Imagine Cup SA 2010 Local finals kick off today - 6th of December 2010! Students from around the country will be showcasing their projects and solutions that they have been working on for the past few months.

The competition has been pleasantly competitive over the years. I have no doubt that this year will be even better. Judges will have a difficult time deciding who will be going to represent South Africa in New York Next next July at the worldwide finals!

Our students will be competing in 3 categories: Software Design (20 Teams), Game Design & Development (4 teams) and Development (14 Teams).

Tomorrow (the 7th of December), all the students’ mentors and lecturers arrive for the evening's awards and gala dinner. We will also be hosting a Cloud Computing Workshop for faculty members, delivered by MVP Rudi Grobler. Rudi is an employee of BB&D – this year’s platinum sponsor of the Imagine Cup SA local finals.

I’m delighted that CSIR/Meraka is also supporting our local student competition this year, and I’m really looking forward to the next two days’ proceedings! The last three years of my involvement have been a fantastic experience.

It’s always exciting to look at the solutions the students develop. I believe, through the Imagine Cup, our students can really contribute to South Africa’s local software economy – by empowering themselves with the vision and competition to see their ideas become business and software realities in the future.

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The low-down on Imagine Cup:

The Imagine Cup is the world’s premier student technology competition, giving students the opportunity to help solve global challenges through their own creativity, passion and knowledge of technology. While competing for cash and prizes, students gain real life experiences, make new friends, and turn their ideas into reality on a global platform.

Through the Imagine Cup, Microsoft encourages the brightest young minds to join together and, using technology, take on the toughest problems facing our world today.

For more information on the Imagine Cup visit www.imaginecup.co.za or www.imaginecup.com for details on the worldwide competition