Microsoft Announces Imagine Cup 2008 Winners!


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7/8/2008
Microsoft Announces Imagine Cup 2008 Winners!
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PARIS – July 8, 2008 – Microsoft Corp. today announced the winners of Imagine Cup 2008 at the Musée du Louvre, after a week of intense competition among finalists chosen from a pool of more than 200,000 students from over 100 countries and regions. Celebrating first place, Australia’s Team SOAK won the worldwide Software Design invitational, Singapore’s Team Trail Blazers won the Embedded Development invitational, and Brazil’s Mother Gaia Studio won the Game Development challenge. Imagine Cup, the world’s premier competition for technology students, gives students the chance to unlock their creative genius and build solutions that tackle real-world issues facing society today.

“Imagine Cup provides a forum for students around the world to explore new ways to use the power of software to help address some of the world’s toughest challenges,” said S. Somasegar, senior vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft. “The high caliber of the students and their projects is evidence of the high level of innovation seen in the student community today, with a clear potential for real-world impact.”

The software design, embedded development and game development finalist teams created applications, devices and games using the Microsoft platform and Microsoft tools based on the Imagine Cup competition theme “Imagine a world where technology enables a sustainable environment.”

A total of 370 students from 124 teams representing 61 countries and regions competed in the worldwide Imagine Cup finals in nine categories: Software Design, Embedded Development, Game Development, “Project Hoshimi” (Programming Battle), IT Challenge, Algorithm, Photography, Short Film and Interface Design. The student teams were asked to undertake a series of challenges relating to digital media or technology depending on the invitational.

The winners were announced in a gala awards ceremony this afternoon during the Imagine Cup World Festival, a celebration drawing Imagine Cup competitors, mentors and other key attendees. It featured keynote addresses from several dignitaries from around the world. The following are the top three finalists by invitational in finishing order:

Software Design

First place: Australia – Team SOAK
Team Members: David Burela, Dimaz Pramudya, Ed Hooper, Long Zheng
Second place: Slovakia – Team Housekeepers
Team Members: Marián Hönsch, Michal Kompan, Jakub Šimko, Dušan Zeleník
Third place: Hungary – Team DigitalMania
Team Members: Ákos Kapui, Laszló Zöld, Bálint Orosz, Gergely Orosz
Embedded Development

First place: Singapore – Team Trail Blazers
Team Members: Pinto James Dominic, Shi Ben Yong, Hu Shuhan, Denver Lim
Second place: TIE

Ireland – Team AcidRain
Team Members: Brian Byrne, Aodhan Coffey, Karl O’Dwyer

China – Team Wings
Team Members: Shibiao Xu, Junjie Li, Zhongjie Wang, Lei Yan
Third place: Poland – Team Aero@PUT
Team Members: Piotr Kryger, Mikołaj Małaczyński, Jakub Pawłowski, Piotr Slęzak
Game Development

First place: Brazil – Team Mother Gaia Studio
Team Members: Guilherme Campos, Helena Van Kampen, Rafael F. Costa, Túlio Sória
Second place: Belgium – Team Drunk Puppy Productions
Team Members: Kenny Deriemaeker, Filip Van Bouwel, Timothy Vanherberghen, Jeroen van Raevels
Third place: Korea – Team GOMZ
Team Members: Kim Dong Hoon, Kim Ki Hwan, Park Min Kyu
“Project Hoshimi” (Programming Battle)

First place: Russia – Team Red Devils
Team Members: Ilya Grebnov, Sergei Grebnov
Second place: China – Team Zephyr
Team Members: Peng Guo, Jiaze Huang
Third place: Ukraine – Team Dream Team
Team Members: Pavlo Liapota, Margaryta Skrypachova
IT Challenge

First place: France – Jean-Benoit Paux
Second place: Romania – Cosmin-Viorel Ilie
Third place: China – Yan Liu
Algorithm

First place: Ukraine – Roman Koshlyak
Second place: Hungary – Szilveszter Szebeni
Third place: Japan – Naohiro Takahashi
Photography

First place: United States – Team Provisio
Team Members: Jennifer Hui, Melissa Hui
Second place: Austria – Team Austria
Team Members: Rosa Maria Binder, Benedikt Wurth
Third place: Croatia – Team Voodoo Delirum
Team Members: Duje Nebojša Pandžić, Martin Štokić
Short Film

First place: Korea – Team NEIP
Team Members: Il Jin Joung, Seong Ran An, Yeun Jun Choo, Sung Wook Lee
Second place: Mexico – Team Lava Lamp
Team Members: Grace Montoya, Aldo Murillo
Third place: Canada – Robotree
Team Members: Drake Birmann, Ryan Morrison, Media Ridha, Dan Tran
Interface Design

First place: United States – Team IU EcoVis
Team Member: David Roedl, William Odom
Second place: Canada – TeamGreeNet
Team Members: Jin Fan, Kevin Muise
Third place: France – Team Edelweiss
Team Members: Johanna Rowe, Steven Muhr
In addition to the category awards, five Achievement Awards were presented.

