One of Microsoft Sri Lankas best known and anticipated annual student competitions
, Imagine Cup 2010, will be held on the 29th of April in Colombo. The competition
will see students from universities and education institutes across the island compete
in innovation and creativity categories for a spot within the contingent that will
travel to Poland later this year to take part in the global event. The 2010 Imagine
Cup challenges its participants to “imagine a world where technology helps
solve the toughest problems” encouraging young minds to reflect on the Millennium
Development Goals proposed by the United Nations to generate their inventions.
“Together we can make a difference” has been the core aphorism behind
this world renowned student technology competition which brings together hundreds
of students from around the world each year to display their creative talents. The
Imagine Cup has grown over the years and to over 300,000 students registering for
last years global competition. This year Imagine Cup offers new echelons of challenges
with the introduction of 3 separate awards in addition to the 4 categories of competitions.
The new award additions this year have been the Interoperability Award, Touch &
Tablet Accessibility Award and the Next Generation Web Award. Categories like Software
Design, Embedded Development, Game Development, Robotics and Algorithm, IT Challenge,
Mash Up, Photography, Short Film and Design give students an unlimited scope to
work with. This year, the local competition received an unprecedented number of
entries with over 25 entries applying to compete.
Speaking on this year’s competition and his hopes for the teams Mr. Wellington
Perera, Director - Developer Platform Evangelism, Microsoft Sri Lanka said “Through
the Imagine Cup, Microsoft aims to encourage our youth to take a stand on issues
and work on ways to solve problems to make the future better for themselves and
the country. Our competing teams have always done us proud with many wins at the
global competitions. The amount of work and time they put into these projects really
shows in the passion and commitment the teams put across in their presentations.
Our track record at previous global competitions has also reflected our teams’ hard
work with many recognitions and achievements to our name. I believe that this year’s
teams will raise the bar even higher”.
At the recently concluded first round of the local competition, 8 teams moved forward
to the final round which is to be held on the 29th of April 2010. The 8 finalist
teams comprise of three teams from University of Colombo (Teams Collectivists, Saturnin
and GreenBros) , two teams from Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology –
SLIIT (Teams JIIB and HELY), two teams from the University of Moratuwa (Teams 4-Alliance
and Saggezza) and one team from the University of Peradeniya (Team MakeIT).
Mr. Nuwan Kodagoda, Head, Department of Information Technology, Sri Lanka Institute
of Information Technology, speaking on the impact of the competition said The Imagine
Cup has now become one of the key events, showcasing the talents of IT undergraduates
in Sri Lanka. It has helped inspire IT Undergraduates to use the latest technologies
to solve real world problems and has opened many opportunities for those who have
actively participated in the competition in the past. In 2009 winners of the Sri
Lankan edition of the Imagine Cup “Team Mahee” from SLIIT were able
to proceed to the second round in the World Finals held in Egypt.
The overall theme of the Imagine Cup events is for students to employ different
technologies to solve problems or better standards. The creativity and innovation
aspect of the competition comes from the students themselves, who will work in teams
to present and justify these projects to a panel of judges who will evaluate them
based on the creativity and technical merit of their project as well as the viability
and innovativeness of their idea.
This year’s local winners will move on to compete in the global competition
in Poland where they will come up against some of the brightest young minds in the
world, giving them a platform to learn from other countries while also exhibiting
local talent and innovative skills to the world. Microsoft Sri Lanka firmly believes
that given the success of local teams in the global competition in previous years,
this year’s teams will do their universities and country proud and wish all
the competing teams the best of luck.