Saudi team takes 2nd place at Microsoft’s global technology competition

July 15, 2010

U.S. computer giant Microsoft has announced that a team of students from the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) has taken second place at the “Imagine Cup 2010 World Finals” competition. The event, hosted by Microsoft in Warsaw, Poland on July 8, is the world’s premier student technology competition. It is open to students from around the world and aims to encourage youths to creatively and innovatively utilize technology to find solutions to existing human problems. The Saudi students’ second place finish was the highest ranking ever achieved by a team from an Arab nation.

The KFUPM team was nominated in the first round of the competition, held in April with the participation of 340 teams. During the second round, Microsoft judges narrowed down the field to the best teams, choosing those hailing from Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Singapore, Serbia and Taiwan.

During the competition, the KFUPM team presented a five-minute film entitled “Let Us Eat Together” addressing world hunger, a catastrophe threatening billions of lives every day. The film invited its audience to take an effective part in the solution to the crisis and to contribute generously to help poor people survive, instead of merely providing them with food.

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