They have done it again! The Ateneo de Manila University has defended their title as champions in the recently concluded Imagine Cup 2009 Software Design Philippine finals. The competition was held in the Augusto R. Gonzales theater of De La Salle College of Saint Benilde on April 20, 2009.
The winning team, Nohako Studios, developed a system called Caduceus that will consolidate the medical records of Filipinos and, through data mining, generate useful information that will aid researchers and policy makers. Two of the team members have also represented the country in last year’s competition in Paris.
We’ve invited experts in the field of technology, research, entrepreneurship, and governance to be part of our distinguished panel of judges. They are Agnes Aliman (UNIC National Information Officer), Beng Coronel (President, Philippine Software Industry Association), Arup Maity (President/CEO, BlastAsia), and Dr. Jaime Caro (Chairman, UPD Department of Computer Science).
The champions will receive a free trip to Cairo, Egypt to compete in the Imagine Cup World Finals on July 3-9, 2009. They will also receive Php40,000 worth of training from our sponsor MiSNET. The 2nd place and 3rd place teams will receive Php20,000 and Php10,000 gift certificates, respectively. All team finalists will be registered to BizSpark and get software, support, and visibility to help them refine their projects and produce startup companies. Free Microsoft certification exam vouchers will also be given to all finalists!
The other finalists are Team Council of Green (College of Saint Benilde, 2nd place), Team Xception(Letran Manila, 3rd place), Team CIMA (De La Salle University), and Team Magn.IT.Co (Letran Manila).
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Software design is just one of the 9 competition categories of the Imagine Cup. The other competitions are held online and students from different countries go head to head competing for the finalist slots to go to Egypt. Check out the students from the Philippines who have passed the first round of eliminations and are just a step away from the world finals! see results here.
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There are lots of people to thank for making this event successful. Thanks to our beautiful host/emcee Michelle Casio (Public Sector), our event sponsor MiSNET, our host school College of Saint Benilde, our event agency Creative Synergy Inc, our PR team Perceptions, our event support Mellie Valimento (I-PLUS), the Microsoft Student Partners, and the DPE team. Many thanks to all!