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NCU students third in worldwide Microsoft competition

Published:Friday | August 10, 2007 | 8:14 AM

A team of students from Northern Caribbean University has come third in the Microsoft-sponsored Imagine Cup software design competition, held in Seoul, South Korea.

The team of four students were selected to compete on behalf of the Caribbean and Central America region in Korea, from a pool of more than 100,000 students from over 100 countries.

The results were announced earlier today with Thailand came coming first and host country South Korea, second.

\"I am extremely proud of their performance and pleased with the results,\" said teacher Kenrie Hylton. \"I hope that through this experience others may see Jamaica as a source for technology experts and be willing to invest in our country and our human resources.\"

The team of The team of 25-year-old Damion Mitchell, Ayson Baxter, 22, Conroy Smith, 22, and Imran Allie, 21, received individual trophies and US$10,000.

NCU impressed Microsoft, the world\'s leading software company, with their Computer Aided Distance Instruction (CADI) software, which can connect students in different countries during shared lessons conducted online, available in 12 languages which are translated in real time.

This is not the first time that NCU have performed well in the competition, which was launched by Microsoft in 2002. NCU won the right to represent Central America and the Caribbean previously in 2005 and came second in the region last year.