Com­pet­ing for Imag­ine Cup 2012

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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.

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