First Place Imagine Cup Design for Development Award goes to COSMIC!

This just in from Cairo…a big congratulations to team COSMIC from Universiti Sains Malaysia!       At tonight’s Imagine Cup closing ceremony staged in front of the Pyramids, Jasy Liew Suet Yan, Loo Wan Koe, Mathew Phiong Yoon Kheong, Ooi Keng Siang were awarded the 1st place Unlimited Potential Design for Development Achievement Award for their project…

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Imagine Cup Design for Development Award - Tonight's the Night!

The Imagine Cup finalists for the Unlimited Potential Design for Development Award competed in Cairo yesterday. Early feedback suggests that the judges were deeply impressed by all of the creative thinking and passion that went in to the projects, designed to help solve one of the eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG). Below you will find…

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Design for Development Finalists Announced!

Only two weeks to go until the Imagine Cup 2009 Worldwide Finals in Cairo, Egypt! Our judges have narrowed the field of entrants for the Microsoft Unlimited Potential Design for Development Award and selected five finalist teams.   I would like to thank each of the teams that submitted an entry for the Design for Development Award…

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How do people engage with PCs for the first time?

Given that most of us have encountered PCs from the time we were in school or college, it may be difficult to think of what it was like to discover the PC for the first time! But most adults in countries like India are new to PCs, and usually view it as a rather intimidating device.  …

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Text-Free Interfaces for the Illiterate

Most computer applications are difficult to understand for those who are unable to read fluently. The heavy use of text in everything from menus to document content means that those who are illiterate are not able to access functions and services implemented on most computer software. According to the UNESCO, there are over one billion…

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Think Beyond Technology!

On my first trip to India, I remember going to visit a rural village near Bhopal, where the Union Carbide chemical disaster happened. The visit was prompted by stories about a large agriculture conglomerate which had placed the first PC in the village in the home of one of the local farmers. I’ll come back…

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Social Entrepreneurs in the Making

It is Imagine Cup season! Known as the “Olympics of Technology,” Microsoft Imagine Cup is the preeminent student technology competition in the world. This year, over 300,000 students from 100 countries are vying for a chance to compete in the Worldwide Finals in Cairo and all trying to solve the world’s toughest problems.   The…

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