Manchester Computer Science Students Win Microsoft Imagine Cup UK Finals!Published: Thursday, 28 April 2011
Congratulations to the University of Manchester, School of Computer Science first year students who won the Microsoft's Imagine Cup UK Finals.
Congratulations to the University of Manchester, School of Computer Science first year students who won the Microsoft's Imagine Cup UK Finals. Damian Walsh, JP Lacerda and Sam Van Leishout also supervised in the Web Ergonomics Lab won the Software Design competition with their project OVE.
Project OVE (Open Volunteering Exchange) is a distributed platform to enable volunteering organisations to exchange volunteers. It was created by a team of students from The University of Manchester. The aim of Project OVE is to enable people to quickly organise events requiring a group of volunteers with diverse skills. When this can be achieved it could be used to realise some of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.
We entered the Microsoft Imagine Cup Competition as we thought that this year’s theme (i.e. the solving of the United Nations Development Goals) presented an interesting project relevant to the challenges of the world today, and as we are all in the School of Computer Science it would also provide us with experience in real-world applications.
One of the benefits of our project's unique design is its reliability, which is particularly important when volunteers need to be rapidly mobilised in times of emergency. We are using a peer to peer (P2P) based system: if the network is affected adversely, peers who are still online can still communicate with each other, allowing volunteers’ information to continue to be exchanged.
By taking part in the Imagine Cup we have been given the opportunity and support from Microsoft and the University respectively to transform this original idea into reality.