The theme of this year’s Imagine Cup is “Imagine a world where technology enables a sustainable environment.” It had been a great honorary for me to take part as one the Judges of the 2008 Imagine Cup Australia. All the teams worked real hard and came up with breathtaking solutions. The interesting part was solutions were built on top of cutting edge technologies technologies ie. Silverlight, Virtual Earth, LINQ, ASP.NET 3.5, WCF, .NET 3.5 and SQL2005.
The Project SOAK is announced the winner of Australian Imagine Cup 08. SOAK which stands for “Smart Operational Agriculture toolKit” is an integrated hardware and softwares platform that aims to help farmers make the most of the water (and other) resources on their land. It does this through an integration of a wide range of sensors which gathers data about the environment in real time, provide rich visual information to end-user about the status of the farm, and electronically controls various systems such as sprinklers. The team members of SOAK blogged more about the project, can be found here
Australian PC Magazine has just published published a very insightful story on this project and the competition
I found SOAK to be a brilliant piece of work, where the team combined latest technologies together and came up with a environment friendly cost effective solution.
The winning team will now represent Australia at the World Imagine Cup finals in Paris in July.
Imagine Cup 2008 – Australia – Judging Panel
The Imagine Cup’s judging panel consisted of Roger Lawrence, Microsoft Australia’s Manager Developer Evangelism; Nigel Watson, Microsoft Australia Architect Evangelist; Shekhar Kalra, computer science lecturer at RMIT University; Shahed Khan, Senior Software Engineer at Ocean Informatics MVP C#.NET, and APC, represented by its editor, Tony Sarno.