Microsoft Imagine Cup 2011 Results Announced, Irish Team Bags Top Prize in Software Design

Software giant Microsoft has announced the winners of its ninth 2011 Imagine Cup World competition, with the winners getting $3 million in prize grants.

In the Software Design category, one of the most important ones, Team Hermes from Ireland bagged the top spot, for creating a device that plugs into a car and provides information on dangerous driving behaviour and road conditions, so that driver could prevent a mishap.

The aim is to change people’s driving habits and lessen the number of deaths due to driving accidents in the world. The team won $25,000 in prize grant to help them further the development of the software.

In the Embedded Development category, the first spot went to Team Nthucs from Taiwan while the first place in the Game Design category went to Team Geekologic from France.

“The innovators, entrepreneurs and humanitarians who compete in the Imagine Cup have developed an inspiring spectrum of projects, raising the bar higher and higher each year,” said S. Somasegar, senior vice president, Developer Division, Microsoft.

“We are in awe of the students’ solutions for addressing social and real-world challenges, and want to help them take their projects to the next level with the financial, technical and business support they need to change the world”, he added.

Futher results can be obtained from Imagine Cup official page here.