Information Technology in Brazil: students win Imagine Cup from Microsoft

The design of an application for Skype, created by a group of university students from São Paulo, was one of the winners of the 11th worldwide Imagine Cup competition, sponsored by Microsoft with 800 students around the world to encourage innovation. Winners in 15 categories were announced on Thursday (11), in St. Petersburg, in Russia.

The winning group, called “Flying Ship“, is formed by students André Rodrigues, Sato Diego Castro, Felipe Cabral and Pedro Minutti Cavalca, Laboratory of Applied Information Technology of the Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) in Bauru, São Paulo.

The team won the award for highest competition (50 000 euros), in the category “AppCampus” special awards sponsors to invest in the commercial viability of the application. In addition to the prize money, the Brazilians will do a four-week training in Finland, conducted jointly by Nokia, Microsoft and the Finnish Aalto University.

The Callvenient is an application for service Skype, Microsoft, you can hold calls made to a user when he or she is busy. The app is linked to a Microsoft account and have access to the user’s calendar. When the person is busy, the app blocks calls via Skype or regular phone. Who tried to make the connection at the time will receive a message saying that the person is busy, indicating free time to make call backs. Overall, 87 student teams from 71 countries competed in the World Cup final after winning local competitions and online throughout the world. The total prize pool is valued at $ 1 million.

via G1 – Skype App for Brazilian wins world competition from Microsoft – News Technology and Games.

Itamar Medeiros

Originally from Brazil, Itamar Medeiros currently lives in Germany, where he works as Lead Product Design Strategist at SAP and promotes User Experience Design as visiting lecturer at Köln International School of Design. Working in the Information Technology industry since 1998, Itamar Medeiros has helped truly global companies in several countries (Argentina, Brazil, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, The Netherlands, Poland, United Arab Emirates, United States) create great user experience through advocating Design and Innovation principles. During his 7 years in China, he championed the User Experience Design discipline as User Experience Manager at Autodesk and Local Coordinator of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) in Shanghai

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