Last Friday saw the 2nd Imagine Cup Software Design Invitational Finals held in Auckland. This year, the 4 finalist teams competed to take out the title of software design winner to represent NZ at the up coming World Wide finals in France. With teams coming from Christchurch, Wellington, Hamilton and Auckland, it is an intense competition as contestants demonstrated their ideas and concepts to our panel of celebrity judges. The panel of judges was made up of:

  • Rob O'Neill - Editor of Computerworld
  • Mark Thomas - Founder, President of Right Hemisphere
  • Peter Macaulay - President, Internet NZ
  • Andy Hamilton - CEO, Icehouse

The 4 finalist teams demonstrated their ideas to a crowd of academic and industry guests before the annoucement of the ultimate winner. Team Phoenix with their idea of Taxibus from the University of Canterbury took out the title of Software Design Winner for NZ. Louis, Janina, Yugan and Stephen with their academic mentor Warwick will be travelling in style with Singapore Airlines to Paris in July this year. Final rankings as follows:

  1. Team Phoenix, Taxi Bus, University of Canterbury
  2. Team Sustainable Systems, Office of the Future, AUT University
  3. Team Waikato Rev A, Gary's Footprint, University of Waikato
  4. Team Web Stuff Done, Who Wants to Save the World, Victoria University of Wellington