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Imagine a world where technology solves the globe's toughest problems, was the challenge Microsoft set for students around New Zealand this year.
The challenge was to solve a global issue such as poverty or illiteracy through technology. The reward is the winning team gets to travel to Poland next year to take part in the international Microsoft Imagine Cup.
Today, Microsoft announced the names of the 20 teams that reached the finals. From over 100 entries, 20 finalists from universities all over New Zealand, will now transform their ideas into working prototypes.
For the next three months, the teams will work to compete against each other in the national competition and for their chance to represent New Zealand in Poland.
Microsoft New Zealand Imagine Cup programs manager Paul Lo said the competition was a “fantastic opportunity to find the stars of tomorrow and to encourage student participation in our industry”.
Winning ideas included a method for delivering data via FM radio to support the One Laptop Per Child initiative, a portable, solar-powered desalination plant, a weather index reporting and insurance scheme for farmers in impoverished countries.
Four national finalists will be chosen during the next round of judging which begins February 22.
The teams include;
1) Team Dominator – University of Canterbury
2) Team Elektro – AUT University
3) Team enpeda – University of Auckland
4) Team eUtopia – University of Waikato
5) Team eXtreme – AUT University
6) Team Fleur de Del Systems – Victoria University of Wellington
7) Team Group 21/Team Power Savers – University of Auckland
8) Team Lucky 7 – University of Auckland
9) Team Philanthropist – Massey University
10) Team Proactive – University of Auckland