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Young Poles Pick Up Technology Gauntlet
May 28, 2008   
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The Microsoft Imagine Cup, the world's largest international technological competition for students, is now celebrating its sixth year and there are $200,000 worth of prizes up for grabs. The theme of this year's Imagine Cup is "Imagine a world where technology enables a sustainable environment." The competition is divided into nine categories.

A total of 100,000 participants from more than 100 countries took part last year, including 1,545 from Poland. The Industrial Design Institute helps organize the competition in Poland.

The Microsoft Image Cup gives students the chance to put their talents to the test and carve out their careers while promoting Microsoft's community and educational initiatives. The best and brightest get to pit themselves against each other to come up with marketable innovative technologies.

This year, there were 2,090 Polish contestants of whom 196 have made it to the second round. The Demoscene Spirit team from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, western Poland, was named this year's national winner in the Software Design category for LifeTracker, a software system for tracking endangered species in real time. They will now go on to represent Poland in the world finals in Paris July 3-8.

"Poles are very talented and have been doing well in the Imagine Cup and other IT competitions for several years now," says Karol Wituszyński from Microsoft's Polish division. "This is an opportunity for people involved in different fields of new technology and not just IT-which is why there are so many students from other disciplines taking part."

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