Thursday, November 7, 2013

Microsoft partners with DOST for the Imagine Cup

Last November 5, 2013, Microsoft sealed partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)to support Microsoft’s student developer programs like the Imagine Cup. This development is expected to create a lasting impact in the community through innovative technology.
Imagine Cup is an annual competition sponsored and hosted by Microsoft Corporation. Currently on its 12th year, Imagine Cup brings together young technologists worldwide to use their imagination and passion to create a technological solution that breaks new ground and solves tough problems that face the world today. Imagine Cup provides students across all disciplines the opportunity to use their creativity, passion and knowledge of technology to create applications, games, and solutions that can change the way we live, work, and play. More than 1.65 million students from more than 190 countries have participated in Imagine Cup over the past 10 years. To date, over 1,000 young Filipinos have been given the opportunity to transform their ideas into wonderful apps through this prestigious competition.

“Our partnership with DOST strengthens our commitment of enabling our youth today realize their full potential and help them become more globally competitive through technology,” said Karrie Ilagan, General Manager of Microsoft Philippines. “With DOST, we are assured that Imagine Cup is in the best position to steer and guide students into building groundbreaking applications that are innovative and practical, leaving a significant impact in the lives of many.”

Microsoft’s partnership with DOST is part of its “Angat. Asenso.Bawat Pilipino” program which aims to align the Company’s goals and objectives with the focus programs of the government. In line with this, Microsoft has identified three areas where the Company can use its innovative devices, services, and programs to create a real difference in the country. These are with the 3Es: Educated People, Entrepreneurial Spirit, and Efficient Government.

Imagine Cup is very much aligned with these 3Es. It harnesses the youth’s talent and skills to help them become globally competitive and future-ready especially in creating amazing apps. It also cultivates entrepreneurial spiritas it trains students to launch their business and market their apps. Finally, these apps can be used by various government agencies in addressing the needs of Filipino citizens today. “Microsoft’s Imagine Cup is vital to promoting the science and technology capability of our student developers in achieving innovations that are geared towards delivering economic and social benefits,” said DOST Undersecretary Louis Casambre. “Morevover, we look forward to more partnerships like this with Microsoft in order to sustain the development of programs that harness the talents and skills of Filipinos in science and technology and at the same time, give them the opportunity to potentially contribute to the economy through entrepreneurship.”

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