July 10-Imagine Cup finalist announcement

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Today was the exciting day for everyone. Finding out who will win the Imagine Cup for 2012. Just after lunch they took all the contestants out to get a group photo at Darling Harbour. Then one of my favourite parts of the week – the showcase. I get to walk around and see all the solutions and have a chat with the teams. It was packed in here this year with lots of media – which is awesome for the teams.

Then we’re all ushered into the big room for the finalists announcements.

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The teams are all pumped ready to hear who the winners are.

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There’s lots of dancing, cheering and waving of flags.

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It opens with some dancing..

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and the room is lit but the screens of all the nokia phones being used to take photos and videos.

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The students show off their phones. Then onto the winners…I’ve condensed down to the Software Design winners as there are quite a lot of other prizes.

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1st – quad Squad – Ukraine – Anton Posternikov, Anton Stepanov, Maxim Osika, Valeriy Yasakov

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2nd – Coccolo – Japan – Megumi Tabata, Mio Okawa, Shunichi Akamatsu, Tun Jie Tan

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3rd – wi-Go – Portugal – Luis de Matos, Michael Adaixo, Pefro Querido, Ana Figueira. Unfortuantly I didn’t get to see these guys in the showcase so had to settle for a picture from the big screen.

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Congratulations to all the winners! I saw some awesome teams and ideas again this year and really hope to be part of next year’s event where the finals will take place in Russia!

 

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