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Microsoft Reveals Imagine Cup 2011 Winners, Unveils $3 Million Grant Program

NEW YORK July 13, 2011 Microsoft Imagine Cup $3 million

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"The innovators, entrepreneurs and humanitarians who compete in the Imagine Cup have developed an inspiring spectrum of projects, raising the bar higher and higher each year," said S. Somasegar, senior vice president, Developer Division, Microsoft. "We are in awe of the students’ solutions for addressing social and real-world challenges, and want to help them take their projects to the next level with the financial, technical and business support they need to change the world."

Imagine Cup teams will be eligible to apply for grants that include a combination of cash, software, training, consulting and other support. Microsoft will announce details about the grant program and application process later this summer.

New York New York Eva Longoria New York City Michael Bloomberg

Ireland $25,000

Ireland James McNamara

Taiwan $25,000

France Poland Brazil $25,000

Student projects are frequently inspired by United Nations Millennium Development Goals, and participants seek to solve the world’s toughest problems through technology. As such, this year teams focused heavily on environmental concerns, with 24 percent of worldwide finalist projects and 60 percent of all Game Design projects shedding light on environmental issues. Taking a cue from recent world events, natural disaster relief was another common theme: 23 percent of projects addressed varying aspects of disaster relief. Inspired by improvements in mobile technology and accessibility features such as speech recognition, more teams than ever (22 percent) developed projects that would enhance the lives of people with disabilities.

From a technology perspective, Windows Phone 7 was the most commonly used technology, with 48 percent of teams incorporating this mobile technology into their world-changing projects, from finding the nearest recycling center to helping those in a disaster broadcast their locations. Windows Azure was also popular, with 32 percent of projects relying on the cloud-based platform to aggregate crowd-sourced data and to integrate satellite data, among other uses.

The following is a list of the top three winners in each of the five competition categories:

Software Design.

  • Ireland
  • United States
  • Jordan

Embedded Development.

  • Taiwan
  • China
  • Romania

Game Design.

Mobile

  • France
  • France
  • United States

Web

  • Poland
  • Philippines
  • Slovakia

Windows/Xbox

  • Brazil
  • Thailand
  • Czech Republic

Digital Media.

  • Romania
  • Oman
  • Taiwan

Windows Phone 7.

  • First Place: HOMERUN (Korea)
  • Second Place: Zipi Zigi (Korea)
  • United States

$215,000

Interoperability Challenge.

  • Greece
  • Brazil
  • Poland

IT Challenge.

  • Jean-Sebastien Duchene France
  • Blazej Matuszyk Poland
  • Yunheng Mong Singapore

Orchard Challenge.

  • Denmark
  • Brazil
  • Third Place: Zveen Zveen Team (Serbia)

Windows 7 Touch Challenge.

  • India Rose France
  • Indonesia
  • Japan

Bangladesh $10,000

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SOURCE Microsoft Corp.

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