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Date: May 07, 2004

UVic students win Microsoft's Imagine Cup Canada 2004

Four UVic computer science students will represent Canada at Microsoft’s Imagine Cup Software Design Invitational in Brazil this summer after winning the Imagine Cup Canada 2004 Software Design Challenge.

Mike Flasko, Elisa Johnson, Jason Kemp and Tyler Holmes, all co-op students, designed a system that eliminates some of the problems associated with organizing and participating in an amateur sporting event. Game.Set.Match enables tournament data to be administered via cell phone and available in real time to participants and fans through either the Web or MSN-style alerts. Previously, this type of real-time information was available only at professional tournaments. Game.Set.Match also allows tournament organizers to create a schedule based on online registration.

“We were all very excited to learn we would get to compete at the worlds,” says Flasko. “So far just the experience and contacts we have made make the hours we spent on the competition worthwhile.”

Now in its second year, Microsoft’s Imagine Cup is an international technology contest that provides an outlet for students to explore their technological and artistic interests outside the classroom. The UVic team will represent Canada at the world championships July 4-6 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Along with competitors from 40 other countries, the UVic team will present its entry to a panel of judges from academia and the greater technology industry.

As well as winning the trip to Brazil, the students are being awarded $3,000 CND, a trip to a developer conference in Toronto, and software. For more information go to www.imaginecup.com/

Media contacts:
Mike Flasko (Computer Science) at (250) 595-5698 or mflasko@uvic.ca
Elisa Johnson (Computer Science) at (250) 595-5698 or elisaj@uvic.ca
Maria Lironi (UVic Communications) at (250) 721-6139 or lironim@uvic.ca

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