Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Microsoft Imagine Cup 2011- Sri lanka Finals

Microsoft Imagine Cup is one of the world’s most popular competitions for the students in background of Information Technology. This year’s project theme was “Use technology to Solve World’s Toughest Problems”. Microsoft gave Millennium Development Goals declared by the United Nations and the theme continued for around three to four years. Since the development goals are to be achieved in year 2015, I am afraid the theme will be there until 2014.

We also took part in this competition and got selected to semi-finals, but unfortunately we could not made it into finals. It was something innovative and a Maternal and Child Health Management System. Since I am a Microsoft Student Ambassador, I took part of the final event organizing as well. We decorated the hall, which was the Civil Auditorium of University of Moratuwa and presented in the event as spectators. The projects were fantastic and the crowd was really interested about them. I was afraid by that time a person will stand up and ask to sponsor for one of the projects.
The team representing IIT did an excellent presentation and it was fantastic the way how the speaker defended in the Q and A session. As usual The Faculty of Information Technology, University of Moratuwa came up with and excellent presentation and the crowd was so much impressed there. The first time I saw such a great marketing strategy in a presentation.
Finally, the team representing University of Peradeniya won the Imagine Cup 2011, Sri lankan Software design competition but I cannot give any comments on that since I was sleeping all the time during their presentation. IIt became 2nd and FIT,UOM became third.

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