Students from Kurdish region to participate in Microsoft's Imagine Cup

The Imagine Cup encourages students to develop technologies that can help solve global problems. [Andres Stapff / Reuters]

The Imagine Cup encourages students to develop technologies that can help solve global problems. [Andres Stapff / Reuters]

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"Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems." This is the theme for the 2011 Imagine Cup, a competition Microsoft corporation sponsors every year.

Students from the Kurdish region will participate in the software design competition for the first time this year. The Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals are held in a different country each year, and will take place this year July 8th-13th in New York City.

Microsoft encourages students from around the world to participate in the event, which is considered the "premier" international student technology competition.

Botan Othman, head of the Department of Information Technology in the regional government, told Mawtani that four students from the Kurdish region will be chosen to participate in the Imagine Cup.

"These students will be selected during a competition that focuses on developing software and will be held at the university level in the Kurdistan region," he said.

Students in the Kurdish region must submit their presentations by April 1st to the Department of Information Technology. Participating students will then be invited to take part in the Imagine Cup competition for the Kurdish region on April 15th, where the winning students will be chosen to go to the finals in New York City.

"A competition will be held among the technology departments of the universities of the Kurdistan region to select the best IT team in developing software, and that team will then participate in the world competition," Othman said.

The Imagine Cup competition was founded in 2003 and has been held Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, South Korea, France, Egypt and Poland. The objective is to provide new initiatives in the field of technology and software design.

Ghassan Shahin, Microsoft's representative in the Middle East, held a press conference last week in Erbil, where he announced that this is the first time students from the Kurdish region are participating in the competition.

"Microsoft is planning to assist the IT students and the universities of the Kurdistan region to acquaint them with new innovations and applications, as well as exchange expertise and scientific ideas," he said.

"This is the first time in the history of the competition that Kurdistan region students are participating on behalf of Iraq," Shahin said.

In recent years, many universities in the Kurdish region opened technology institutes and special faculties for technology and software development.

Since this is the first time students from the region will participate in the competition, many of them are unfamiliar with it. However, they said the opportunity to participate in an international competition of this caliber was important.

"It is an important opportunity for the universities in the Kurdistan region to participate in the world competition to prove our abilities," said Renj Mohammed, a computer science student.

"The participation of Kurdish students in such international competitions and exchanges of information with world universities will assist in raising the scientific level of the Kurdistan region universities," he said.

Imagine Cup 2010 was held in Warsaw, Poland, and about 325,000 students from more than 100 countries attended. A team of students from Thailand took home the grand prize of $25,000.

Students can obtain detailed information about the competition via the website www.imaginecup.com.

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    اياد ذياب

    2011-3-9

    It is important that Iraq take interest in software and technology, by opening many schools and universities to work on teaching this important field, which is becoming one of the most urgent necessities for countries’ development. Iraq must increase its work in this field by providing all kinds of support in order to achieve success and to attract the youth to improve this field, which is becoming a daily need. It is also important to benefit from the outside world in these fields, in order to increase Iraqi expertise, especially since it is witnessing a period of development and reconstruction. Thus, software and technology will contribute effectively to the building of Iraq.

  • ثامر سعدون

    2011-3-9

    Software and electronic technologies are among the most important fields in the developed world, thanks to their great importance in all areas of life. Thus, I think that it is important to work on developing the youth's knowledge of software and modern technology, in order to increase their expertise and to enable them to participate effectively in the development of the country. In fact, this can be achieved by supporting all the software projects and all the schools and universities that work on teaching these subjects, and providing all the means that can produce specialists in software and technology. It is also important that Iraq benefit from the world’s expertise in software and technology by attracting companies that are specialized in software and technology and by sending students to foreign countries in order to increase their expertise and development in this important field that can lead to the country’s development and that is necessary in all other fields.

