Imagine Cup Worldwide 3rd Place and Innovation Accelerator Award!!

I still can’t believe it but it’s true: with team Digitalmania, Hungary we’ve won 3rd place on the Microsoft Imagine Cup world finals in Paris and were one of the 6 teams to receive the Innovation Accelerator prize in the main category, Software Design!! It’s amazing… we are also the first Hungarian team to make it to the top 6 teams on the world finals as well!

7_finalsPresenting at the finals, in the Louvre

The whole competition started a few months ago when we’ve decided to enter the Imagine Cup competiton. We’ve managed to win the Hungarian national round which made us qualify for the world finals among with 60 other teams across the globe. The world finals took place for 6 days. The firs few days there were qualifiers from where 12 teams advanced to the semi-finals. After another round 6 of the 12 teams were selected for the grand final. The qualifiers and semi-finals were closed to the audience, whereas the grand final was in front of about 2,000 people in the Louvre! I never expected to be presenting in front of this many people!

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Special Prize on 24 Hours Coding Competition

The Win The Web 24 hours coding competition was held last Saturday. The competition was organized by Microsoft Hungary and during the 24 hours teams of 3 had to complete a larger and three smaller web projects using any technology they preferred. I entered with two of my colleagues from work.

The main task was to create a website that tracks movements of truck drivers throughout Europe. We were given sample GPS coordinates of about 30 drivers with reports every 5 minutes in a months interval and had to visualize this information, make it searchable and implement the most we could of a list of about 30 requirements.

We decided to use ASP.NET, WCF, Silverlight and Bing maps with the Javascript API to solve the task. The competiton started at 10am on Saturday and the hours seemed to fly by too fast. I was developing route visualization with Bing maps and tried to work around limitiations of the Javascript API (e.g. that only paths of about 25 steps can be plotted on it) as well as building website functionality and a bit of Silverlight.

Unfortunately we only implemented about 60% of the functionality required. Because of this we weren’t hoping of any prize – however to our delight we were awarded IT Secure’s special prize for the most innovative user interface! And after the award ceremony I went home and slept a good 15 hours :)

Imagine Cup Hungary Winners!

The Imagine Cup Hungary finals were held last week at Microsoft headquarters in Budapest. This year’s topic was Imagine a world where technology enables a sustainable environment and there were multiple categories one could enter (including algorithm, games, short film and some other). We’ve entered the “main” category, Software Design. In this category the winners of the national round qualify for the world finals held in Paris this year. And yes… we’ve won and will be representing Hungary in the world finals!!

The Idea

In theSoftware Design category teams of maxium 4 have to create a project for the theme of the competition utilizing Microsoft technologies. We’ve spent weeks brainstorming with what we could develop for this year’s theme and finally came up with a water saving irrigation system. The motivation driving this idea was that we learned that 80% of all sweet water used goes towards irrigation compared to only 7% of sweet water used by households! So if we could save 5% on irrigation that would be equivalent of saving 50% on household water usage and would have a huge impact.

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Brief intro

I’m reading numerous blogs, sometimes commenting on them as well but only now have I decided to start one myself. Topics will be basically everything connected mostly with software and a little bit with me.

3… 2… 1… go!

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