Competing for Imagine Cup 2012
Bringing together the sharpest minds in technology, Microsoft Pakistan, in partnership with the Higher Education Commission (HEC), hosted the local finals of the Imagine Cup. This is the world’s premier student technology competition, where all eligible students use their imagination and passion to create a technological solution. Marking its tenth year, Microsoft will hold the Worldwide Finals of the Imagine Cup in Sydney, Australia in early July. The local version of this competition was held at the Islamic University, Faisal Mosque Campus in Islamabad, where Team CELOKS was the winner and was chosen to represent Pakistan in the Worldwide Finals. Their project SEED was about donating leftover food to the needy through Windows Phone Application.
Regional finals for the Imagine Cup were held at the HEC regional centers in Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore, with 46 teams getting a chance to showcase their completed projects to a diverse panel of judges from the academic and professional sector. Dr. Sohail Naqvi, Executive Director, HEC, emphasized, “For Microsoft and HEC, this is another opportunity to highlight our commitment to supporting student talent in technology development to create advanced IT skills across the region.”
Microsoft has a long-term commitment to support Pakistan in developing IT education through the provision and promotion of most modern technologies and methodologies.
Speaking on the occasion, Kamal Ahmed, Country Manager, Microsoft Pakistan, said, “Microsoft hosts this competition each year in different countries, the idea being that today’s advancement in technology along with the imagination, passion and creativity that students have, can light up a better future for the generations to come.”
The campaign kicked off in October 2011, where students from the public and private sector universities participated very enthusiastically: a total of 11000+ registrations were received during the first three months.