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Jamaicans advance to Imagine Cup Final

Published:Tuesday | June 24, 2014 | 12:00 AM

After a four-year absence from The Microsoft Imagine Cup competition, Jamaica will be represented in the finals set for Seattle in the United States in July.

Orane Campbell, a 23-year-old information technology final-year student at the University College of the Caribbean (UCC), is among 31 finalists who will compete in the competition from July 29-August 2.

The Microsoft Imagine Cup is a premier global technology competition that provides a framework for students to use their imagination and passion to create technological solutions through competitions and challenges.

Campbell is one of two entrants from the UCC in the competition from Jamaica this year. He conceptualised 'Project Exit', a brain game designed to test the user's ability to think, develop memory and find solutions in a maze-like environment.

"It is a puzzle-action type of game ... . The reason why I chose the puzzle category is because its target audience is more towards persons who want a challenge, so I think it will attract more players that way if we were to give them challenges in puzzles in a slightly different manner," Campbell said.

He is now concentrating on making improvements to the game before he leaves for Seattle.

"We are doing a bit of upgrading right now. I'm doing a few redesigns. Me and my teammate are trying to reconfigure few options. We are trying to rework the design and certain functionalities," he added.

His application won the game category and he also won the overall competition locally. After winning the local leg of the competition, he included NCU student Nicolas Brown on his team.

sheldon.williams@gleamerjm.com