  • سعد عبد علي

    2011-3-8

    Iraqi universities have developed plans and studies that would develop the capacities and talents of the youth, through the establishment of joint scientific and technical workshops to care for young people and develop their abilities in the field of software, science and technology, according to studies prepared by these departments and through the experiences which they have learned of from advanced countries in this area, in order to improve the standard of modern science to contribute to Iraq's development and construction, in accordance with modern and sophisticated foundations.

  • حازم حيدر

    2011-3-8

    The development of the capabilities of youth in technical matters is a good step for Iraqi society, and this should be done in all disciplines, to enrich all aspects of life which suffer from a shortage of technical and scientific expertise. This shortage has led to backwardness in the country, science and civilization, due to the unstable security conditions and as a result of the international isolation suffered by Iraq, as well as the political instability over several years. In order to avoid and overcome these problems, the states have to strive to improve the capabilities of the youth and students in the fields of developing new software and advanced technologies at the present time. This can take place in Iraq through openness to the world and building bridges with the developed countries in the field of software, in cooperation with international universities specialized in the development of new software. In addition, Iraq can send students and young people to engage in training sessions to keep pace with science and knowledge and to master the practical applications, which will be an important factor in activating knowledge and technology in Iraq. This will be an encouraging factor to students and youth, to contribute to the application of science and modern knowledge, which will be reflected positively in development and economic reform in Iraq, through the revitalization of all the skills that lead to strengthening the economy and development for the better.

  • عبدالستار عسكري

    2011-3-6

    The youth are the future generation. That’s why it is important to pay great attention to the development of the educational and cultural levels through programs and technologies, and through searching for new developmental programs on the Internet, and contacting other countries by communicating with relatives and friends. In fact, the Internet network includes a lot of important and educational programs that improve a person’s mind and ideas. However, it is important to remind the youth that the internet is a scourge if they put all their efforts into it and if they forget themselves, because there are many bad programs. Thus, it is important to care for this civilized side through the support of parents, who must improve the education and the culture of their children by encouraging them to use programs that open their minds and memories. It is important to set up Internet cafés in order to teach all people and help them to discover the technological and civil development. Thus, I ask the Iraqi officials to take care of these important topics in order to achieve development and progress. Iraq must be open to the world, and it must be in touch with it through political, cultural, and scientific news. Thus, we hope all the best for Iraq and Iraqis, and God is the witness of what we said.

  • مالك جابر

    2011-3-6

    Openness to the external world is very important, and Iraq in particular needs continuous development in the educational, cultural and political fields. The youth must play an important and a positive role in the technological improvement and in the new and modern programs. In fact, the youth are the future, and they will achieve all the people’s wishes. Iraqi culture is needed, despite its difficult and painful conditions. Therefore Iraq must be open to the external world to develop its culture. In fact, the Iraqi youth use the internet to contact their relatives and friends, who live in other countries. And, I take advantage of the Internet to communicate with my relatives and friends, thanks to this important civil development. In fact, it is important that Iraq increase its activities in all fields, and may God help this country.

  • رسول حسون

    2011-3-5

    Any youth who does not have any idea about computer systems and softwares and all things that are related to modern technology finds it hard to get job. Therefore, I am in favor of the development of the youth’s capacities in this field. In fact, we have a lot of young people who want to learn those modern things. Thus, I think that it is important to provide ongoing training courses, in order to increase the desire of young people to learn these scientific things. And this is beneficial for both Iraq and the youth themselves.

  • سعدي حسين صالح

    2011-3-5

    The Iraqi government must work hard to introduce technology, which has become the most important feature in our modern era. It must be introduced into Iraq by any means, such as contracting with companies, sending students and young people abroad to increase their experiences, like those who study computer systems and software, or opening centers for the companies that are working in the field of software and new technology. In fact, through these centers, the youth can undergo training and get certificates. I think that Iraq now needs to work with these developed countries, in order to increase the experience of the young people in those fields. This will enable them to provide a great service and the required development to the country, especially since the developed countries are very successful in all areas of life.

