Team from George Brown College representing Canada in the software
design category at the worldwide finals in Australia
TORONTO, May 10, 2012 /CNW/ - Showcasing some of the country's brightest
young minds, Microsoft Canada is proud to announce the winners of the
2012 Imagine Cup Canada, a design competition that encourages students
to change the world through the innovative use of the latest technology
Team Greeni, from George Brown College, won the software design category
and will represent Canada at the worldwide finals in Sydney, Australia.
Team Project Beacon, from Carleton University, won the Windows 7 phone
game design category.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Imagine Cup, one of the world's premier student
technology competitions. This year, Microsoft Canada selected six
finalists from high schools and post-secondary schools across the
country in two categories - software design and Windows Phone 7 game
design - to compete in the national championship at the University of
Waterloo on April 30.
These students, fuelled by Microsoft-based technology, were inspired to
develop innovative ways to address some of the world's biggest problems
such as healthcare in developing countries and rural areas, climate
change, world hunger, and medical research.
Winning the software design category, George Brown students Timur
Sharaftinov, Alecsander Granger, Vasily Gurin, and Dmitry Zhivotovsky
created a solution to help save energy. Called Greeni, their solution
uses Microsoft Kinect, light and carbon dioxide sensors and programming
logic in the cloud on Windows Azure to monitor workspaces and determine
when lighting and ventilation systems should be active. A pilot project
in their school lab produced energy savings.
"Great ideas don't accomplish much if they remain on paper," says team
mentor Leo Salemi, a faculty member from the Centre for Construction
and Engineering Technologies at George Brown College. "I'm very proud
of Team Greeni and we are thrilled to be given the opportunity to
showcase how we used technology to turn our ideas into reality at
Imagine Cup 2012 in Australia."
Winning the Windows Phone 7 game design category are students Gar Lam,
Clark McGillis, Curtis Field, and Eva Demers-Brett, along with mentor
Jean-Sylvain Sormany, from Carleton University, who developed a game
demonstrating the impact of human activity on the planet. Players in
the game help an astronaut, who has returned from space to find earth
polluted, solve puzzles to clean up the earth before his oxygen runs
"I am extremely impressed and inspired by our winners, our six finalists
and all our student competitors at this year's Imagine Cup. They
clearly demonstrated the amazing things that can happen when we mix
education, intuition, creativity and drive to transform technology into
global solutions," said Gladstone Grant, Vice President, Developer &
Platform Group, Microsoft Canada Inc. "These students have shown they
have what it takes to make a real difference, and Microsoft is proud to
be able to give them the platform to display their skills on the world
The Imagine Cup 2012 Worldwide Finals takes place from July 6 to 10 in
Sydney Australia, where the winners from each local software design
competition and the top 10 international finalists in the Windows 7
Game Design category will compete for global titles.
About Imagine Cup
The Microsoft Imagine Cup is one of the world's premier student
technology competition. Eligible students from around the world are
invited to use their imagination and passion to create a technology
solution that addresses the Imagine Cup 2012 theme: Imagine a world
where technology helps solve the toughest problem. In ten years, the
Imagine Cup has grown to be a truly global competition focused on
finding solutions to real-world problems. Since 2003, more than 1.4
million students have participated in the Imagine Cup with 358,000
students representing 183 countries and regions registering for the
Imagine Cup 2011 competition. This year, the Imagine Cup 2012 Worldwide
Finals take place in Sydney, Australia from July 6-10. For more
information on Imagine Cup, please visit http://www.imaginecup.com/.
About Microsoft Canada
Established in 1985, Microsoft Canada Inc. is the Canadian subsidiary of
Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq "MSFT") the worldwide leader in software,
services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their
full potential. Microsoft Canada provides nationwide sales, marketing,
consulting and local support services in both French and English.
Headquartered in Mississauga, Microsoft Canada has nine regional
offices across the country dedicated to empowering people through great
software - any time, any place and on any device. For more information
on Microsoft Canada, please visit www.microsoft.ca.
SOURCE Microsoft Canada Co.
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