Sydney was the setting for the finals of Microsoft's 2012 Imagine Cup student technology competition. At the end of the five day competition, team quadSquad, from Ukraine, walked away with the Cup and $25,000 in prize money.
The theme for this year, and the three previous years as well, was "imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems". The competition threw up all manner of entries, from applications to improve the quality of life for the disabled to reconnaissance flying vehicles for emergencies, and at least a couple of cloud-based medical devices.
Users of non-Microsoft technology need not apply, as competition sections were based on use of Microsoft's Kinect, Windows Phone, Windows Azure and Metro styling, and game design for Microsoft's Xbox and Windows Phone platforms.
The Imagine Cup is another one of those helping hands from Microsoft that is ultimately about getting Microsoft's products out there.
Check out the gallery to see the cool project that the competitors came up with.
Some would say that it is a long way from software engineering to journalism, others would correctly argue that it is a mere 10 metres according to the floor plan.During his first five years with CBS Interactive, Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining the company as a programmer.Leaving CBS Interactive in 2010 to follow his deep desire to study the snowdrifts and culinary delights of Canada, Chris based himself in Vancouver and paid for his new snowboarding and poutine cravings as a programmer for a lifestyle gaming startup.Chris returns to CBS in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia determined to meld together his programming and journalistic tendencies once and for all.In his free time, Chris is often seen yelling at different operating systems for their own unique failures, avoiding the dreaded tech support calls from relatives, and conducting extensive studies of internets — he claims he once read an entire one.