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Microsoft Qatar announces finalists for university students’ technology competition Imagine Cup 2012
  • • Technology competition invites students from Qatar to “Imagine a World where Technology Solves the Toughest Problems”
  • • Shortlisted entries tackle pressing problems of visual impairment and lack of Arabic mobile learning tools and interactive education tools
  • • Competition supported by Qatar Foundation and ictQATAR
Monday, April 02, 2012
Doha, Qatar

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

Abdallah Mallo
Weber Shandwick Qatar
Tel: + 974 44364387
Email: abdallah.mallo@ws-mena.com

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