On 12 April, Microsoft held the Imagine Cup 2013 Indonesia Finals at Epicentrum Walk, Kuningan in Jakarta. A team of Universitas Trunojoyo Madura students emerged as overall champion in a field of 1,077 students from 299 teams, the largest pool of competitors in the Asia Pacific region.

 Team Solite Studio, a team of students from the Universitas Trunojoyo Madura, will represent Indonesia in the Imagine Cup 2013 Worldwide Finals

Team Solite Studio excelled in the Games Competition category with their ‘Save the Hamster’ project. Built on the Windows® Phone platform, ‘Save the Hamster’ is a game app that serves as a learning tool for young people to exercise their mental arithmetic skills in a fun and engaging manner.

Following their national success, the four Universitas Trunojoyo Madura students will be representing Indonesia in the Imagine Cup 2013 Worldwide Finals in July in Russia. Team Solite Studio’s triumph also marks the first time a team from a university other than Institut Teknologi Bandung or Institut Teknologi Telkom has won the competition in Indonesia.

Besides Solite Studio, awards were also handed out to the winning teams in the Innovation and World Citizenship categories as well as to the team that showed the greatest entrepreneurial potential in the competition. Each of this year’s award winners received Rp25 million (USD2,575) worth of seed funding from the State Ministry of Cooperatives and SMEs of Indonesia to further develop their ideas. The seed funding demonstrates the commitment of the State Ministry of Cooperatives and SMEs to support Microsoft’s efforts to empower youth entrepreneurs through the YouthSpark initiative.

Andreas Diantoro, President Director at Microsoft Indonesia, said, “The annual Imagine Cup competition aims to foster social entrepreneurship and technology among students around the world, providing them the opportunity to turn their creative ideas into reality. Through such activities, we hope to continue encouraging young people to leverage the power of technology to make a positive contribution in Indonesia.”

Since its beginning in 2003, the Imagine Cup has brought together more than 1.65 million young innovators from 190 countries to help solve some of the world’s toughest challenges through the development of technologies.

For more information, please visit www.imaginecup.com  

“Through such activities, Microsoft hopes to continue encouraging young people to leverage the power of technologies to make a positive contribution in Indonesia.”

- Andreas Diantoro, President Director, Microsoft Indonesia