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IT Sligo Students Take Top Microsoft Place In New York

IT Sligo students, representing Ireland, took first position in the lead category at the Worldwide Finals of Imagine Cup 2011 on July 13 (yesterday), 2011 in New York City, USA.

Team Hermes from Ireland took home top honors in the lead category of  the Microsoft Imagine Cup in New York last night, (10pm Irish Time), the Software Design Category. The team designed a device that plugs into a car and monitors dangerous driving behavior and road conditions, providing instant feedback to both the driver and the car owner. The team’s solution uses embedded technology, Windows Phone 7, Bing Maps and the Windows Azure cloud computing platform to change driving habits and reduce road deaths, which impact a significant number of young lives each year. With its victory, the team won $25,000 (U.S.) and the opportunity to get guidance from Microsoft on the development of their product.

President of IT Sligo, Professor Terri Scott, said; “This is a remarkable achievement by Team Hermes. They are true ambassadors for IT Sligo, and for Ireland. An innovative idea, hard work and self-belief has earned them a well-deserved place on the world stage and we look forward to welcoming them back to IT Sligo.”

     IT Sligo team HERMES with the  at Microsoft Imagine Cup

After competing with more than 350,000 other students, the IT Sligo Students battled it out at the Worldwide Finals. They used inspiration, innovation, and their imagination to solve some of the toughest problems facing modern society.

See previous article from 12 July here

Team HERMES are Calum Cawley from Castlebaldwin, Co Sligo, Aine Conaghan from Ballybofey, Co Donegal, James McNamara from Ballyfarnon, Co Roscommon and Matthew Padden Ballina, Co Mayo.

The moment of the historic announcement
in New York yesterday

Team HERMES is an interdisciplinary venture from IT Sligo bringing innovative ideas from the School of Engineering and the School of Business and Humanities. The team comprise Aíne Conaghan, Fáilte Ireland Scholarship postgraduate research student from Ballybofey, Donegal, James McNamara, a student in the Department of Information Systems from Ballyfarnon, Co Roscommon), Calum Cawley, a mechatronic student from Castlebaldwin, Co Sligo, and Matthew Padden from  Ballina, Co Mayo, who is also a student in the Department of Information Systems. Their team mentor is Padraig Harte, a lecturer in the Department of Information Systems.

“We have a problem in Ireland; that problem is deaths on our roads,” said Team Hermes member James McNamara. “Thanks to Microsoft and the Imagine Cup, we’ve been able to come together to solve this problem and save lives.”

As is tradition at the Microsoft Imagine Cup World Festival, Microsoft President of North America Sales & Marketing Robert Youngjohns participated in the ceremonial flag passing to mark the transition of host country duties. Pip Marlow, managing director from Microsoft Australia, and Gerard Seeber, deputy consul general and senior trade and investment commissioner of Austrade, were on hand to accept the flag on behalf of Australia, which will host the 10th annual Microsoft Imagine Cup in Sydney in July 2012.

More Photos in Photo Gallery - HERE

Congratulations and Well Done Team Hermes from all at SligoToday.ie