CAIRO, Egypt The final judging of a student competition designed to help meet the United Nation's Millenium Goals started here Saturday (July 4). The seventh Imagine Cup organized by Microsoft aims to build technology solutions that address tough societal challenges.
More than 300,000 students from around the world registered for the competition, according to Microsoft, but that number has been whittled down to 444 finalists from 124 countries. The total prize money is more than $288,000, spread across multiple categories, but the winners are likely to also receive a kick-start to their careers in technology, with a useful positive mark on their CVs.
Over the past year, students have participated in local, regional and online competitions which are based on nine categories: Software Design, Embedded Development, Game Development, IT Challenge, Robotics and Algorithms, MashUp, Photography, Short Film and Design.
There are also several achievement awards this year, including the Interoperability Award, Unlimited Potential Design for Development Award, Accessibility Award, Unlimited Potential MultiPoint Education Award, Parallel Computing Award, Tablet Accessibility Award and the H.E. Mrs. Suzanne Mubarak Special Award sponsored by the first lady of Egypt through the Cyber Peace Initiative (CPI).
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