absolutely inspiring.”

Last year, Team GINA from the Czech Republic was among the finalist teams that competed at the Imagine Cup 2010 Worldwide Finals in Warsaw, Poland. The team developed GINA (Geographical INformation Assistant), an innovative software system for mobile equipment that provides navigation in difficult terrain, helps coordinate rescue teams, and enables the efficient exchange of geographical information. Together with the humanitarian organization Hand for Help Europe o.s. and its partners, the GINA system has been deployed in Haiti to track the progress of the cholera epidemic, and recently has been helping rescue workers in Japan monitor areas affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami that devastated the country.

“Technology has tremendous potential to solve humanitarian problems, and the Imagine Cup gave me a platform to share my ideas for making the world a better place,” said Team GINA member Zbynek Poulicek. “The Imagine Cup was also a launching pad to start my own business and have an impact in places like Haiti and Japan.”

More information about the GINA system is available at http://www.ginasystem.com.

2011 marks the first time that the Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals event, now in its ninth year, will take place in the United States. Although the primary focus of the gathering is the competition, the finalist teams will also have opportunities to attend special training sessions, meet peers from around the world, and participate in volunteer and cultural activities while in New York. The final event of the competition, the Imagine Cup World Festival and Awards Ceremony, will take place on Wednesday, July 13.

The worldwide finalist teams are:

Country

Category

School(s)

Team Name

Algeria

Software Design

Ecole Nationale Superieur d’Informatique

Epsilon

Algeria

Embedded Development

Ecole Nationale Superieur d’Informatique

Green Stroumpfs

Armenia

Software Design

Yerevan State University, State Engineering University of Armenia

X-Tech

Algeria

Software Design

Ecole Nationale Superieur d’Informatique

Epsilon

Australia

Software Design

Canberra University

UCEEG

Bangladesh

Software Design

American International University

Rapture

Belgium

Windows Phone 7

Campus karel de goedelaan Howest

Digitron-WP7

Belgium

Game Design Mobile

Campus karel de goedelaan Howest

Crash Games

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Software Design

Slobomir P University

CPU Team

Brazil

Software Design

Federal University of Pernambuco

LevelUp

Brazil

Embedded Development

UFPE, Universidade de Pernambuco, Universidade Federal Rual de Pernambuco

Embedded Brain

Brazil

Game Design (Windows/Xbox)

Federal University of Pernambuco

Replay

Brazil

Game Design (Windows/Xbox)

Universidade Positivo

Signum Games

Brazil

Digital Media

Universidade Estadual Paulista

Quarentaedois

Brazil

Interoperability Challenge

Federal University of Pernambuco

Bells Team

Bulgaria

Software Design

Technical University of Sofia, New Bulgarian University and Sofia University

Walk2Help

Bulgaria

Game Design (Web)

Sofia University, University of Hertfordshire

GreenWorld

Chile

Software Design

Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria

Lifeware S.A.C.

China

Software Design

City Institute, Dalian University of Technology

Care Everyone

China

Embedded Development

Tsinghua University

Harmonicare

China

IT Challenge

Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Xuewen Tian

Colombia

Embedded Development

Universidad Icesi

Freakin’ Mind

Costa Rica

Software Design

Not available

CarPooling Mate Finder

Croatia

Software Design

Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb

Apptenders

Cyprus

Software Design

University of Cyprus

iDOC

Czech Republic

Software Design

Faculty of Informatics at Masaryk University

Celebrio Software

Czech Republic

Game Design (Windows/Xbox)

Brno University of Technology

WickedTeam

Ecuador

Software Design

Escuela Superior Politécnica del Chimborazo

Falcon Dev

Egypt

Software Design

Faculty of Computers and Information, Cairo University

Cairo Team 3

Egypt

Embedded Development

Ain Shams University, Computer and Systems Engineering

ideas 4 u

Finland

Software Design

Turku University of Applied Sciences

25k

France

Software Design

École Française d’Électronique et d’Informatique

Dream'n'Touch

France

Embedded Development

École Française d’Électronique et d’Informatique

Give Me 4

France

Game Design (Mobile)

