Microsoft launches 2010 competition

Monday March 15 2010

By Faridah Kulabako

Kampala
Microsoft has launched the 2010 students’ technology competition that seeks to help students improve their information technology skills through creativity and innovation.

‘Imagine Cup’, a Microsoft Company global competition requires students to apply technology and artistic talents to tackle the world’s information technology problems.

Speaking at the launch in Kampala last week, Mr Emmanuel Birech, Microsoft East and Central Africa’s Software developer manager, said the competition is an opportunity to challenge students around the globe to imagine a better world empowered by technology through talent and innovation.

Advancing technology
“Its inspiring to see what students can do towards advancing technology. They demonstrate amazing combination of passion and creativity while using IT to solve real world problems,” said Mr Birech.

This is the third time the software manufacturer is conducting such a competition in Uganda.

Makerere participation
Last year’s contest saw four Makerere University students of Computer Science going to Cairo, Egypt for World finals.

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Mr Narcis Rwagonga, a lecturer at Makerere University said young social innovators use technology to make a difference in people’s lives around the world and within their communities.

“Using technology to enhance access to education and disease prevention through innovation will make a big difference in our societies,” Mr Rwagonga said.
Imagine cup, Mr Birech said, allows students to ‘expand their world and chase their dreams’ by showcasing skills and talent to address technological problems facing people today.

“Students’ work will reflect valuable solutions to give a helping hand to the world’s sustainable environmental issues,” he said.
Students will compete in nine categories ranging from software design and development to challenges involving interpreting and designing a solution and programming.

Those who will qualify at the local and regional levels will convene in Warsaw, Poland in July for the final competition.

Prizes to be won include $300, 000 (Shs600 million) and opportunities for internship placements at Microsoft Research laboratories among others.

The ‘Imagine Cup’ was founded in 2003. Worldwide Finals host have spanned the globe from Spain, Brazil, Japan, South Korea and last year in Egypt. The 2010 Finals will take place in Poland.

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