Winners of 2003 Imagine Cup Programming Competition

Real-World Applications Earn Students a Place in World Championships This Month at Microsoft Tech·Ed Europe

Today Microsoft Corp. announced the U.S. winners of the Imagine Cup competition, which seeks to provide students around the world with resources to use technology and Web services to solve everyday problems. The U.S. winners advance to the world championships, which will be held June 30--July 1 at Microsoft® Tech·Ed Europe 2003 in Barcelona, Spain. The 2003 winners from the United States are Tu Nguyen from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Robert A. Wlodarczyk from Stony Brook University in New York.

After reviewing an overwhelming number of submissions and narrowing the list to 12 finalist student projects in Seattle last month, a joint team of judges from Microsoft and the University of Washington selected the Nguyen and Wlodarczyk projects as winners based on the criteria of 30 percent innovation and creativity, 20 percent implementation of Microsoft .NET technologies and Web services, 20 percent social responsibility and commercial value, and 20 percent overall presentation.

"Imagine Cup is about empowering students to apply their creativity and knowledge toward making the world a more-connected place," said Dave Mitchell, group product manager of U.S. Academic Developer Marketing at Microsoft. "Both student teams embody the pioneering spirit that is so important to the computer science, engineering and business discipline and the high-tech industry overall."

News source: Microsoft PressPass

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