My involvement with the 2012 imagine cup

For the last few months I have been helping out behind the scenes as the Imagine Cup game design sub-captain for the Windows/Xbox division. Translated into English, it means that I have been in charge of organising the allocation of games to judges, and sorting out any issues the judges may have.

The games have all been judged and gone through 3 rounds so far. There has been some fierce competition throughout the entire competition! It is with great pleasure that I can announce that the finalist

Xbox / Windows finalists

The finalists announcement http://blogs.msdn.com/b/andrewparsons/archive/2012/05/23/imagine-cup-2012-game-design-finalists-xbox-windows.aspx
Video trailers of the finalists http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDCFF2F3BE654B049&feature=view_all

Windows Phone 7

The finalists announcement http://blogs.msdn.com/b/andrewparsons/archive/2012/05/23/imagine-cup-2012-game-design-finalists-phone.aspx
Video trailers of the finalists http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFE775CF63073F5D1&feature=view_all

Australian software design finals

I also attended the Australian finals of the software design category. There were lots of impressive presentations, each team obviously had spent a lot of time on their software and their slide decks.

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World wide finals in Sydney!

In July, the world wide finals will be hosted in Sydney, Australia. I’ll be attending the entire event, helping out and getting blown away by the student participation. I’m looking forward to see what the students bring!

By David Burela

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2008 Imagine cup Australian winner. Project SOAK

We just had the great honour of being announced as the Australian winner of the 2008 Imagine Cup and will be flying to France in July to compete in the world finals (visit http://imaginecup.com/ for more details). This is a fantastic award to have won so I thought I would take the time to explain and give an overview of what SOAK is and the vision we have for its future development.

Elevator pitch
SOAK is an integrated software and hardware platform with the aspiration of helping farmers achieve sustainable use of their land. This is achieved through the integrated use of environmental sensing, rich visual front ends to display the information to the farmer, and a subsystem which controls farm equipment such as sprinkler systems

Sensing the environment
SOAK supports a wide range of sensors such as

  • Temperature
  • Rainfall
  • Dam depth
  • Salinity
  • Etc.

These sensors provide SOAK with the relevant real time information that is needed for the more advanced functionality.

External data resources
SOAK utilises a number of resources such as Microsoft Virtual Earth for mapping data, Weather forecasting for predictions on when to water, and the British Telecom SDK for SMS notifications when there is a critical event at a farm (such as a fault in farm equipment)

Manipulating the environment
An automated watering system allows for a very fine level of control over when to water. The weather forecasting is taken into consideration when calculating if now is the best time to water the crop. If rain is predicted to fall in the next 48hours, the system can hold back from water so as to reduce the water consumption of the farm.

User interaction
Currently SOAK has implemented 3 delivery mechanisms each targeted to a specific use and data consumption.
The Silverlight web application is the main access point for SOAK. Here we present very detailed and visual information tailored to management users. This was created as a mashup between Microsoft Virtual Earth and Silverlight 2.0 Beta1.

The Windows Vista Sidebar gadget provides data at a glance with the most important statistics about the areas they are concerned with.

The PDA application provides field operators with real-time summary information about the areas they are visiting and gives them access to a manual over-ride of the sprinkler system when out in the field.

Additional information
This was a very brief introduction to the SOAK system, if you would like to see a better one page overview please look at the executive summary that was submitted to the judges. SOAK executive summary

My team mate Long Zheng has also blogged about our project http://www.istartedsomething.com/20080523/imagine-cup-australian-winner-project-soak/

If you would like to contact me for further information about SOAK, please leave your details.
My twitter feed is http://twitter.com/DavidBurela if you would like to keep informed of the last SOAK information

By David Burela

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