Epitech

Close World Mobile

France

Game Design (Mobile)

Ingesup, Supinfogame

Geekologic

France

IT Challenge

Supinfo International University

Jean-Sebastien Duchene

Germany

Software Design

Dresden University of Technology

majiRanger

Germany

Embedded Development

Duale Hochschule Baden-Wurttemberg

JOFNET

Germany

IT Challenge

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Alexander Wachtel

Greece

Software Design

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Epione

Greece

Interoperability Challenge

Athens University of Economics and Business

alaniarides

India

Software Design

University College of Engineering, Punjabi University

Infiniti

India

Embedded Development

V.E.S. Institute of Technology

Drushti

India

Digital Media

Madurai Kamaraj University, University of Birmingham

Green Uno

Indonesia

Software Design

Telkom Institute of Technology

Gatotkaca

Indonesia

Embedded Development

University of Indonesia

MACARA

Iraq

Software Design

American University of Iraq- Sulaimani

Hawk

Ireland

Software Design

Institute of Technology Sligo

Hermes

Italy

Software Design

University Frederico Secondo of Naples

Nea Soft

Japan

Software Design

Dosisha University

MI3

Japan

Embedded Development

Kyoto University of Technology, Salesian Polytechnic, Osaka Municipal College of Design

SunDonation

Jordan

Software Design

German Jordanian University, Petra University, Princess Sumaya University

Oasys

Korea

Software Design

SeJong University

Four Leaf Clover

Korea

Embedded Development

National University

Link Your Passion

Korea

Windows Phone 7

Dongguk University, Samgmyung University

HOMERUN

Korea

Windows Phone 7

Seoul National University of Technology, Soongsil University in Seoul, Korea University of Technology and Education, Ewha Women’s University

Zipi Zigi

Kuwait

Software Design

American University of Kuwait

SWAP Team

Lebanon

Software Design

American University of Beirut

D4W

Malaysia

Software Design

UCTI University, Asia Pacific University

Team Cyber Knightz

Mexico

Software Design

Universidad Iberoamericana

Brain

Mexico

Game Design (Mobile)

Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico

Fomis Phone Team

Morocco

Software Design

École Marocaine des Sciences de l’Ingénieur

Whitelight

Netherlands

Software Design

Not available

Olife

New Zealand

Software Design

University of Auckland

OneBuzz

Nigeria

Software Design

Federal University of Technology

Nerds Inc.

Oman

Digital Media

Sultan Qaboos University

Brothers Forever

Oman

Software Design

Sultan Qaboos University

Edunology

Pakistan

Embedded Development

Lahore University of Management Sciences

The Pioneers

Pakistan

Software Design

FAST — National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Islamabad

V3C

Palestinian Authorities

Software Design

Palestine Polytechnic University

Vital Dreams

Peru

Software Design

Universidad Católica Santo Toribio de Mogrovejo

Nawy Harkay

Philippines

Game Design (Web)

De La Salle University

Signum Fidei

Philippines

Software Design

Ateneo De Manila University, De La Salle University

polymor.ph

Poland

Embedded Development

Wojskowa Akademia Technicza

WCY_TEAM

Poland

Game Design (Web)

Uniwersytet Im. Adama Mickiewicza

Cellardoor

Poland

Interoperability Challenge

Uniwerstytet Adama Mickiewicza W Poznaniu

DemosceneSpirit

Poland

IT Challenge

Poznan University of Technology

Blazej Matuszyk

Poland

Software Design

Polytechnika Lodzka

CodeRaiders

Portugal

Software Design

Instituto Politecnico Do Cavado E Do Ave

RescueMe

Puerto Rico

Software Design

Universidad Metropolitana, Sistema Ana G. Mendez

Team A41

Romania

Digital Media

NW College London, Universitatea Bucuresti

M.N.A.

