Microsoft announces worldwide Imagine Cup winners, awards more than $1 million in cash and prizes

Microsoft announces worldwide Imagine Cup winners, awards more than $1 million
                              in cash and prizes

Student teams are recognized in St. Petersburg, Russia, for innovative apps
and games

PR Newswire

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, July 11, 2013

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, July 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft Corp. today
announced the winners of the 11th annual Microsoft Imagine Cup, the world's
premier competition for student technologists, developers and aspiring
entrepreneurs to create innovative projects and ultimately bring those ideas
to market. Winning projects were announced for the three major Competition
categories — Innovation, Games and World Citizenship — as well as three
product-specific Challenges and eight special awards from Imagine Cup
sponsors.

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The winners were announced at the Imagine Cup Awards Ceremony, held at the
historic Alexandrinsky Theater and attended by more than 800 students, judges,
awards Partners, Russian dignitaries and members of the media from around the
world. The ceremony was the culmination of a four-day competition and
celebration of bringing ideas to life through technology and teamwork.

Eighty-seven student teams from 71 countries competed in the Worldwide Finals
after winning local and online competitions around the world. Microsoft has
awarded cash and other prizes valued at more than $1 million throughout the
yearlong Imagine Cup competition, including awards for the winning teams at
the Worldwide Finals event this week.

"For the past 11 years, Imagine Cup has been a place of inspiration and
innovation for students around the world," said Steve Guggenheimer, corporate
vice president and chief evangelist at Microsoft. "The students participating
in this competition demonstrate the very best in innovation from their home
countries and together are creating new apps, innovations and services that
will change the way the world works, interacts and learns. We are incredibly
proud of the finalists who competed in Imagine Cup this year and stand in awe
of the projects and technology they brought forth during this exciting week."

Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals winners

"Imagine Cup is a forum for exceptional students from around the world to
channel their passion and creativity into thoughtful, innovative solutions
that have the potential for real-world impact," said Jon Bassett, DFJ Frontier
analyst and a judge at this year's Imagine Cup. "Their commitment to their
teams and projects demonstrates these students are finding ways to address
everyday problems through technology and to make the world a better place."

The winners of the 11th annual Imagine Cup Competitions are the following:

Innovation

  oFirst Place, $50,000 prize: Team Colinked, United Kingdom, Project:
    SoundSYNK
  oSecond Place, $10,000 prize: Team DORA, Slovenia, Project: DORA
  oThird Place, $5,000 prize: Team MYRA, Thailand, Project: SkyPACS

Games

  oFirst Place, $50,000 prize: Team Zeppelin Studio, Austria, Project: Schein
  oSecond Place, $10,000 prize: Team Solite Studio, Indonesia, Project: Save
    the Hamsters
  oThird Place, $5,000 prize: Team Banzai Lightning, France, Project: Seed

World Citizenship

  oFirst Place, $50,000 prize: Team for a Better World, Portugal, Project:
    For a Better World
  oSecond Place, $10,000 prize: Team Omni-Hearing Solution, Taiwan, Project:
    Omni-Hearing Solution
  oThird Place, $5,000 prize: Team Confufish Royale, Australia, Project:
    Foodbank Local

Imagine Cup Challenge winners

This year, Imagine Cup offered three exclusively online Challenges to
students, providing additional opportunities for learning, prototyping and
creating apps using the newest Microsoft technologies. The top three teams in
each category were awarded the opportunity to travel to Russia to compete at
the finals. The Challenge winners are the following:

Windows Azure Challenge

  oFirst Place, $10,000 Prize: Team Y-Nots, India, Project: Zoik It!
  oSecond Place, $5,000 Prize: Team nlife, Ukraine, Project: onQuests
  oThird Place, $3,000 Prize: Team LetssGo, China, Project: Get & Put

Windows Phone Challenge

  oFirst Place, $10,000 Prize: Team vSoft Studio, Singapore, Project: Speak
    Reminder
  oSecond Place, $5,000 Prize: Team WeRule, Poland, Project: Modern Drug Test
  oThird Place, $3,000 Prize: Team front, Poland, Project: Cope

Windows 8 Apps Challenge

  oFirst Place, $10,000 Prize: Team TeamNameException, Italy, Project: Ulixes
  oSecond Place, $5,000 Prize: Team Wordsapp, Germany, Project: Wordsapp
  oThird Place, $3,000 Prize: Team Clever Mind, Thailand, Project: Vocable
    World

