There are moments in life that truly change everything. Whether it’s good or bad, your life can really turn just from one instant. February 15th, four students came together to form what could be a real game changer in the Windows Store space. It all started at an Imagine Cup regional event. Teams from around the country came together, all hoping to create award winning apps in the space of 48 hours. With a trip to St Petersburg, Russia, and $50,000 at stake, competition was stiff, and teams weren’t taking things lightly. It was at this event that SoundSYNK were born.
To give you some context, the Imagine Cup is a Microsoft Global app competition, bringing together some of the world’s brightest student technologists, who all compete to try and win cash prizes, trophies and the title… Think Eurovision but for apps! This year there were over 750,000 entries worldwide, with each country choosing one team that will represent them on the worldwide stage, and those finalist teams then battle it out to win the top prize. The UK have never won the Imagine cup thus far in its 10 years of existence, and have rarely made it past the first round. But this year it was all about to change…
SoundSYNK are a team of students from Exeter University, who started the competition not knowing each other, but all had the dream of learning how to create and deploy an app into store and with the more important aspiration of winning big money! But who knew that just by randomly sitting together at the start of a day, would equal the creation of a dream team! Read about how the team began here.
Since winning both the UK rounds of the Imagine cup competition, and being named ‘UK Imagine Cup Winners’, the boys spent day and night preparing for the Worldwide finals in Russia, and last week (8th July-12th July) they competed against all the other top teams around the world. To read their day-by-day diary of their gruelling but life-changing week, read on…
6 am is an early start for any student, and there was no change here! Our flight was leaving early that morning from Heathrow and although we showed a groggy and somewhat calm exterior, our nerves were high for the upcoming competition. We didn’t really know what to expect, so the best thing to do was to keep an open mind, just have a great time and most of all meet some amazing people!
After what we’d assume was a gentle flight- although nothing can be confirmed as we were all fast asleep!- we got off the plane to a seemingly dingy building and a massive queue.. Was this Russia!?
Around 2 hours later, we finally made it through customs, grabbed our bags and were greeted by some cheerful Imagine Cup representatives. We were soon sorted out and before we knew it we were making some amazing friends on the bus and driving through St. Petersburg, which we can only describe as one of the most beautiful cities we have ever seen!
When we got to the hotel it was quite late around 9pm so we headed to the restaurant and had a nice dinner then decided to get an early night… We had a big week ahead of us!
We’ll post about Day 2 tomorrow!