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Team Path Finders Set to Represent India at Imagine Cup


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Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India, Wednesday, April 10, 2013 -- (Business Wire India)

Team Path Finders from MRCE, Faridabad, were crowned Imagine Cup 2013 national winners for their project Swasthya Sanjivani which aims to provide affordable, approachable quick and automised healthcare services to people in remote areas. The team will go on to represent the country at the worldwide finals, to be held in St. Petersburg, Russia in July, of Microsoft's premier student technology competition.

Team Opus and Team Rudder Mechanics won the runners up prize in the Innovation and World Citizenship, respectively. Imagine Cup is the world's most prestigious student technology competition, which brings together innovators from all over the world.

Winner

-- Team Path Finders

Runner up: Innovation

-- Team Opus

Runner up: World Citizenship

-- Team Rudder Mechanics

An extremely enthusiastic Nikhil Dalmia from Path Finders, speaking on behalf of the team including members Pritam Singh, Prashant Gupta, and Hardik Garg said, “This is amazing! We're running out of words to express ourselves at, this is a lifetime opportunity that we've achieved. There is real potential on the road to St. Petersburg for start-up ventures and as well as a great opportunity to create an impact in society!”

The Imagine Cup, now in its 11th year, saw registrations from over 14,000 students across India and over 5,000 competitors under the two categories of World Citizenship and Innovation. The competition aims to expand the focus on innovation and entrepreneurship.

“Each year, Indian students participating in Imagine Cup show remarkable leadership in adopting new technologies and championing social transformation. The quality of the apps on show from all finalists highlights the huge possibilities to be gained by inspiring students to innovate on the newest and broadest technology platforms such as Windows 8, Windows Phone and Windows Azure.” said Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft Corporation (India) Private Ltd.

“Microsoft programs like the Imagine Cup, which help foster a spirit of social and technological entrepreneurialism are crucial to India's economic growth and help students build skills today that will advance their careers.” he added.

Som Mittal, President, Nasscom, the chief guest at the event, said, “Compliments to Microsoft for this very innovative program of Imagine Cup. It surely kindles the spirit of imagination and innovation very early in the life of these young minds. I am sure many of the solutions created would translate into entrepreneurial ventures. Best wishes to the winners at the finals.”

About Microsoft Imagine Cup

The Imagine Cup is a year-long activity open to students across the globe. The competition begins with local, regional and online contests, followed by screening of best projects from each country and with winners from these legs participating in the global finals held at a different location every year. Over the past ten years, more than 1.65 million students from more than 190 countries have participated in the Imagine Cup. The Cup allows students to make ground breaking solutions to problems facing the world today and even turn their ideas into a business.

More information about Imagine Cup can be found at http://www.imaginecup.com.

About Microsoft India

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software - any time, any place and on any device. Microsoft Corporation (India) Private Ltd is a subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation, USA. It has had a presence in India since 1990 and currently has offices in nine cities - Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi and Pune.

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Team Path Finders from MRCE, Faridabad, were crowned Imagine Cup 2013 national winners for their project Swasthya Sanjivani

For press backgrounder on Microsoft Imagine Cup click here

Media contact details

Sabah Hamid, Microsoft, +91 9811799075, sabah@microsoft.com

Sharib Hussain, IPAN Hill+Knowlton Strategies, +91 9711118974, sharib.hussain@hkstrategies.com

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