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Students across America have been dreaming up ways to solve the world’s toughest problems using the magic of software. They are competing in the Imagine Cup, the world’s premier student technology competition hosted annually by Microsoft Corp. Starting today and running through April 23, the public is invited to learn more about the U.S. finalist teams, view videos about their innovations, and vote for their favorite Software Design idea at the Imagine Cup peoples Choice site.

“We believe that students have the power to change the world,” said Anthony Salcito, vice president of Worldwide Education, Microsoft. “Encouraging students to study science and technology is critical to developing a skilled 21st-century work force. Through the Imagine Cup, we are bringing together the brightest young minds and empowering them to use technology to make a difference in the lives of people in their local communities and around the world.”

More than 14,000 high-school and college students throughout the country registered for the competition, and 20 student teams were chosen to participate in the Imagine Cup 2010 U.S. Finals in Washington, D.C., on April 26. The U.S. finalists will vie for the chance to represent the nation among students from over 100 countries and regions in the worldwide finals this July in Warsaw, Poland.

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While the U.S. finalists for these categories have been selected, there are still opportunities for students in America and around the world to participate in the new Windows Phone 7 Series “Rockstar” Award and Envisioning 2020 Award categories.

U.S. Finalist Teams – 2010 Imagine Cup

Software Design

· CDSS-AI, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

· Coders Inc., Illinois Institute of Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology

· Extraplaid, Utah State University

· LifeCode, Wayne State University

· MangoBunnies, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, DePauw University

· MedRx, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

· Mobilife, University of California, Davis

· Mogollar, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

· Team Blob, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

· Tesla Project, San Jose State University

Game Design

· AwesomeSauce, Tufts University, School of the Museum of Fine Arts

· Coffee Powered Altruism, Yale University

· Cosmopolis, University of Southern California

· Darkwing Duck, Golden West College

· Fortran and C, University of California, Los Angeles

· Ifrit Salsa, University of Houston

· LeveL13, University of Houston

· Red Team, Springbrook High School, Maryland

· Team Name Not Found, Arizona State University, Tempe

· To Be Announced, Central Piedmont Community College

Read the full press release here.

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