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Microsoft Imagine Cup Invites Kuwait’s Students to Solve World’s Problems Using Technology
  • Microsoft launches Kuwait round of global competition for the first time
  • Zain, Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) and Burgan Bank pledge support
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Kuwait, Kuwait

Kuwait, – January 10, 2012 – Microsoft today announced the launch of the Kuwait round of the world’s premier student technology competition, Imagine Cup 2012. Now in its tenth year, Imagine Cup 2012 will give students in Kuwait an opportunity to “Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems.”

The competition, which is supported by Zain, the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) and Burgan Bank, is open to students between the age of 16 years and 26 years, empowering them to use their creative and technical abilities to make a positive impact on society. The first place winning team in the Software Design category in the Kuwait finals will participate in the Imagine Cup worldwide finals which will be held in Sydney, Australia in July 2012.

“As a global company Microsoft firmly believes in the ability of technology to make a difference to our world. Combining technology with the innovation and creativity of young people around the globe is a powerful force for change that we aim to tap into with the Imagine Cup,” said Ehab Mostafa, Country Manager, Microsoft Kuwait. “The Kuwait round of this competition will give students a chance to take their ideas to a global forum and an audience of the best young programmers, technologists and designers in the world. We also hope that the Imagine Cup will continue to inspire the next generation of technology and business innovators in Kuwait.”

A number of students from Kuwait have participated at previous editions of the Microsoft Imagine Cup. In 2010, a three member team from the American University of Kuwait (AUK) represented Kuwait at the global Imagine Cup finals with their Multi-Touch Tutoring System which used markers and webcams as tools for disabled consumers to interact with technology. More recently, students from AUK won second place at the 2011 Imagine Cup Gulf’s regional finals and went on to represent Kuwait in the Imagine Cup 2011 finals in New York City, USA. The team’s “Revolutionary Reporting System” project used geographic location tagging on images to make reporting more efficient.

“We are very happy to partner with Microsoft for Kuwait Imagine Cup in 2012 and are excited about the opportunities that this initiative will foster for young innovators in Kuwait,” said Waleed AlKhashti – Corporate Communications & Relations Department Manager at Zain. “Imagine Cup Kuwait is one of few platforms that provide students a chance to showcase their technology innovation, and we believe this is set to inspire the next generation of leaders in Kuwait,” continued AlKhashti.

Additional supporters to the Imagine Cup Kuwait are Asus and Wamda.
Students between the ages of 16 years and 26 years are invited to apply online at http://www.imaginecupgulf.com/Kuwait.aspx by February 28, 2012 to secure a place in the Kuwait round of the competition.

For more information
Miriam Farshoukh
PR Lead – Microsoft Gulf
Tel: +971508249774
Email: a-mifars@microsoft.com

Rosie Muhanna
Weber Shandwick Kuwait
Tel: 965 2232 2998
Email: rosie.muhanna@ws-mena.com

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