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December 24, 2011

Help the world with the Imagine Cup

The Imagine cup is the world’s premier student technology competition. Microsoft are calling all students to put their heads together to create a technology solution for some of the world’s toughest problems.

Held for the 10th year running, the Imagine Cup is a competition that will hone young person’s technology skills while they compete against the brightest students in the world. The aim is to create an app or a game that will educate or work towards solving problems people face across the globe today.

To get a clearer idea of what has already been achieved in the Imagine Cup, take a look at the success stories of 2011. It’s great to see such diversity and brightness from today’s youth. Teams from Italy, Mexico, Lebanon, Turkey and Korea to name a few, all competing with the best interests of everybody on this earth in the centre of their hearts and minds. It’s moving stuff, so let’s take a look at some of these amazing students and their developments!

Ibero Mexico – Mexico
Team Members: Brenda Moller, Andrea Cesar, Fernando Rivero, and Benjamin Morales

Our Software Design project: Brain will allow children, who had their elementary education interrupted due to natural tropical disasters (such as floods, heavy rains or hurricanes), an opportunity to continue developing their cognitive skills. Brain’s system is based on the educative potential of digital interactivity, user-centered design, internet, cloud computing, and Microsoft technologies. Brain develops and delivers age-appropriate games, activity ideas and tasks, helpful for children in shelters.

LAU-IT Club – Lebanon
Team Members: Reham Darwish, Ahmad Hasbini, Nicolas Zaatar, and Bahia Halawi

We developed our entry – Organ Donation Website where registered users can search or upload information about their organ donation possibilities. The hope was that hospitals all around the world can use this website to save people’s lives easily and efficiently. Our team is composed of members in the Lebanese American University IT Club. We all have a great belief in this project and we are willing to contribute our skills in saving people’s life. Learn more


Where do I start?

If you’re starting to feel your passion for technology rise and your lust for good deeds increasing, then you might be wondering ‘where do I start?’ too. Well, the Ideas Project would be a wonderful place to kick-start your inspiration and brainstorms. The site’s bank of ideas has pages and pages of suggestions and ideas – that you can join in with – and help develop. Or you could submit your own idea that others can help you with!

I actually caught up with Pia from the IdeasProject team earlier in the week,┬áto ask a few questions about what the IdeasProject is about and how it can benefit students entering the Imagine Cup. I’ll be covering that off in a post tomorrow, so until then; get your thinking caps on and creative juices flowing!

Feel free to let us know of any problems you’d like solved or ideas for solving them in the comments section or @Nokia_Connects.