The Rural Innovation Achievement Award, sponsored by Microsoft’s Unlimited Potential Group, is designed to recognize the software solution that contributes toward a more sustainable environment and best helps promote the social and economic growth of underserved populations in developing countries and regions and best helps them better meet their basic needs. It was won by Indonesia’s Antarmuka: Arief Widhiyasa, Dimas Yusuf Danurwenda, Ella Madanella Dwi Mustika and Erga Ghaniya.
The Accessible Technology Achievement Award, designed to recognize the interface design solution that makes it easier for anyone to see, hear and use a computer, and to customize their computing environment according to their own preferences, needs and abilities, was won by Jeffrey Bigham, a Ph.D. candidate in computer science from the University of Washington, United States, for Project WebAnywhere. An additional onsite challenge was won by France’s Team JivAd: Jivane Rajabaly and Adrien Ossorguine.
The Interoperability Achievement Award, designed to recognize the software solution that best leverages Microsoft technologies to connect people, data or diverse systems to help address real-world customer needs, was won by India’s Team SKAN: Sameet Singh Khajuria, Karun AB, Amith George, Noel Sequeira.
The Windows Live Achievement Award, designed to recognize the software solution that makes the best use of the Windows Live platform and adds new social dimensions to both new and old Web sites and Web projects, was won by Spain’s Windows Drive: CarlosJunquera Cachero, David Rodriguez, Héctor Juan and Miguel Llopis.
The Engineering Excellence Achievement Award, sponsored by Microsoft’s Enterprise Engineering Center, is designed to recognize three outstanding teams from the Software Development category that have created solutions that demonstrate the potential to be developed to scale with focused guidance from a Microsoft engineer, was won by the following:
Bulgaria – Team Atlas
Team Members: Boryana Miloshevska, Dobromira Ivanova, Martin Damyanov, Yordan Pavlov
USA – Team Sparx
Team Members: Adam Risi, Zachery Shivers, Ziyan Zhou
Russia – Team Ignition
Team Members: Anatoly Nikitin, Roman Belov, Daria Elkina
Furthermore, six finalist teams will have the opportunity to explore how their software solutions could potentially turn into business realities. The teams will receive intense business and technology training as part of the Imagine Cup Innovation Accelerator program, co-sponsored by Microsoft and British Telecommunications plc (BT).

“The creativity demonstrated by the competitors this year has shown that tomorrow’s technology leaders are ready to apply their solutions to real-world issues,” said Joe Black, director of Business Development for Emerging Technologies, BT. “The Imagine Cup Innovation Accelerator is an exceptional opportunity for young developers to explore the entrepreneurial possibilities of their software solutions. We are excited to offer our encouragement, guidance, and support to these talented students through comprehensive training sessions to help students bring their ideas to fruition.”

The six teams chosen to participate in the Imagine Cup Innovation Accelerator program are the following:

Australia – Team SOAK (Smart Operational Agricultural toolKit)
Team members: David Burela, Dimaz Pramudya, Ed Hooper, Long Zheng
France – Team Well K’Home
Team Members: Regis Hanol, Gauthier Chanliau, Sebastien Warin, Jean-Noel Gauthier
Germany – Team PoinT-Power in Time
Team Members: Daniel Franke, Jörn Schindler, Vasilios Filippidis, Axel Ernst
Hungary – Team Digital Mania
Team Members: Ákos Kapui, Laszló Zöld, Bálint Orosz, Gergely Orosz
Slovakia – Team Housekeepers
Team Members: Marián Hönsch, Michal Kompan, Jakub Šimko, Dušan Zeleník
South Africa – Team Smile
Team Members: Devin de Vries, Christopher King, Nabeel Nazeer, Nadeem Isaacs
Imagine Cup 2009 will be held in Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt. The theme will be “Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems facing us today.” Students will be asked to create software solutions that are aligned to one of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The eight MDGs range from halving extreme poverty and halting the spread of HIV/AIDS to providing universal primary education. More information about the MDGs can be found at http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/.

Registrations for Imagine Cup 2009 open today, July 8, 2008. More information about Imagine Cup can be found at http://www.imaginecup.com/.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

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