Additional Imagine Cup award winners

In addition to the Competitions and Challenges, students competed for the
following special awards from Imagine Cup sponsors:

  oAFT Excellence Award. Five teams will receive AFT (App Fast Track) review
    by the Windows Team. In recognition of their outstanding Windows 8 Apps
    projects, the following teams will receive a review process to enhance
    their projects and deliver great Windows 8 apps:

       oTeam Banzai Lightning, France 
       oTeam Flying Ship, Brazil
       oTeam Lumos, Korea
       oTeam MASKed Ninjas, Egypt
       oTeam TapBoarders, Poland

  oAppCampus Award. Team Flying Ship from Brazil won 50,000 euros in funding,
    airfare and accommodations for its app Callvenient. In recognition of
    their great project that could be the next big thing on Windows Phone, the
    team members will fly to Finland for a four-week AppCampus training event.
  oDreamSpark Learning Award. Team AuThink of Croatia won $5,000 for its
    project focused on helping autistic children and their parents, which
    showcases how software creates new ways of learning and teaching.
  oFacebook Creativity Award. Team AYNi from Ecuador and its volunteering
    social-network based project took home $25,000 in Facebook advertising
    credits.
  oKFC Russia Award. Team Sano from Canada won $10,000 for its health and
    wellness project. The team's project will be showcased in KFC Russia's
    flagship restaurant in Moscow.
  oMail.Ru Group Connected Planet Award. Three teams met Mail.Ru Group's
    challenge to develop a project that embraces online communication and
    entertainment in fun, useful and innovative ways. The following are the
    winners:

       oFirst Place, $10,000 Prize: Team Y-Nots, India, Project: Zoik It!
       oSecond Place, $5,000 Prize: Team TeamNameException, Italy, Project:
         Ulixes
       oThird Place, $3,000 Prize: Team LetssGo, China, Project: Get & Put
       oSamsung Digital Native Award. Team Firebird from Sri Lanka received
         this $10,000 award that honors the fresh thinking, digital savvy and
         global perspective of its project.

  oWomen's Empowerment Award. In  partnership with UN Women,  this award
    recognizes two student teams that created projects that best address
    issues impacting women globally. The following are the winners:

       oFirst Place, $12,000 Prize: Team Code 8, Uganda, Project: Matibabu
       oSecond Place, $8,000 Prize: Team Omni-Hearing Solution, Taiwan,
         Project: Omni-Hearing Solution

Boost awards

The following Boost awards also were distributed in recognition of the
outstanding achievements of many winning teams:

  oThe DevExpress Boost. The first-place winning teams in the three
    Competitions and three Challenges  received a DevExpress Universal
    Subscription that includes a comprehensive and feature-complete software
    development toolset for .NET developers. The total value per subscription
    is $8,799.96 per team.
  oWindows Azure Boost. First-place winners in the three Competitions and in
    the Windows 8 Apps and Windows Phone challenges whose projects used Azure
    Cloud Services won an extra $1,000. In addition, projects that included
    Windows Mobile Service won an extra $1,000, while projects that included
    both Azure Cloud Services and Windows Mobile Service qualified for the
    Double Shot bonus of $3,000. 
  oWindows 8 Boost. First-, second- and third-place winners of the three
    Competitions and the Windows Azure and Windows Phone challenges whose
    projects included a Windows 8 Store App received an extra $1,000 through
    this boost.

Imagine Cup comes home to Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond, Wash.

In 2014, Imagine Cup is headed to Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond, Wash.
As part of this year's awards ceremony, Steve Ballmer addressed the audience
via a prerecorded video announcing next year's competition. The video is
available on the Microsoft News Center.

About Microsoft Imagine Cup

Microsoft Imagine Cup is the world's premier technology program and
competition for students to learn, build and compete with innovative tools,
platform and services. This is the 11th year of Imagine Cup, which was
celebrated at the Worldwide Finals in St. Petersburg, Russia, July 8–11.
Students are eligible to register and compete in Imagine Cup by visiting
http://www.imaginecup.com. A full list of competition categories is available
at http://imaginecup.com/main/compete.

In addition to providing a platform for students to demonstrate and share
their next great technologies, Imagine Cup has taken on an increased focus in
preparing these students to be young entrepreneurs in the global marketplace.
All Imagine Cup Worldwide Finalist teams whose projects focus on social good
are eligible to apply for Imagine Cup Grants. All Worldwide Finalists teams
received grant applications at the finals event in St. Petersburg, and the
process will officially close Aug. 16, 2013. In addition, through the
Microsoft BizSpark program, Imagine Cup participants can launch startup
businesses in their communities and across the Web.

Imagine Cup was made possible by support from key partners that are committed
to helping students embrace the full potential of technology. These partners
include the Agency for Strategic Initiatives, Avanade Inc., AppCampus,
Developer Express Inc., Microsoft DreamSpark, Facebook, KFC Corp., Mail.Ru
Group, Samsung, Skolkovo Foundation, UN Women, Windows Azure and Windows.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in
software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their
full potential.

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