By Randy Guthrie – Microsoft Academic Developer Evangelist (USA)
http://blogs.msdn.com/MIS_Laboratory

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After a brutal day of presentations and eliminations, the Team PARV from Oklahoma State University and our one-man game-dev team juggernaut “E” McNeill from Dartmouth survived two elimination rounds to advance to the final rounds of their respective competitions.  Team PARV designed and built a medical diagnostic kiosk for use in remote villages, and “E” has designed a game that is amazingly fun and teaches clean energy awareness. Our SDI team “Multi-touch Web” did an amazing job in the first round, but in the field of over 65 world-class competitors there were some truly amazing projects that will make anyone go “WOW!”.   We have a total of ten teams competing this year, some of whom are still competing. Here are some details of some of these amazing competitions that are still in progress:

Photo: Rachel Asplund and Tara Fullmer from Brigham Young University have a taxi, body guard, and local site expert and they are driving around Cairo putting together a photo-essay that contrasts the collision of the ancient with technology

Design:  Feixing Tuang and Yujia Zhao from Indiana University are designing resources to help an autistic child maintain a stable environment while on an International vacation with his parents

IT: Michael Burr from the University of Colorado -Boulder has been working 24 hours straight in a lab building a cloud-based IT infrastructure

Mashup: Kathy and Marc designed a popfly cube that measures the sentiment (degree of positive/negative) of online content relating to individual people, topics or issues

Tablet Accessibility: Casey Williams and Ryan Gentner from SUNY-Buffalo built a tablet application that provides PowerPoint-like presentation capabilities simple enough for young children or mentally-disabled persons to use

Suzanne Mubarak: the Special Child SDI team from UArk was selected to participate with their SDI project in this contest is sponsored by the first lady of Egypt

We are so proud of all our students and it’s been so fun to get to know them better.

Cheers!

Randy