Congratulation to Team SOAK from Australia! The 2008 Microsoft Imagine Cup Software Design Worldwide Finals Champions! You brought home the (green and) gold!
I am extremely proud of your final achievement! You have achieved a first for Australia! Well done, David Burela (University of Tasmania), Dimaz Pramudya (Swinburne University), Ed Hooper (Melbourne University), Long Zheng (Monash University)!
PS: Thanks for sending me the sms on your victory!
Team SOAK comprise of David Burela (Microsoft Student Partner, University of Tasmania), Long Zheng (Monash University, blogger extraordinaire of istartedsomething.com), Ed “h00ps” Hooper (Star Microsoft Student Partner, University of Melbourne – I recruited this man into the program!) and Dimaz Pramudya (Swinburne University) are the 2008 Australia Imagine Cup winners! The 03 area code (VIC and TAS) won the day!
Australia is the driest continent on earth and the persistent drought has been hitting the farmers and our wallets hard. Team SOAK put their minds together to develop SOAK and address a real environment challenge for Australia.
SOAK is an integrated software and hardware platform with the aspiration of helping farmers achieve sustainable use of their land. This is achieved through the integrated use of environmental sensing, rich visual front ends to display the information to the farmer, and a subsystem which controls farm equipment such as sprinkler systems
Check out Project SOAK: winning Australian Imagine Cup finals (istartedsomething.com) for more details.
Imagine a world where technology enables a sustainable environment and SOAK is spot on! Well done, boys!
PS: It is a pity, there hasn’t been any pictures nor blog updates mentioned about Thur’s Australian Finals from the AU Imagine Cup web site or local Imagine Cup blog since 12 May.
1235 Update: Long Zheng’s article was updated and mentioned the other members of Team SOAK namely, Ed Hooper and Dimaz Pramudya. Guys, time to pick up that old Year 12 French text book.
Nick and his team of MSPs has done an awesome job of organising Mix in the Campus party across Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. There will be presenters from Australian Interactive Media Industry Association, VirtualRealm, Readify, QUT and of course Microsoft. The event will cover topics includng “How-to : start your own dotcom startup?“, “Why you should Popfly?”, “XBOX and Windows Games Development with XNA Games Studio” and “Step Up – the Web Careers“.
You can also stand to win
- Xbox 360 (1 per city, meaning 3 total)
- Project Gotham Racing Hooded Sweats
- Windows Vista Ultimates
- Microsoft LifeCam vx-3000s
For more information and to register , visit http://mixoncampus.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!D8659DF1D2B43F7E!138.entry
It’s for students and it’s free!
Going thru Google AU blog, I came across an outline of their Australia university programs. It’s heartening to see Google joining the ranks of companies like Apple and Microsoft to contribute to the local IT economy. Everyone in the IT industry can do our part to raise the importance and profile of ICT and talent development in Australia.
At the same time, it is great to know in this new coming FY, Microsoft DPE is going to put in even more attention to the student community compared to previous years. There are going to be more student based programs in the pipeline.
I must make sure that Nick is totally informed of what’s happening in his backyard. Hope he is reading lots of technology based blogs.
Summer might be almost over, but the Australia Student Partners are blazing their universities with an exciting line of events in their campuses. Imagine Cup, Windows Vista and Office Ultimate, it’s the season of technology, free food, software, prizes and giveaway!
The information will be updated as more information comes thru the line, so bookmark this page for the latest info.
Melbourne Uni MSP – Ed Hooper in conjunction with Melb Uni CSSE Student Assoc is organising the launch of Imagine Cup and Vista-Office in campus.
There are going to be attractive prizes including Microsoft games, software and peripherals to be given out during the event. Find out how you can take part in Australia Imagine Cup and win a trip to Korea. You would also find out how to obtain cheap and legal Office 2007 Ultimate and also Windows Vista Business too! It’s too good to miss this great event.
My replacement search is over How quickly a year has almost come to an end and I’m approaching the end of my internship. It seems only a few days ago when I just started in my role. Yesterday, I handed the academic mantle to our incoming intern - Nick Ellery.
Here’s an intro from the man himself,
My name is Nick Ellery, and I am the new Audience Marketing Intern, taking over responsibility from Bernard Oh. I’ve come to Microsoft from Australian National University where I studied a Masters of Marketing. Prior to that, I completed a Bachelor degree in Informatics at University of Sydney. I’ve worked for a number of multinationals part-time whilst studying, but Microsoft is my first global company and I’m very happy to be here.
Come and say hi if you have any issues, questions, or want to talk about 1960’s muscle cars!
Looking forward to meeting everyone and learning heaps!
If you are studying in Queensland University of Technology, you must turn up for the QUT Imagine Cup-Vista-Office campus launch organised by our QUT Microsoft Student Partner – Griffith on 16 Mar 2007. There are heaps of exciting giveaways including t-shirts, softwares, high end mouses too.
There will demostrations of the Vista gadgets and media centre, how to exploit the features of Office 2007 to get those darn assignments out of the way in double quick time and how you could possibility become the next software tycoon through the 2007 Australia Imagine Cup competition.
The t-shirts are a lot nicer but this was the cheapest model we could afford at press time. Prof Paul Roe (Deputy Head, School of Software Engineering & Data Communications, QUT) would be a lot better choice, as he got one t-shirt too
For more information and registration details, please visit Vista/Office 2007 – ImagineCup S410, S block, Gardens Point, QUT (Griffith’s blog)