DIT School of Computing Team through to the Final Round of the Imagine Cup

Dublin, 19th June 2007: RedDawn, a team from the DIT School of Computing, have beaten off competition from over 160 universities and colleges around the world to make it through to the final round of the Microsoft and BT sponsored software development competition, the Imagine Cup. The team, Mohammed Altahs and Marouf Azad, final year DIT Computer Science students, are only one of five teams to have made it to the finals and the only team from Europe to have qualified.

The theme of the Imagine Cup this year was to imagine a world where technology enables access to a high quality education for all. The DIT team entered the Web Development challenge, creating a sophisticated online software development environment for the VB and C# programming languages. Their application features a powerful Web 2.0 interface that allows users to manage projects and documents, compile programs and share code with other users. They have won for their effort an all expenses paid trip to Korea to represent DIT in the 'Imagine' Cup finals in August. The competition has attracted the top technology talent from all five continents who will create the software of the future. More than 100,000 students from over 100 countries are currently competing in Imagine Cup 2007, the highest-ever number of contenders.

The Imagine Cup competition aims to enhance the image of information technology and all the sectors of the digital industry in general. It is also an opportunity to discover new vocations and fuel passions. In August, the DIT team will compete with teams from Singapore, France, Mexico and Beijing for the top prize of $8000. Their project will be assessed in terms of originality, accessibility, usability and innovation.

To track the team's progress see the leader board on http://imaginecup.com.

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