Microsoft bares winners of PH finals of Imagine Cup

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Microsoft Philippines, in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology ? Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICT Office), has announced the three winning teams of the Imagine Cup Philippine Finals.

The winning teams which will represent the Philippines in the Asian finals. (L-R) Paul Villena, John Jethro Ganzon, Mark Erwin Villari?a and Yvette Watson of Team Tala; Charlene Ho, Patricia Alonzo, and Flerizza Sanidad of Team Animus; Joyce Guiao, Miguel Maningo (Team Animus), Oliver Syson, Mark Castillo of Team Pew Pew
The winning teams which will represent the Philippines in the Asian finals. (L-R) Paul Villena, John Jethro Ganzon, Mark Erwin Villari?a and Yvette Watson of Team Tala; Charlene Ho, Patricia Alonzo, and Flerizza Sanidad of Team Animus; Joyce Guiao, Miguel Maningo (Team Animus), Oliver Syson, Mark Castillo of Team Pew Pew

Imagine Cup, which is currently at its 12th year, is a technology competition that provides students across all disciplines to create applications, games, and solutions that solve the toughest problems in the world today.

During the finals held at the Casa Blanca in Intramuros, three teams were declared winners representing each category – games, innovation, and world citizenship.

The winning teams received P50,000, BizSpark membership, and will represent the Philippines in the Asian finals.

? Team TALA, winner of World Citizenship category, presented ReLink ? an app that will help people sell their pre-loved belongings instead of throwing them away.

? Team Animus topped the Games category with FitPals, an app that combined fitness and play and utilized the power of Xbox Kinect to enable children to remain active.

? Team PewPew conquered the Innovation category by adding a touch of personalization to storytelling with FUNIMALS, an app that generates stories based on pictures selected by children.

Included in the roster of judges that selected the winning solutions were Marco Sardillo III (Intramuros administrator), Monchito Ibrahim (industry development director for DOST ? ICT Office), Bettina Quimson (e-Society group director for DOST ? ICT Office), Anthony Esporlas (product manager for games for Smart Communications), Paul Pajo (senior developer evangelist for Smart), and Earljohn Hidalgo (chief technology officer for the Vibal Group).

?We are very proud of all contestants and are impressed with the solutions that were presented during the finals. We hope that Imagine Cup serves as a platform that will encourage more Filipino youth to aspire to build that next big innovation that could positively impact the lives of the Filipino people.? said Alvin Gendrano, director for the developer and platform group for Microsoft Philippines.

Team Hiraya with representatives from Microsoft Philippines. (L-R) Duchess Domagsang, academic programs specialist for Microsoft Philippines; Gabriel Eric Villanueva, Jomarie Anne Marques; Neo John Tuquero; John Paul Sibug, audience marketing manager for Microsoft Philippines
Team Hiraya with representatives from Microsoft Philippines. (L-R) Duchess Domagsang, academic programs specialist for Microsoft Philippines; Gabriel Eric Villanueva, Jomarie Anne Marques; Neo John Tuquero; John Paul Sibug, audience marketing manager for Microsoft Philippines

Team Hiraya from the Philippines also won first place in the innovation category of the worldwide Imagine Cup 2014 online user experience challenge.

The team?s project unified automated information from trains, buses, and taxis to enable users to find the best available transportation options when commuting.

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