Islamabad, 23 March 2023 (TDI): Microsoft and Pakistan’s Higher Education Commission (HEC) have unveiled the winners and runners-up of the Imagine Cup 2023. The event was co-organized by the two.

The announcements were made during the closing ceremony at HEC’s headquarters. Several Vice Chancellors and educational leaders from Pakistan attended the event.

The Director General of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), Dr. Salim M. Almalik, and the Chairman of the Higher Education Commission, Prof. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed also attended the event

The Country Manager of Microsoft, Jibran Jamshad was also present while the Chief Guest at the event was Dr. Salim M. Almalik.

Speaking at the event, the chief guest noted that “Such partnerships with companies like Microsoft empower the students to use their creativity in addressing real societal problems using modern technology”.

Microsoft revealed the winners of the Imagine Cup competition in all four categories: Environment, Leisure, Health, and Education.

Team “Smart Fruity Bytes” from the Muhammad Nawaz Sharif University of Agriculture, Multan (MNSUAM) won the Earth category.

Team “Journovolt” from Usman Institute of Technology Karachi won the Lifestyle category, while team “Human Life Saviours” from FAST NUCES Lahore Campus won the Education category.

Lastly, team “AR Learn” from the University of Engineering & Technology (UET) Peshawar won the Education category.

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Aside from the above, 9 other university teams from the North, Center, South, and Baluchistan regions were named regional winners and runners-up in the Imagine Cup.

The four winning teams were also awarded monetary prizes and will now represent Pakistan at the international level, fighting against the world’s top finalists.

Addressing the guests and staff, Jibran Jamshad, Country Education Lead, Microsoft Pakistan remarked on the success of Imagine Cup.

He stated, “Imagine Cup is one of the successful and empowering examples of how Microsoft is enabling students to build 21st-century skill sets through access to the latest technology, training & mentorship. As a result, students are offered new opportunities for the future.”

He went on to further add, “The Imagine Cup provides tech students, software developers, and entrepreneurs new possibilities to innovate and solve some of the world’s biggest social environmental, and health challenges.

We have selected excellent local projects and now the champion team will compete in the World Finals Competition for a prize of $100,000, the Azure grant, and a mentoring session with Microsoft CEO.”

At the occasion, the top teams presented their concepts, and Vice Chancellors from the winning institutions and other universities discussed their experiences participating in the competition.

The participants unanimously acknowledged that Imagine Cup created a strong work ethic among students, allowing them to develop and learn new skills, and gave wonderful prizes.

Prof. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman of the HEC, stated in closing remarks, “Microsoft and HEC continuously work to introduce tech reforms in the education sector.

The Imagine Cup is one of the projects that both HEC and Microsoft are proud to have worked on. In the end, these activities bring students together motivating them to contribute to the greater good of their country in an innovative way.”

It’s important to note that Microsoft and HEC have already signed a contract for the transformation of education that covers important higher education institutions in Pakistan.

Under this agreement, Microsoft offers FREE certifications for 100,000 eligible students and organizes several capacity-building programmes, and holds similar activities for education stakeholders throughout Pakistan.

The major goal is still to equip the education sector with the newest Microsoft goods and services and technology.