DOUBLE VICTORY FOR HCT IN IMAGINE CUP NATIONAL FINALS; GUTECH THIRD WINNER

MUSCAT: Students from the Higher College of Technology (HCT) won two of the three categories at Microsoft’s Imagine Cup technological innovation competition held at Crowne Plaza Muscat on Thursday.

With 29 teams comprising more than 100 students, the competition was open to 16 to 24 years olds from educational institutions around the country. Nine teams competed on the final day. The three winning teams will compete with over 30 teams in the pan-Arab finals in Bahrain from May 31 to June 3 for the chance to represent the Arab world at the world championships in Seattle, US in late July.

The competition was jointly organised by Microsoft Oman, Information Technology Authority and Omantel. Sheikh Saif al Hosni, Microsoft Oman business development manager said the competition helped support Oman’s vision towards a knowledge economy. “Imagine Cup works to encourage students to present innovative solutions to change our lives and improve how we live, work and play,” he said.

The three winning projects are:

Bolster by Team HCT (innovation category): A software that can help people who sit for long hours at work.

Catch Me by Team HCT (games category): An app that adapts traditional games to mobile phone.

Readathon by Team GUtech (World citizenship category): An app that can help read books online in a marathon-like manner and can be shared with family and friends.

SOURCE: Muscat Daily