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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Microsoft commends Nigerian students on software dev.

The global leader in software development, Microsoft, has commended Nigerian students for having the same enthusiasm on software evolution like their counterparts in other parts of the world.

Manager, Developer and Platform at Microsoft for West East Central Africa and Indian Ocean Islands, Attilla Szenvedi gave this commendation at the final session of the maiden Imagine Cup competition being organised by the company in Lagos.

The event held at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Centre, Akoka-Lagos, he said, has shown that Nigerians students are as intelligent and creative like their counterpart elsewhere in the world.

“I am in awe of all of you participants here today. From what I have seen here today, Nigerian students have the same level of enthusiasm, intelligence and creativity as students anywhere else in the world. You have exhibited great potential and all the applications you developed are of world-class standard,” he said.

Business Champion recalls that Imagine Cup was designed by Microsoft to encourage students to apply their imagination, passion, and creativity to develop technology innovations that can make a difference in the world.

The five year-old global contest has more than 100,000 students from 100 countries competing at the global level, which is on-going in Soul, Korea, just as it had nine categories set up under three main groups, Technology Solutions, Skills Challenge and Digital Arts.

In Nigeria, the Imagine Cup Nigeria had students competing in three categories, cutting across Software Design, Embedded Development and Web Development.

Five teams have been selected to compete in the finals from entries sent by students in universities across the country, which include EasyLaw Academy, Remote Lecturing System (RLS), Smart Allocator, IntelligiAC and ThinkGP.

While EasyLaw Academy presented a web based e-learning application for law students, Smart Allocator developed a solution to simplify bed allocation in hostels, IntelligiAC created an artificial intelligence system to help student affairs departments in universities calculate student ‘Grade Point Aggregates’ more efficiently.

The winning entry was a remote lecturing system, which will enable lecturers to broadcast their lectures from any location developed by Team RLS. The software will enable students to participate in the lectures by logging on to a wireless LAN. The second prize went to IntelligiAC while ThinkGP won the prize for most innovative entry.

Whereas the panel of Judges has been drawn from Microsoft, Intel, HP and the Computer Professionals of Nigeria.

Also speaking at the event, Education Manager, Intel Corporation Nigeria, Olubunmi Ekundare congratulated the students, noting that they invested their own resources to develop the software, which have presented.

“In other countries, the competitors get a lot of support for projects like these. I am doubly proud of all of you, and am delighted to be a part of this initiative,” he said.

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