Pakistani students shortlisted for international software competition
ISLAMABAD: A group of students from FAST National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Islamabad have been shortlisted from Pakistan to participate in the final round of Imagine Cup, USA.
The cup is the world’s largest premier students’ technology competition, which brings together young technologists worldwide to help resolve some of the world’s toughest challenges. The Pakistan finals were organized at Microsoft Head office in Pakistan.
Around 2000 students registered in Imagine Cup from Pakistan and around 50 teams competed in the Software Design Category. Out of these 50 teams, top 4 teams were shortlisted by a panel of judges from both technical and business domains. Team V3C from FAST university secured the first position.
“Imagine Cup is a unique platform to tap the imaginative talent of young minds by giving them an opportunity to think out of the box and solve the toughest problems faced by the society today. I am particularly excited about the projects these students have developed to enhance the computing experience of people. I am sure these talented students will make us proud,” said Kamal Ahmed, Country General Manager, Microsoft Pakistan.
Talking about the competition Tahir Masood of KalSoft expressed, “It is inspiring to meet so many students who are on the forefront of new discoveries, whether they go on to develop a breakthrough and solve real world issue, start a new company or become better prepared to enter the workforce, students who participate in the Imagine Cup are leading us into a brighter future”.
“I am grateful to Microsoft for providing us the opportunity to showcase our potential. We all are very excited about the worldwide finals and consider this as a great responsibility that we will be representing Pakistan and will surely do our best to raise our Country’s flag in the global finals” said Hussain Sajjad, Team leader V3C.
The winning team V3C will be fully sponsored by Microsoft to represent Pakistan in the finals which will be held in the month of July 2011. Before competing in the worldwide finals the teams will also receive some expert guidance and mentorship from the local industry experts to improve their presentation skills and product design.