  • خالد زيدان

    2011-3-3

    Young Iraqis need to get in touch with the enormous developments taking place in the field of programming/IT and new technologies in the world currently. Iraq possesses many talents and youths who are ambitious and who want to be active. The government should work towards making Iraq open to the developed and advanced countries in the field of programming and new technologies. The youths could be sent to developed countries, including Japan, to take courses there, and when they come back, they can implement the new ideas and concepts that they have learned there, and participate in spreading them across Iraq. Also, support could be given to projects undertaken by youths wanting to open factories or IT offices, and these programs and new technologies could then be produced and developed here, and new discoveries could be made. For instance, there should be factories for the assembly or manufacture of computer components in Iraq, after obtaining licenses from the developed countries. Also, workshops or factories for the production of cell phones, for example, and other advanced and new technology products could be opened. This is what will enhance the capabilities of our students and our youths, especially those who are talented or have an interest in these fields.

  • حامد يونس محمد

    2011-3-3

    Iraq is one of the richest countries in the region, and at this particular period in time, it needs to work towards attaining the level of development that some countries have, with a focus on the youth in this regard. This development will come about by means of opening up to the outside world. Iraq needs to enter into the largest possible number of agreements and deals with companies that manufacture technological products, as well as IT companies, and they should be brought into Iraq or invited to hold numerous exhibitions on a continual basis, so that they can present their latest developments. There should be scheduled visits by students and the youths to these exhibitions, where they can get a closer look at the process of manufacturing technological and IT products, and how to operate and work with them. This is what will kindle the aspirations of the students and the youths, and it will be a great incentive for them as well.

  • حارث قاسم

    2011-2-27

    We should encourage young people and students to participate in this area to improve the condition of science, and to contribute to building a new civilization in Iraq.

  • عصام محمد

    2011-2-27

    Iraq has got many skilled youth who are specialized in the field of modern technologies and software. Young Iraqis are able to become more creative than others in this field, since they are eager and have the desire to develop and promote their talents. First, they want to learn. Second, they want to serve Iraq and Iraqis, so that we will promote the use of modern technology in Iraq. We hope that we will develop all other fields by taking an interest in modern technologies and software.

  • هاشم ربيع

    2011-2-27

    Among the necessary duties that the Iraqi government should perform is to provide suitable conditions and the atmosphere for the young people of Iraq, as well as students, to engage in the field of using modern software, to gain experience in this important scientific area of human life at the present time, to communicate and co-exist with the world in all areas of scientific, medical, economic and social development. Also, this will help them gain access to research and studies that will enrich the individual in Iraqi society with science, knowledge and development, which will be a valuable resource in the interest of Iraq's development in all fields, particularly since Iraq has gone through a period of dark lethargy, which led to a delay in various fields, including the fields of science and communication with the outside world, to get experiences that develop skills and increase the knowledge of the Iraqi people. Knowledge is considered strong evidence of the cultural awareness of the people of Iraq and a way to achieve innovation and excellence in all areas, especially when the creative young people put their finishing touches and other innovations that can develop some systems in the field of software and modern technology. The competent department in Iraq should open up to the advanced world in this scientific area and send trainees to study these sciences, to use them to develop the talents and experiences of the youth, in accordance with curricula designed for this purpose, for the success of the scientific and educational march in Iraq, by holding conventions which include areas that contribute to the development of software and modern and sophisticated technology.

  • rezan

    2011-2-27

    Iraq is now witnessing a phase of development in all fields. Thus, it needs to develop the capabilities of its youth and students in software and modern technologies. Iraq must also be opened to the world in this field. I personally encourage this issue, which is promoting the situation in Iraq and pushing it forward.

  • بهار سامي

    2011-2-27

    Openness to the external world is very important, and Iraq in particular needs continuous development in the educational, cultural and political areas. The youth must play an important and a positive role in the technological improvement and in the new and modern programs. In fact, the youth are the future, and they must realize all the people’s wishes. Iraqi culture is needed, despite its difficult and painful conditions. Thus, Iraq must be open to the outer world to increase its culture. In fact, the Iraqi youth use the internet to contact their relatives and friends, who live in other countries. And, I take advantage of the Internet to communicate with my relatives and friends, thanks to this important civic development. In fact, it is important that Iraq increase its activities in all fields, and may God help this country.

