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New Zealand students get chance to pitch ideas to Gates

Posted by kiwiscanfly on June 28, 2007

“The magic of software can do far more amazing things than people imagine,” Gates said in his introduction to the event.
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Forty students from around the world got to pitch their software projects to Microsoft chairman Bill Gates as part of a worldwide software development challenge.
Team Ackermen from Waikato University will represent New Zealand in the worldwide Software Design category of Imagine Cup 2007. The New Zealand finals was held last Friday in Auckland.

The Imagine Cup is Microsoft’s worldwide software design competition for students. This year it challenged participating teams to build a product that can enable better education for everyone. It has attracted 100,000 students in 100 countries. The final competition will happen in Korea in August.
Team Ackermen’s project, Gary’s Lab, is an interactive educational game that teaches the theory of physics in a fun environment. The program resembles a 3D computer game which helps students to solve physics problems and reinforces theory learnt in class by using a visual example.
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