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Last week 87 student teams from 71 countries converged in St. Petersburg, Russia, to compete in the Microsoft Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals. An exciting and vibrant event, Imagine Cup challenges students to use technology to solve the toughest problems in the world. The year-long contest first has students compete in local events for a spot in the finals. Projects are entered into six competitions: Games, Innovation, World Citizenship, Windows 8, Windows Phone and Windows Azure. Of the dozens of innovative projects, quite a few addressed issues in sustainability, from waste management to beekeeping.
We live in an era when nearly everything is connected via the internet—even your air conditioner at home or weather predictions taken from space. In the era of the ‘Internet of Things,’ the prevalence of information is giving us new insights into opportunities to use energy more efficiently and ultimately have a lighter footprint on the planet. Read on to learn more about how satellites are predicting abnormal weather patterns and how a new company gaining Kickstarter funding is making managing your house’s energy only a smartphone app away.