Feeds

France lifts MS Imagine Cup

The Microsoft Games

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Business security measures using SSL

A team of students from France has won the 2004 Microsoft Imagine Cup, and $25,000 in cash after a weekend of intense competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Aymeric Gaurat Apelli, Guillaume Belmas, Francois Beaussier, and Vincent Vergonjeanne from EPITA University developed the winning application: SmartCenter.NET, a home automation platform built on .NET. SmartCentre.Net allows its user to automate functions such as managing energy consumption, watching home security cameras from a Pocket PC or remotely controlling house functions.

Beaussier said it felt "wonderful to win the Imagine Cup, especially as last year we came so close. We came together again this year as the same team to create an automation project, and soon hope to set up our own company and work with French software companies to make automation better."

The Imagine Cup is an annual programming contest open to students around the world. Students must develop a smart software system/application that could improve the quality of everyday life, based on the .Net platform. The application has to contain a mobile device, a smart component, and create and use at least one Web service.

Nearly 150 competitors gathered from 40 countries to fight it out for the top prize. Each team had already won regional and national championships to secure their places in the final, having entered the competition 12 months ago, along with 10,000 other students.

The team from Russia took second place and $15,000 with its Inspirational Classroom Environment, a system that introduces role-based games into, err, the classroom environment. In third place, Team Greece took home $10,000 for its SmartEyes application, designed to guide blind and partially sighted users. Team UK claimed a "Top 12" finish.

Japan will host next year's finals. ®

Related stories

British geeks fly the flag at cup final
UK students' MS codeathon triumph
UK students fancy a trip to Brazil?

New hybrid storage solutions

More from The Register

next story
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux
Multiple desktops and live tiles in restored Start button star in new vids
iOS 8 release: WebGL now runs everywhere. Hurrah for 3D graphics!
HTML 5's pretty neat ... when your browser supports it
Mathematica hits the Web
Wolfram embraces the cloud, promies private cloud cut of its number-cruncher
Google extends app refund window to two hours
You now have 120 minutes to finish that game instead of 15
Intel: Hey, enterprises, drop everything and DO HADOOP
Big Data analytics projected to run on more servers than any other app
Mozilla shutters Labs, tells nobody it's been dead for five months
Staffer's blog reveals all as projects languish on GitHub
SUSE Linux owner Attachmate gobbled by Micro Focus for $2.3bn
Merger will lead to mainframe and COBOL powerhouse
iOS 8 Healthkit gets a bug SO Apple KILLS it. That's real healthcare!
Not fit for purpose on day of launch, says Cupertino
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.