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Team V360 from Moratuwa University bags National Imagine Cup 2012

- Winner and 2nd runner up from Moratuwa University -

Colombo, 27th April 2012. A triumphant Mortauwa University celebrated a double victory at the recently concluded Microsoft Imagine Cup 2012 when 2 of their teams became winners and 2nd runners up at the competition, which was held at the Sri Lanka Institute of Technology. The University, which won the national Imagine Cup three years consecutively, from the inception of its introduction to Sri Lanka in 2005, got back the cup after a four year lapse.

The Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Ananda Jayawardane said “Imagine Cup is a very important competition for the university, and has provided our undergraduate students as well as mentoring faculty members some great opportunities to innovate as well as present their innovations on an international platform. Our students are not strangers to winning the National Imagine Cup and I am very glad that our winning spirit is back. The Moratuwa University prides itself not only in encouraging innovation but also supporting our students in taking their innovations to market and entrepreneurship. We congratulate both our teams V360 who won the cup and Team Sharks who became the 2nd runner up. We will give team V360 every support they need to win at the World Imagine Cup Finals in Australia and have no doubt they will do their very best.”

Thurupathan Vijayakumar, Malin De Silva and Rukshan Lakshitha Dangalle of the V360 Team who won for their a technology solution ‘Back to Earth’, made their presentations to an elite team of judges comprising of Greg Young – CEO of Sri Lanka Telecom, Faiq Faaiz - Executive Vice President of Millennium Information Technologies, Padman De Silva, Chief Executive Officer, MS Technologies and Imran Vilcassim - EPG Director of Microsoft Sri Lanka.

The team says that theirs was an idea that started out as a simple Facebook game, which they developed into a winning project with the potential to become a solution that can truly make a change to help the environment.

Thurupathan Vijayakumar, team leader of V360 says that preparations are currently underway to update their solution and make it perfect to be presented at the world finals in Australia, which he and his team will be attending in July this year.

“There are 6 modules to our ‘Back2Earth’ project and we presented only 5 at the National Imagine Cup competition. The sixth module, which is a 3D based advertisements line up to be integrated into the solution is an additional module, which we will be presented at the world finals.”

He says that a significant fact about their solution is its simplicity, which would make it commercially viable. “Commercial viability is a key component of the competition itself and we will work towards perfecting our marketing strategy, before we present our project at the World finals. This will give us a good chance of winning the International Imagine Cup”

“The feedback from the panel of judges at the National competition was very helpful to us. It helped us to look at the solution in angles that we had not even thought of earlier and helped us to improve it further”, says the Team Leader who is working with his team to improve and fine tune the project.

Thurupathan says that Imagine Cup has been a great experience, encouraging out of the box thinking, providing good networking opportunity and helping them to keep abreast of what’s happening in the industry.

The project Back2Earth, which is a social gamming and collaborating platform which boosts and taps the motivation of the people towards environmental conservation has been developed using Microsoft platforms such as Windows phone SDK, Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and Microsoft SQL Server 2008.

Director, Developer Platform Evangelism of Microsoft Sri Lanka, Wellington Perera says “V360 is a team who has shown immense dedication and a drive to win and with the improvements they are making to their solution, I am sure they will make Sri Lanka proud at the International competition. Microsoft has introduced a competitive grants programme and I have a good feeling that V360 will be able to qualify for one that would help them to take their project to market”

Microsoft Sri Lanka, who strongly believes in being an organisation of value to the nation, is one of the largest contributors towards uplifting education in Sri Lanka and was instrumental in introducing the Software for the 21st Century program, which allows university students access to latest Microsoft software free of charge. Through Imagine Cup, Microsoft creates a stage to apply what they learn at lecture rooms to real world problems and develop skills that will power their futures.

Winners of Imagine Cup 2012 Sri Lanka Finals Software Design Category

Winners of Imagine Cup 2012 Sri Lanka Finals Software Design Category - Team V360 - comprising of Thurupathan Vijayakumar, Malin De Silva and Rukshan Lakshitha Dangalle from the University of Moratuwa