IT students across the globe were tasked by Microsoft to develop software and hardware that would put into reality the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Unlike last year when Makerere’s Faculty of Computing and IT dominated the regional competition, winning and even taking up the runners-up positions, this year they only managed to come second to Ethiopia.
However, the IT faculty can take solace in the fact that all its five participating projects were ranked amongst the best 10, with one qualifying for the world finals slated to take place from July 3 to 7, 2009. Makerere is to compete with students from over 100 countries across the world.
Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer says, “The Imagine Cup inspires students to use their creativity to help change the world for the better by discovering new ways to use technology to address some of the world’s toughest challenges.”
Ballmer added that some of the greatest innovations and companies of tomorrow will be created by today’s students. The Imagine Cup presents a great opportunity for them to compete with students from around the world. Students will be competing for over $180,000 in prizes.
Meanwhile, the MUK IT faculty has been awarded the Cisco Top Performing Networking Academy 2009 in Uganda. The award was given to the faculty for its high student enrolment, consistent performance, expanded curriculum, and commitment to the academy programme.