Doha, Qatar – 2 April 2012: Visual impairment and the availability of Arabic mobile
learning tools and interactive education tools are just some of the issues addressed
in the short listed Microsoft Imagine Cup technology solutions in Qatar for this
year’s competition. Microsoft Qatar today revealed the four projects which have
qualified for the Qatar Country Finals of Microsoft’s premier technology competition,
Imagine Cup 2012.
Now in its tenth year, Microsoft’s Imagine Cup, in partnership with Qatar Foundation
for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) and TumuhaTEC, 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.
"We are impressed with the entries received thus far for the Imagine Cup competition,
as the entries are an excellent showcase of the young talent we have here in Qatar.”
said Naim Yazbeck, Country Manager, Microsoft Qatar. “The notion of making the world
a better place is at the heart of Imagine Cup and it provides a platform for the
brightest young minds across Qatar to express their creativity and passion for technology
by coming up with new solutions for the challenges we face today in the world. The
teams have exhibited tremendous passion and innovation and I wish them the very
best of luck in the competition. Our focus on Imagine Cup reflects Microsoft’s continued
commitment in supporting young talent to drive future prosperity in Qatar.”
The projects selected for the short list were submitted by teams from universities
across the country, including those from QF’s branch campuses. Two of the four talented
groups who qualified for the Qatar Country Finals are from QF’s Carnegie Mellon
University in Qatar and Texas A&M University at Qatar, while the other two groups
are from Qatar University. Using their creativity, the students developed ideas
to address the Imagine Cup 2012 theme: ‘Imagine a world where technology helps solve
the toughest problems.’
“The Microsoft Imagine Cup Qatar submissions, including those from Qatar Foundation’s
branch campuses, have demonstrated the breadth of local creativity and talent that
we have here in Qatar,” said Sa'di Awienat, IT Director at QF. “QF is committed
to nurturing these talented young students and as a partner of Imagine Cup Qatar,
we are ensuring their creativity and potential is unlocked on our mission to help
transform the nation to a knowledge economy.”
The first place winning team in the Software Design category in the Qatar Country
Finals, taking place on April 24th, 2012 will advance to participate in the Imagine
Cup worldwide finals which will be held in Sydney, Australia in July 2012.
The four projects shortlisted from Qatar are:
- • 3D-KINDIO: The project by the ‘Technology Lanterns’ team from Qatar University
who, by combining hardware and software applications that use Kinect camera, 3D
Audio, and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies have developed a program to assist
the virtually impaired.
- • ArabicTutor: The project is a submission by the ‘Arabic Oasis’ from Qatar
University. The submission outlines plans for an m-learning platform for interactive
linguistic skill acquisition, particularly for learning Arabic spelling and vocabulary.
- • DreamerPort: A submission from the ‘DreamerVoice’ team which includes members
from Carnegie Mellon University Qatar and Texas A&M University Qatar, the DreamPort
is set to be a social network that bases itself on connecting people with similar
interests, dreams and aspirations.
- • Kinect Funzee: The project is an interactive game that helps students learn
and have fun at the same time and was submitted by ‘Team Prince’ whose members are
from Carnegie Mellon University Qatar.
Imagine Cup compliments Microsoft's Unlimited Potential commitment to create social
and economic opportunities through programs and products that transform education,
foster local innovation and enable jobs and opportunities worldwide.
For more information on Imagine Cup 2012, please visit
http://www.imaginecupgulf.com/qatar.aspx where you can also register to
attend the Qatar Country Finals happening on April 24.
For more information
PR Lead – Microsoft Gulf
Weber Shandwick Qatar
Tel: + 974 44364387