Indian students shine at Microsoft contest

Posted By: Mamatha
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Bangalore, Jul 22: Two Indian teams; Team Kola and Team Target Locked secured the second and the third position in the eighth Microsoft Imagine Cup world finals held in the Polish capital Warsaw.

Team Kola was represented by Koushik Vaidhinathan, Lalitha Ashok and Kiran Kumar S, students of Prathyusha Institute of Technology and Management, Chennai.

Team Target Locked was represented by Monisha Saggi, Ramya Balasubramaniam and Anwesha Bhattacharjee, students of Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology and University School of Management Studies, GGSIPU, Delhi.

This year"s theme was “Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems" and the students were required to create technology solutions that combat diseases, improve education, ensure environmental sustainability, and reduce child mortality.

"Young people have the ability to make a positive impact on the world more than ever before. Their creativity and innovation speaks volumes about the untapped potential to make a difference in peoples" lives," Microsoft India Academia director, Pratima Amonkar said.

Later she added that this time, competition saw some promising entries from India and then two of them making it to the top three in a category comes as a form of an acknowledgment for the rich talent pool that exists in India.

About 400 students from 70 countries participated in the competition after they were shortlisted from 325,000 entrants worldwide through regional and national level selection process.

Microsoft Imagine Cup, now in its eighth year, saw more than 85,000 students participate from colleges across India in the national finals. Out of them four team represented India in the global finals at Warsaw, Poland.

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