  • سالم

    2011-2-27

    The youth are the future generation. That’s why it is important to pay great attention to the development of the educational and cultural levels through programs and technologies, and through searching for new developmental programs on the Internet, and contacting other countries by communicating with relatives and friends. In fact, the Internet network includes many important and educational programs that improve a person’s mind and ideas. However, it is important to remind the youth that the internet is a scourge if they put all their efforts into it and if they forget themselves, because there are many bad programs. Thus, it is important to develop this civilized side through the support of parents, who must improve the education and the culture of their children by encouraging them to use programs that open their minds and memories. It is important to set up Internet cafés in order to teach all the people and to discover the technological and civic development. Thus, I ask the Iraqi officials to take care of dealing with these important topics in order to achieve development and progress. Iraq must be open to the world, and it must be in touch with it through political, cultural, and scientific news. Thus, we hope all the best for Iraq and Iraqis, and God is the witness of what we said.

  • عارف حمادي

    2011-2-25

    The government has to provide the youth and all those who are fond of technology and software with opportunities and all necessary support which can help develop their abilities. This will help Iraq develop and move forward in all fields, especially since Iraq has already started a new phase and needs to develop once again, in order to keep pace with current world developments. Therefore, the government must do all necessary things which can play a significant role in this regard.

  • ماجد رعد

    2011-2-25

    It is very important to take further interest in the technical, technological and modern software, since this develops the talents of our children, who are fond of this technical and technological area. It is also important to develop the capabilities of the youth and students, who are interested in computer science and other technologies that promote their talents. In so doing, their capabilities will be improved. Thus, technological development will help Iraq to be open to the world in this domain. The latter employs the majority of young Iraqis, because it is a lot of fun for them. As a matter of fact, Iraq has many talented people in this modern technological domain, i.e. software and developed technology.

  • غانم كاصد

    2011-2-20

    The youth and the students of Iraq are in great need of developing their capabilities in the field of programming and technology. This could be done through providing support for computer departments in schools and professional institutes and by opening many schools, as these schools do exist, but they do not meet the required standard regarding accommodating the youth and the students, or regarding developing curricula and techniques.

  • سلام ناصر

    2011-2-20

    Work could be developed in that field, by opening factories in which programming systems and modern technologies are involved, to create a new generation that is capable of working in this field, which has a great impact on the progress and the development of the country.

  • عويد بديع

    2011-2-20

    Iraq has to concentrate on opening up to the outside world in this field, by attracting and opening international corporations that work in that field, because these corporations have a lot of experience and will have a great role in developing the capabilities of the youth and students who are interested in this specialization. The field of programming and technology has a broad base in Iraq, and it needs more development and attention. As such, I believe that it is important to give attention to this field and to work on opening up to the outside world, which has reached highly advanced stage, from which we can benefit in Iraq.

  • فواد شعبان

    2011-2-20

    The youth are considered the main dependable base for developing the country in different fields.

  • انور جبار

    2011-2-20

    The field of programming and modern technology is one of the most important fields the advanced countries depend on, because of the great importance it has in developing countries and in their prosperity, as this field intersects with many other fields. From this standpoint, we demand that this important field be helped by supporting the students and the youths who work within this field, to develop their capability and give them the required experience to participate in developing the country. This is by providing them with sufficient support and by providing institutions and institutes which deal with these specializations. Also, Iraq has to open up to the world and the developed countries in the field of programming and technology, because that has come to be one of the most important requirements of the modern era, and of the age of industry, prosperity and advancement. This could be done by attracting capable people and sending students for courses abroad, to give them sufficient chance to develop their capabilities and knowledge, which will have a positive impact on the service of the country and the accomplishments which are realized within this important field.