Microsoft launches Bahrain ‘Imagine’ round
Manama, February 1, 2012
Microsoft has launched the Bahrain round of its premier student technology competition, Imagine Cup 2012, which will give students an opportunity to “Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems”.
The competition, now in its tenth year, is being supported by the strategic partner Bahrain eGovernment Authority, and is open to students between the ages of 16 to 26 years.
It aims to empower students to use their creative and technical abilities to make a positive impact on society, a statement from the company said.
The first winning team in the software design category in will participate in the Imagine Cup worldwide finals which will be held in Sydney in July.
Tareq Hijazi, country manager for Microsoft in Bahrain and Oman, said: “Microsoft believes that technology is a powerful force that can make a difference to our world and by having students compete for a good cause, not only will they be motivated to be the next generation of technology and business innovators but it will also empower them and inspire many generations to come.”
Mohammed Ali Al Qaed, CEO of the eGovernment Authority, said: “We believe that this is a great initiative that will inspire young Bahraini talents and future ICT industry leaders to showcase their technology innovations and present their ideas to the best in the ICT industry”.
“It is always important to stay in touch with what’s happening in ICT, especially when it comes to innovation and creativity,” he said.
“Participating students will be able to transform the theoretical part of what they’ve learned to a practical one, especially when they start their career path in different fields,” Al Qaed added.
A number of students from Bahrain have participated at previous editions of the Microsoft Imagine Cup, the statement said.
In 2009, a three-member team from the University of Bahrain (UOB) won the first place in the regional finals and represented Bahrain at the global Imagine Cup finals with their “Cash Trash” project.
Additional supporters to the Imagine Cup Bahrain are Asus and Wamda, the statement said.
Students can participate in the competition by registering at the website, latest by March 20, it said. – TradeArabia News Service