Next week's (April 29) Sri Lanka finals of the Software Design category of Microsoft's Imagine Cup 2011 global competition will feature six teams; Vishva and Sentinals 2.0 from the University of Moratuwa, Titan from the University of Colombo, MISL from Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology, Perasoft from the University of Peradeniya and CR Coderz from the Informatics Institute of Technology.
The winning teams will represent Sri Lanka in the category's grand finale slated for the week of July 8, 2011, in New York.
An international competition which encourages students to use software, both new and traditional, to foster elements of the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals, Microsoft's Imagine Cup will be held for the ninth year in 2011.
The year, for the Sri Lanka leg of this competition, which currently only encompasses the the Software Design category, it was indicated by Microsoft's local office that a "record" 52 teams had entered, a significant increase from the previous "record" of 28 teams in 2009.
Meanwhile, other contest categories, including "Game Design, Embedded Development, Digital Media, Windows Phone 7, Windows Touch, Interoperability, Orchard and IT Challenge," require content to be uploaded online, directly by competitors, where it will b judged by a global panel of judges.
According to Microsoft's Sri Lanka final announcement; "A place in the global finals assures participants of global recognition, rewards and unique opportunities to network with potential global employers and peers, to add value to their CVs." (JH)