DE LA SALLE  TEAM  TOPS  NATIONWIDE  SOFTWARE  DESIGN  CONTEST

MANILA,
MAY 4, 2007
 (STAR) By Rainier Allan Ronda - A team from De La Salle University (DLSU), composed of four computer science and computer engineering students, won the top prize in a nationwide software design contest sponsored by leading global information technology giant Microsoft.

The universityís "Cross+Linked" team, led by 20-year-old Franchere Chan and made up of members Mary Ann Ngo, Lance Lim and Ryan Ong, were chosen as champion of Microsoftís 5th Imagine Cup held at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) Conference Center in Makati City yesterday for their winning "IE STAR" software program.

The DLSU team bested four other teams from the Ateneo de Manila University which fielded two teams, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, and the Technological University of the Philippines.

Tim Vergel de Dios, Academic Developer Evangelist of Microsoft Philippines, said that as champions of the Imagine Cup Philippines, DLSUís "Cross+Linked" team will be the countryís representative to the Imagine Cup World Finals to be held in Seoul, South Korea later this year.

De Dios said the five entries of the four schools in yesterdayís local finals were the most innovative and interesting programs from almost 30 entries.

"There were many excellent entries but we had to screen them and narrow them down to get five entries for todayís local finals," Vergel de Dios told reporters.

De Dios said the continuously growing number of entries to their annual "Imagine Cup" indicated the success of the program, which aims to encourage young people to "apply their imagination, passion and creativity to technology innovations that make a difference in the world today."

Chan, leader of the "Cross+Linked" team, said that she and her teammates were deeply honored and proud of their achievement.

Explaining their IE STAR program, Chan said that it was a data organization and browsing software that will help a person doing research over the Internet to file and store important "nuggets of information" through an easy retrieval system and user-friendly layout and browser system.

"Itís a data organization program that will be helpful to someone doing research over the Internet," Chan told The STAR.

The ADMUís Team "Pi" took second place in the contest while Colegio de San Juan de Letranís "Innovative Mind and Individual" team won third place.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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