Five Nigerian universities selected to compete in Microsoft’s finals for the “Imagine Cup”

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Microsoft Nigeria has launched its global software development contest in the country, known as Imagine Cup.

Imagine Cup was designed by Microsoft to encourage students to apply their imagination, passion, and creativity to develop technology innovations that can make a difference in the world.

According to the company, the five year-old global competition, has more than 100,000 students from 100 countries competing at the global level.

Company sources informed that this year, the global competition had nine categories set up under three main groups, technology solutions, skills challenge and digital arts. While 'Imagine Cup Nigeria' has students competing in three categories, namely software design, embedded development and web development.

Microsoft Nigeria office sources also said that in the software development category the students are required to demonstrate innovation on Microsoft?s products, such as the NET Framework and Microsoft Windows platform, while the Embedded Development competition challenged students to go beyond the desktop, to build a complete hardware and software solution using Windows CE.

The web development category on the other hand, called on students to use the web to create innovative educational sites for their peers using ASP .NET.

Five teams have been selected to compete in the finals from entries sent by students in universities across the country, which include EasyLaw Academy, Remote Lecturing System (RLS), Smart Allocator, IntelligiAC and ThinkGP.

EasyLaw Academy presented a web based e-learning application for law students, Smart Allocator developed a solution to simplify bed allocation in hostels, IntelligiAC created an artificial intelligence system to help student affairs departments in universities calculate student 'Grade Point Aggregates' more efficiently.

The winning entry was a remote lecturing system, which will enable lecturers to broadcast their lectures from any location developed by Team RLS. The software will enable students to participate in the lectures by logging on to a wireless LAN. The second prize went to IntelligiAC while ThinkGP won the prize for the most innovative entry.

The panel of Judges was drawn from Microsoft, Intel, HP and the Computer Professionals of Nigeria.

(Source: Highway Africa News Agency)