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Imagine Cup 2013
Source: http://main.omanobserver.om/node/143552
Source Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: Oman (Sultanate of)
Created: Jan 29, 2013

MUSCAT — Under the auspices of Information Technology Authority (ITA) and in collaboration with OmanTel, Microsoft announced the launch of its Imagine Cup 2013 Competition in Oman, inviting all students ages 16 to 23 to partake in the world’s premier student technology competition. The National winner team will represent Oman in the Imagine Cup 2013 Worldwide Finals taking place in St Petersburg, Russia between July 8 and 13, 2013.
Speaking on the occasion of the signing ceremony to effect strategic partnerships, Dr Salim al Ruzaiqi, CEO of ITA, said: “We strongly believe in the potential of our youth, and we thank Microsoft for presenting them with such a unique opportunity to challenge themselves, achieve their ambitions and represent the Sultanate internationally.
“Our collaboration comes as part of our continuous efforts to help support and develop Omani youth skills and innovation in IT; we are keen to promote, inspire, empower and support the Sultanate’s future generation and help them succeed.” Supported by its strategic partners, and in cooperation with Knowledge Oman, Microsoft will organise a road show to various universities across the Sultanate to give students the chance to learn more about Imagine Cup and how they can participate in this worldwide annual competition.
Shaikh Saif Hilal al Hosni, Business Development Manager for Microsoft Oman said “Imagine Cup competition is the first step in a lifelong journey for a young entrepreneur, inventor, designer, developer or innovator.” He added “With this 11th session of Imagine Cup competition, we aim at inspiring more students from all academic backgrounds to collaborate on applications and seize opportunities to impact the Omani community as well as the world.”
The Microsoft Imagine Cup is the world’s premier student technology competition. Over the past ten years, more than 1.65 million students from more than 190 countries have participated in the Imagine Cup. “We are pleased to support Microsoft’s Imagine Cup Competition for another session in Oman, and we are excited to witness the hype this initiative creates within the young community in the Sultanate,” said Dr Amer Al Rawas, Chief Executive Officer for Omantel.
“This collaboration comes in line with our commitment to supporting opportunities that help young Omanis flourish into the leaders of tomorrow.”
More than 300 students partook in last year’s session of Imagine Cup Competition in Oman; the National winner was Team Grawesome from Sultan Qaboos University. The winning project “Blood it” is a system that monitors the blood supply in a blood bank. In case of shortage in a specific blood type, or in case of emergency, a GPS system locates the nearest registered donors and automatically sends an SMS.
“The viable donor has to acknowledge the SMS and confirm their availability to donate; otherwise, the next in line donor will be contacted. The system takes into account the blood units needed and contact enough donors accordingly.

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