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2011 Microsoft Imagine Cup Festival - New Zealand

Now in our fifth year with the most successful competition thus far, the 2011 Microsoft Imagine Cup saw nearly 300 entries and over 1500 students engaged in a competition that has truly taken flight in New Zealand.

Each team gathered on the 12th of April ready to deliver a presentation that would stun and excite the judges. Each team presented twice to a mix panel of 20 judges from industry, media, academia and Microsoft. Concluding the grueling presentations, each team had the opportunity to showcase their project to the public, to our customers, partners, supporters, family and friends.

Everyone was then invited to join us at the Finals Ceremony, where the top 4 teams were announced and presented again in front of a live audience and an elite group of judges whom then decided the ranking of the top 4 teams.

Team OneBuzz from the University of Auckland emerged as the victors following a series of 15-minute presentations before the six-judge panel. Focusing on tackling malaria with sophisticated technology that would identify areas of high risk and provide real time information to those concerned to act! Revolutionising The Fight Against Malaria !

A huge thank you to everyone who has helped make this a fantastic event! All the teams and mentors for making this an extremely outstanding event! The Microsoft Imagine Cup Crew of Student helpers on the day, 32 in total. Our key sponsors on the day, the ISOM Department and the Business School, University of Auckland. A big thank you to Red Bull for keeping the students on the go throughout the day!

Highlights from the Microsoft Imagine Cup NZ Festival below or check out our Facebook Page

Some Facts:

- 300 Software Design Submissions

- 1500+ Students competitors

- 800+ Attendees at the Festival

- 25 External judges

- 80 Student competitors, 60, Industry, Microsoft and Academic Mentors

- 32 Student Helpers volunteering on the day

- 150 Spot prizes including t-shirts and Movie Tickets

- Ben Hurley (NZ Comedian Hosting the event), DJ General Lee ( Hosting the after party)

- 200 Lunch Boxes, 500 Hot Dogs, 200 Pizzas and a whole lot of Red Bull (1000+)

- $20,000 In prize money won on the night.

- 8000+ Fans through the People’s Choice Award Campaign

- 550 Registered attendees for the Festival

- Top 4 Teams – 1st Place – Team OneBuzz, 2nd Place – Team MCG, 3rd Place – Team SkyEye, 4th Place – Team Kai

   

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More than 800+ attendees packed the Auckland University Business School throughout the event

Each student was provided with a pair of ‘bang-bang’ sticks to show their support for their team

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Celebrity MC Ben Hurley from TV3’s 7 Days

Our very own New Zealand Microsoft Imagine Cup

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Panel of expert judges from industry, academia and local government

Microsoft Crew – The team of student helpers behind the event!

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Around 800+ attendees rocked up to the event which kicked off with teams showcasing their idea.

Teams went all out decorating their booths including leaflets, giveaways and a full blown mascot!

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Team OneBuzz Celebrate their win and take hold of the NZ Microsoft Imagine Cup.

20 Teams, Mentors, MS Crew – Class of 2011 – Microsoft Imagine Cup New Zealand

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Everyone at the after party with DJ General Lee with HOT DOGS and Pizza provided getting ready for what to expect in New York

The Awesome New Zealand Imagine Cup Crew – Daryl Ooh, Melanie Barr, David Steele and Ryan Tarak

Check out some of the media releases on the top teams:

Outlet

Date

Title

TVNZ

13-Apr-11

Students buzzing over imagine cup win

National Business Review

13-Apr-11

Auckland uni students take out Microsoft Imagine Cup again

Breakfast

13-Apr-11

Imagine Cup winners

Computerworld

13-Apr-11

Anti-malaria app takes out Microsoft Imagine Cup

Business To Business

13-Apr-11

Auckland Uni Students Strike Gold again

Scoop

13-Apr-11

Auckland Uni Students Strike Gold again

Infonews

13-Apr-11

Auckland Uni students strike gold again at the 2011 Microsoft Imagine Cup

Waikato Times

13-Apr-11

Waikato pair make final

NZCS

15-Apr-11

http://www.nzcs.org.nz/newsletter/article/110

UOA

15-Apr-11

http://web.ece.auckland.ac.nz/uoa/home/news/template/news_item.jsp?cid=376741

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