By Emeka Aginam
RESOLVED to expose students worldwide on using technology to solve the world’s toughest problems, software giant, Microsoft has begun the search for the best software talents for the 2011 edition of Imagine Cup students software competition.
Although the number of entries from Nigeria are not known yet as at press time, it was leant that Nigerian students are eager to be part of the software competition, a global contest open to students in tertiary institutions, which encourages young people to apply their imagination, passion, and their creativity to technology innovations focused on finding solutions to some of the world’s most challenging social issues outlined in the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals.
With Microsoft Nigeria encouraging students to submit their creative works, the 2011 series with the theme, “Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems” is expected to bring together hundreds of students globally including Nigeria focused on finding solutions to real-world issues.
However, the competition encourages the world’s most talented software designers, programmers, to tackle, head on, issues related to: hunger relief, poverty, education, disease control, healthcare, the environment and other crucial problems facing our world.
Now in its ninth year, the competition begins with the local and regional contests, after which the finalists go on to the World finals which hold in different locations every year. This year’s finals will hold in New York, United States of America, July this year.
The Imagine Cup Students competition , according to keen observers, are expected to contribute to building the knowledge based economy of the future. Nigeria can become a key country for software development and begin to create not only jobs but wealth as well.
It would be recalled that three final year students of “Team Indwell” of the Faculty of Technology, Obafemi Awolowo University including Abiola Olaniran, Adeboye Oshinaga and Akinbiyi Omole had emerged national winners of 2010 Microsoft Imagine Cup software competition. The team represented Nigeria at the Microsoft Imagine Cup finals held last year in Warsaw, Poland.