Winners off to Australia for world competition:
Moratuwa University rides the victory cloud at Microsoft Imagine Cup
Team V360 from the Moratuwa University, emerged victorious at the
Microsoft Imagine Cup 2012 competition. Held at the Sri Lanka Institute
for Information Technology (SLIIT) Malabe on April 27, Microsoft Imagine
Cup is the premier global student technology competition, where student
innovators around the world use their creativity and the power of
technology, to build ground-breaking solutions that transform the world
we live in.
The V360 team which won for their project ‘Back2Earth’, was selected
from 6 semi finalists who made their presentations to an elite team of
judges comprising of Greg Young - CEO of Sri Lanka Telecom, Faiq Fasiz -
Executive Vice President of Millennium Information Technologies, Padman
De Silva, Chief Executive Officer, MS Technologies and Imran Vilcasim -
EPG Director of Microsoft Sri Lanka.
Thurupathan Vijayakumar, Malin De Silva and Rukshan Lakshitha
Dangalle of the V360 Team won for their technology solution to ‘aid and
support’ the progress of achieving the 7th Millennium Development Goal
through a one-of-a-kind interactive experience to create awareness and
enthusiasm amongst public, by educating and actively engaging them in
contributing to Environmental Sustainability.
Teams CR Coderzfrom Informatics Institute of Technology won 1st
runner up for their project ‘Value Live’ while Team ‘Sharks’ also from
the Moratuwa University came 2nd runner up for their project ‘v Learn'.
Team Invictus from the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka and teams
‘Dot’ and ‘Casper Creations’ from the Informatics Institute of
Technology walked away with the ‘finalist’ awards.
The judges of the national competition said that the projects
submitted were well thought out and executed, and that the final
selection was a difficult task. This year, over 700 students from 15
higher education institutes, from both state as well as the private
sector took part in the national competition. The two teams that were
named runners up and the winning team, received awards from Microsoft
Sri Lanka and the winners will head to Australia to participate in the
international Imagine Cup 2012 held in July this year.
Microsoft Sri Lanka, who strongly believes in being an organisation
of value to the nation, is one of the largest contributors towards
uplifting education in Sri Lanka and was instrumental in introducing the
Software for the 21st Century program, which allows university students
access to latest Microsoft software free of charge. Through Imagine Cup,
Microsoft creates a stage to apply what they learn at lecture rooms to
real world problems and develop skills that will power their futures.
With programs designed to spur creativity and untapped potential of
students engaged in tertiary education, the company's aims to provide
Sri Lankan students the opportunity to develop 21st century skills,
launch their careers, take their first steps as entrepreneurs, and gain
invaluable experience in cross-cultural collaboration while giving our
local talent the chance to shine in the global arena. Imagine Cup which
was first introduced to Sri Lanka in 2005 has been instrumental in
giving vast exposure to higher education students by developing their
technical and presentation skills and providing them the impetus to
innovate projects that can today compete on the international playing
For this year's national competition winners, their victory is even
more significant as they will participate in the International Imagine
Cup 2012 in Australia even as Imagine Cup celebrates its 10th Year
Anniversary of touching students’ lives across the world. The
International Imagine Cup Competition, which selects the overall winner
has introduced a competitive grants programme, which makes all world
finalist teams eligible to apply for a grant. The finalists must meet
several criteria in order for them to be eligible to win the grant. Each
team who is awarded the grant will receive a cash grant estimated
between US $ 75,000 and US $ 100,000 depending on the team's business
plan and project scope.
Apart from the cash grant they will also receive software to support
the implementation of their solution along with mentorship by a
Microsoft representative in the winners country or region. Introductions
to potential funders and partners and support from Microsoft local
partners, access to Microsoft resources including Microsoft Innovation
Centers, premium BizSpark benefits, time and support from Microsoft
employees and product groups are also some of the benefits that would
become available to the winning teams.
The Imagine Cup Grants Program, which is a three-year, US $3 million
competitive program, is to help Imagine Cup participants to take their
ideas and their projects and transform them into a business or nonprofit
that can bring the benefit of their technology to the communities that
need it most.
The winning teams who will be entitled to these grants are required
to establish themselves as either a non-profit organization or
incorporate as a business in order to receive the funds associated with
They will also have the opportunity to work with Microsoft to develop
and implement a plan that best serves their solution.
Microsoft Sri Lanka wishes the V360 team all the best and pledges to
give them all possible support to bring the World Imagine Cup 2012 home.