Romania

Embedded Development

Gh. Asachi Technical University of Iasi

Endeavour_Design

Romania

IT Challenge

Alexandru Ioan University

Sinescu Ionut

Romania

Software Design

Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca

Simplex

Russia

Embedded Development

Saratov State Technical University

Calvus

Russia

Game Design (Mobile)

Yaroslavl State University

CRS

Russia

Software Design

Moscow Aviation Institute

Oriteam

Senegal

Software Design

L’ecole polytechnique de Dakar

CYAN GIRLS

Serbia

Software Design

University of Novi Sad

4K-join

Singapore

Embedded Development

Nanyang Polytechnic

Skynet

Singapore

IT Challenge

Nanyang Polytechnic

Yunheng Mong

Singapore

Software Design

Temasek Polytechnic

ElderGuardian

Singapore

Windows Phone 7

Tamesek Polytechnic

Code Instincts

Slovakia

Game Design (Web)

Slovak University of Technology

Quegee Team

Slovakia

Software Design

Technicka Univerzita V Kosiciach

Zippers

Slovenia

Software Design

University of Maribor, Feri

2ndsight

South Africa

Software Design

University of Cape Town

Komodo1

Spain

Software Design

Castilla La Mancha University

Software4life

Spain

Embedded Development

Mondragon Unibertsitatea

Argitech

Sri Lanka

Software Design

University of Peradeniya

Pera Soft

Sweden

Software Design

Uppsala Universitet

Life Map

Switzerland

Software Design

Hendrik Knoch

Texting4All

Taiwan

Software Design

Taipei University

Miner

Taiwan

Embedded Development

National Tsing Hua University

NTHUCS

Taiwan

Digital Media

National Taipei University of Technology

Cottoncandy

Thailand

Game Design (Windows/Xbox)

Mahidol University

JubJub

Thailand

Software Design

Chulalongkorn University

NewKrean

Trinidad & Tobago

Software Design

University of the Southern Caribbean

Codec

Tunisia

Software Design

Engineering School of Gabes

Sight Browser

Turkey

Software Design

Bahcesehir University

Co2ncerned

Uganda

Software Design

Makerere University College of Science, Makerere University College of Computing and Informatics

Quest-0

Ukraine

Software Design

Odessa Computer Academy “Step”

DashPoint

Ukraine

Digital Media

IT Academy Step, Kharkov

Digital Dream

United Arab Emirates

Software Design

University of Wollongong in Dubai

The Hex Pistols

United Kingdom

Software Design

University of Manchester

Project OVE

United Kingdom

Embedded Development

University of York

Cycling into Trees

United States

Software Design

Arizona State University

Note-Taker

United States

Embedded Development

Santiago Canyon College

Syntax Errors

United States

Game Design (Web)

Ithaca College

ICsquared

United States

Windows Phone 7

University of California Los Angeles Anderson School of Management, University of California Davis, Harvard Business School, University of Central Florida

LifeLens

United States

Game Design (Mobile)

Rice University

Team Dragon

Venezuela

Software Design

Universidad Central de Venezuela

UCV-Ideas

Vietnam

Software Design

Hanoi University of Technology

MIGI

Microsoft also announced the winners of the Orchard Challenge and Windows 7 Touch Challenge, two of Imagine Cup’s online competitions. The first place teams in these challenges will represent their countries at the Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals:

Category

Place

Country

School(s)

Team Name

Orchard Challenge

1st

Denmark

Aarhus University

MP Brun

Orchard Challenge

2nd

Brazil

Escola Politecnica da Universidade de Sao Paulo, Universidade Estadual de Campinas

Virtual Dreams — Orchard

Orchard Challenge

3rd

Serbia

Metropolitan University, Tehnicki Fakultet Mihajilo Pupin

Zveen Zveen Team

Windows 7 Touch Challenge

1st

France

University of Orleans

India Rose

Windows 7 Touch Challenge

2nd

Indonesia

Telkom Institute of Technology

_dreambender_

Windows 7 Touch Challenge

3rd

Japan

Senior High School at Komaba, University of Tsukuba

IUVO

Additional information about the worldwide finalist teams and projects can be found on the Imagine Cup blog. A sortable spreadsheet of the finalist teams and projects, as well as more information about the Microsoft Imagine Cup, is available at the Imagine Cup Virtual Pressroom.

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