Students from all over the world are competing to change the world, with computer games. The Microsoft Imagine Cup finals will be held later this summer in Australia where students tackle the theme "Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems."
Imagine Cup is a student technology competition with three types of competition, software design, Game design for Xbox or Windows computers and Game design for phones. Every year, student competitors present creative technology solutions that address real-world challenges, and many of those solutions are in use today.
The finals will be held in July in Sydney.
The final projects are of different types, one team chose to make a video game about green energy and energy use. Roberts Quest is about a squirrel who embarks on a mission to clean up his city by gaining renewable energy sources. The team Radiant from Iceland made the game.
The teams in the finals are from all over the world, for example from China, Brazil, Ukraine, Belgium, Iceland, Korea, France, Côte d'Ivoire, Dominican Republic, USA, Canada and Indonesia.
A team from Microsoft's 2011 Imagine Cup developed a process using a Windows Phone application to diagnose malaria.
"It´s our world's future innovators and technology leaders, our planet looks to you to lead the way in solving some of our greatest challenges. Lead with your mind and also with your heart, as both are required to make a difference," says Jon Perera, Microsoft, General Manager, Academic Programs.