Microsoft Imagine Cup 2011 Worldwide Finalists; Orchard Challenge and Windows 7 Touch Challenge Wiinnders Announced

Microsoft Imagine Cup 2011 Worldwide finalists announced today. "As the winners of regional, national and online Imagine Cup competitions, these high school and university students represent the pinnacle of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurialism from 73 countries and regions around the globe," stated Microsoft.Microsoft noted "This year, over 350,000 students from 183 countries registered for Imagine […]

Microsoft Imagine Cup 2011 Worldwide finalists announced today. "As the winners of regional, national and online Imagine Cup competitions, these high school and university students represent the pinnacle of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurialism from 73 countries and regions around the globe," stated Microsoft.

Microsoft noted "This year, over 350,000 students from 183 countries registered for Imagine Cup competition. The 124 student teams secured their places at the July 8-13 Worldwide Finals event, where they'll demo technological advancements in problem-solving and compete for international recognition and $215,000 (U.S.) in cash prizes in categories including Software Design, Embedded Development, Game Design, Digital Media, Windows Phone 7, IT Challenge, Interoperability Challenge, Windows 7 Touch Challenge and the Orchard Challenge. The students' projects tackle serious humanitarian issues, often inspired by the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, such as the environment, health, accessibility and education."

Here's a list of worldwide finalist teams:

The final event of the competition, the Imagine Cup World Festival and Awards Ceremony, will take place on Wednesday, July 13.

Microsoft also announced the winners of the Orchard Challenge and Windows 7 Touch Challenge, two of Imagine Cup's online competitions. The first place teams in these challenges will represent their countries at the Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals:

[Source: Microsoft Press]