What is the universal language, if any?


Humanity, kindness, love, etc. comes to mind as a potential answer for this question.  This is what I would have answered until yesterday.  Today, I am here in the beautiful city of Yokohoma, Japan to participate in the Imagine Cup 2005 finals.  Seeing the students from all over the world - representing over 44 different countries - in the Imagine Cup Finals made me realize that the answer to the above mentioned question is – “Technology is the universal language”. 


It almost feels like a mini-UN gathering here, seeing the students from different parts of the world, different nationalities, different cultures, different languages, different styles all coming together because of one reason – their passion for technology, their enthusiasm to channel their creativity and innovation into real-world applications using technology.