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Poles Score Success in IT Contest
July 29, 2009   
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79.5 percent of all goods and services exported from Poland this year have gone to markets in the EU, where after the first five months of 2009 Poland had a positive trade balance of 5.1 billion euros, according to the Central Statistical Office (GUS).

Three Polish teams stepped onto the podium of this year's Imagine Cup technology competition for university students organized by global computer giant Microsoft.

This year's worldwide Imagine Cup finals were held at the beginning of July in Cairo, Egypt.

The "kAMUflage" team from Poznań emerged the winner in its category and walked away with a special award from Egyptian First Lady Suzanne Mubarak. Two other Polish competitors came second in two other categories: "Monastery of Innovations" took home second prize in the MashUp category, and "FteamS" in the Interoperability category. A team named "Demoscene Spirit" also scored a spectacular success when it became the first ever Polish team to make it into the finals in the Software Design category.

One of the guests of the award ceremony was Waldemar Pawlak, the Polish deputy prime minister and economy minister.

This year's finalists had been selected from among over 300,000 university students from more than 100 countries. The worldwide finals in Cairo drew 444 students in 149 teams from 124 countries. Six teams were from Poland.

kAMUflage, the winners of the special award, had built TraMuBraTion (Translate Music to Braille Notation), a system that facilitates the acquisition of the Braille system from hearing. The second-place winner in the MashUp category was Karol Kaczmarek from the Poznań University of Technology, who competed as Monastery of Innovations. He won accolades for his HospFinder, a search engine for hospitals and medical services.

The FteamS team from the ŁódĽ University of Technology came in second in the special category of Interoperability for a project called Eduko. It enables distribution of teaching materials to cell phones via MMS messages.

Demoscene Spirit was the first Polish team to make it to the finals of the prestigious Software Design category.

The finals of the 2010 Imagine Cup competition will be held in Poland.
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