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  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup and the Rural Innovation Award — Michael Rawding

    Those of you that follow Microsoft might be familiar with Imagine Cup – an annual student technology competition that Microsoft sponsors. This year Unlimited Potential has worked with Imagine Cup to add a new category -- the Rural Innovation Award . At its core, Imagine Cup is about capturing...
  • Blog Post: Technology’s Impact to Those in Need—Edward Granger-Happ, CIO, Save the Children; Chairman, NetHope

    I’m pleased to be participating in the judging panel of this year’s Rural Innovation Award at Imagine Cup 2008—evaluating the brilliant work of the young students who have created new technology solutions targeted to the needs of the world’s least fortunate citizens. Technology is a key capacity...
  • Blog Post: Designing for the Other 90%- Paul Polak

    Hello- I’m Paul Polak, one of the judges of this year’s inaugural Rural Innovation Award at the 2008 Imagine Cup. I’m thrilled to be attending this year in Paris to examine the technology innovations that this amazing crop of young minds has created to help address the most pressing solutions of rural...
  • Blog Post: Steve Ballmer witnesses how young Indonesian innovators are working to prevent the spread of Malaria

    By Bonnie Mamanua, Unlimited Potential Group Business Manager, Microsoft Indonesia Last week we welcomed our CEO, Steve Ballmer, to Indonesia. Steve was here to hold meetings with Microsoft staff as well as political and business leaders, but while he had five minutes spare he was also able to...
  • Blog Post: The Human Impact on Innovation-Kentaro Toyama, Assistant Managing Director, Microsoft Research India

    I do research in an area called ICT4D, short for “information and communication technology for development” – the goal of which is to invent technologies that support socio-economic development of poor communities worldwide ( http://research.microsoft.com/research/tem ). But, the more I understand ICT4D...
  • Blog Post: The Rural Innovation Award Finals--Kentaro Toyama, Assistant Managing Director, Microsoft Research India

    This morning, we heard presentations by the five teams in the finals for the Rural Innovation Award at the Imagine Cup 2008 . All five teams did an amazing job, and the enthusiasm and the quality of the work really made me appreciate what the Imagine Cup is all about. In alphabetical order by country...
  • Blog Post: Addressing food shortages in India-- Novices@Work

    The following guest post comes from Novices@Work, a team of finalists for the Imagine Cup Rural Innovation Award from India. They developed a site-specific crop-management system for farmers called Kalpvriksha . The system employs Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) to collect localized data on soil characteristics...
  • Blog Post: Improving Rural Mass Transit Information in South Africa – Team Smile

    The following guest post comes from Team Smile, a team of finalists for the Imagine Cup Rural Innovation Award from South Africa. Team Smile developed WhereIsMyShuttle?, which uses GPS/GPRS tracking devices fitted to buses to provide daily schedules of bus activities via SMS. The system also provides...
  • Blog Post: Connecting citizens with government in Indonesia – Team Antarmuka

    The following guest post comes from Antarmuka, a team of finalists for the Imagine Cup Rural Innovation Award from Indonesia. Antarmuka developed a reporting system, Butterfly, which allows users to immediately report environmental problems that they discover via voice, SMS, MMS or alternatively, mobile...
  • Blog Post: Social Entrepreneurs in the Making

    It is Imagine Cup season! Known as the “Olympics of Technology,” Microsoft Imagine Cup is the preeminent student technology competition in the world. This year, over 300,000 students from 100 countries are vying for a chance to compete in the Worldwide Finals in Cairo and all trying to solve the world...