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Twenty-two teams traveled across the country to Microsoft’s Redmond campus to compete in the final round of competition in Microsoft’s U.S. Imagine Cup this past weekend. Each team showcased their software and game designs to solve the world’s toughest issues, such as combating disease, improving education, ensuring environmental sustainability and reducing child mortality. Having more than 113,000 students register for the Imagine Cup’s tenth year of competition, the stakes were incredibly high.
So how did your hometown team fare in the competition? Teamname , from Georgia State University, created a Crayons system using Azure cloud in which they move GIS from a desktop based system to a cloud computing system that will allow GIS Scientists to speed up the decision making process and make real-time policy decisions especially in critical situations like emergency response. While teamname didn’t place in the competition, you can still vote for them in the Game Design and Software Design categories via Facebook or via text message in this year’s People Choice Awards.
The team with the highest number of votes will receive a 4GB Xbox 360 with Kinect for each registered member of the winning team. The team that receives the largest amount of votes overall will receive a trip to Sydney, Australia for the Imagine Cup 2012 Worldwide Finals, July 6-10, 2012. Voting is open March 30 to May 19.
You can read about all of the U.S. finalists on the Microsoft Tech Student page on Facebook.