Last Thursday, we conducted the preliminary round of the NZ Software Design Invitational. We had a number of teams present to our panel of judges:

  • Mauricio Freitas - Blogger, Geekzone
  • David White - Lecturer, University of Auckland
  • Alex Broughton - Customer & Partner Experience, Director, MSNZ
  • Nigel Parker, UX Evangelist, MSNZ

It was an intense day with each team putting up their best presentation and demonstrations to impress the judges. The odd demo breakdown hit almost every single team. After 10 hours of judging, the day concluded and the judges were left to make the decision - which teams represent the top 3 of the competition? After much debate as due to the very high calibre of the teams present, the judges came with the top 4 teams of the preliminary finals. The top 4 teams making it into the NZ finals on May 2nd are listed below in no particular order:

  • University of Canterbury - Team Phoenix - TaxiBus
  • University of Waikato - Waikato Rev A - Gary's Footprint
  • Victoria University of Wellington - Team WebStuffDone - Whowantstosavetheworld
  • AUT University - Sustainable Systems - Office of the Future

Check out their idea online at www.microsoft.co.nz/imaginecup and show your support!