Students from Central and Eastern Europe compete in Maribor, Slovenia, in the 2006 Imagine Cup regional finals.
After three days of intense competition between 13 student teams from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), Microsoft Corp today announced that first place in the Imagine Cup 2006 CEE regional finals was taken by the team from Slovenia. The winning team, together with the teams awarded second and third place, will represent the region in the Imagine Cup 2006 worldwide finals, to be held in Delhi, India, in August.
Each year, Microsoft’s Imagine Cup invites students from across the globe to compete to deliver and showcase technology solutions that solve a particular challenge. The theme this year was “Imagine a world where technology helps us lead healthier lives”. The University of Maribor hosted 13 student teams and their mentors from across the CEE region. The team from Slovenia emerged as the winners of the regional finals, with second and third places taken by teams from Croatia and Poland. These three teams will travel to the worldwide finals in Delhi, India, for a chance to win funding to turn their competition entries into products that have the potential to be brought to market and applied to real global challenges.
“We were impressed by the quality of the solutions and the innovation exhibited by the contestants this year,” said Wilfried Grommen, general manager, Business Strategy, Microsoft EMEA. “The Imagine Cup 2006 CEE regional final is evidence of the region’s capability for creating innovative solutions through the power of software, which could, potentially, be applied to real global challenges to change people’s lives for the better. Last year, teams from this region did extremely well in the global finals in Yokohama, Japan, and we are looking forward to a strong performance from the CEE region in India in August.
“In addition, the Imagine Cup is offering students a platform beyond the boundaries of their university to show and share their creativity. This expands their horizon and could even improve their future career opportunities.“ Continue at source