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8 countries fly African flags at Imagine Cup 2011

By Emeka Aginam, in New  York
Eight African countries including Nigeria, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, South Africa, Tunisia and Uganda are currently  flying African flags at the ongoing Microsoft Imagine Cup, the wouldc’s premier students technology competition holding in New York, the Unted States of America.

With their  creative works   in the category of software design, there appears to be anxiety among  these students who will be doing their presentaion this evening in the first round .

Out of  67 students in the  software  design category whose works will be accessed by the panel of judges these evening in the first round,  18 teams will be  selected for the second round.

The Chief Judge of the 2011 Microsoft Imagine Cup, Rob Miles of  department of Computer Science at the Un iversity of Hull, United Kingdom   had earlier   this morning during the briefing  in relation to competitor guideline told the students that the rule of the game must be obeyed

“These are the official rules that govern how Imagine Cup 2011 will operate its competitions and In these official Rules. “Organizer,” “we,” “our,” and “us” means Microsoft Corporation, the organizer of this Competition. “Sponsor” means each company and organization referenced in the “Sponsor” section of the Competition website that supports and contributes to the organization of this Competition and) “You,” and “yourself” means an eligible Competition entrant”

‘It is important that you manage your time well so as to present your works within the time allotted to you. We will not compromise. You are all winners. Show your passion. Feel free while doing your presentation” he said.

Problem definition, solution design and innovation, technical architecture and user experience, business viability and presentation, he said are some of the criteria the judges will use in the students works.

Software design, embedded development, game design, digital media and windows 7 are  the categories of  creative works the students from over 73  finalists countries are currently showcasing commercial nerve center of New York, the United States of America.

Meanwhile, the Imagine Cup 2011 opening ceremony on Friday was packed with celebrities and successful American business leaders, including Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, foursquare Co-founder Dennis Crowley, Jeffrey D. Sachs, Special advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

For one thing, Steve Ballmer had welcomed the Imagine Cup finalists to event congratulated them on their achievements and encouraged the students to find their passion.

“Folks from 183 countries started out in the Imagine Cup competition, 183 countries. It’s a reminder to us that there is no border or boundary for the kinds of work and innovation ideas, and hard work can drive in terms of a global impact on society, at least not in this business not in information technology, 1.4 million students registered. That speaks to us about how many people around the planet are charged up and excited about all that we do” he said.

The room was filled with excitement, expectations and throughout the ceremony as the  crowd broke into cheers when Ballmer announced that every Imagine Cup worldwide finalist would receive an Xbox Kinect


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