Students Compete in Microsoft Contest

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Software giant, Microsoft has announced its annual Imagine Cup Solve This Competition to students attending NYIT’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences.

Imagine Cup Solve This Competition is an annual contest designed for students to extend their creative and innovative capabilities while helping today’s society.  “I think it’s a great idea to help students to learn about the programming level in this field and to help people,” commented NYIT junior Rony Abraham.

Roughly two dozen students gathered in a lecture hall on NYIT’S Old Westbury campus Feb. 1 to learn more about the competition.  Microsoft’s Academic Developer Evangelist (yes, that’s a title) Andrew Parsons spoke to students about “the world’s biggest technology contest to students,” he said.  “We start locally.  We start on the grounds of a university or college,” Parsons noted.

Imagine Cup Solve This Competition seeks innovative entries that address this year’s theme:  to imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problem.  In groups of four students, Parson’s asked students to utilize technology in coping with issues including:  child health, combat against AIDS/HIV, environmental issues, maternal health, gender equality, poverty and hunger, and global partnership.  NYIT senior Divyesh Patel commented, “It’s a combined effort to help students in the school itself.”  According to Parsons, twenty NYIT students signed up for the competition.

This competition is open to students worldwide and finalists will compete in the Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals in New York City, July 8.  This is the first year the finals is held in the United States, and especially in New York City Parsons said.  “I think this is a brilliant idea and has a potential to create good in the world,” NYIT sophomore Kevin Wakatama stated.

According to Parsons, roughly 300, 000 students participated in the competition last year.  “It’s a massive number, but you’ve got this chance,” said Parsons.  “Learning about the Imagine Cup has opened many doors to my education,” NYIT junior John Koziatek said, “and it does exactly what the title says, it allows for your imagination to become real life.”

 

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