In the big league

Benildeans place 3rd in Microsoft developer contest.

We’re already on the map as a school to look out for in the IT field.”

This was declared Carmen Luz V. Cueto, chairperson of the Information Management (IM) Program of the School of Management and Information Technology (SMIT) of the De La Salle–College of Saint Benilde, after the school garnered second runner-up honors in the tough Philippine Finals of the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2008.

The DLS-CSB team was composed of incoming third year IM students RJ Orcasitas, JR Galang, and Riela Antonio.

Their entry, a working application entitled, The Philippine Prairie Watch, is a Microsoft-based application which allows users to view endangered animals using a live camera viewer.

Apart from giving complete information about the animated 3D animal, the application is also equipped with a donations module, Microsoft live maps (like Google Earth), video archives, and information handlers, among other things.

IM faculty member Ben Uy served as the official mentor of the group, while fellow IM faculty member David Quitoriano and Cueto provided moral support during the final stages of the contest.

Out of almost 30 teams that joined the competition, DLS-CSB was one among the surviving five teams which made it to the finals. Two of the five teams were Ateneo De Manila University (which garnered first and second places), one team came from Letran College, and another team, composed of a selection of Microsoft Student Partners from different schools.

The Imagine Cup, which is now on its sixth year, is a competition sponsored by software giant Microsoft that aims to encourage young people to create technology solutions for real world issues.

The following special award challenges were also featured in 2008, enabling students to focus on developing skills in a specific technology: The Software Design Windows Live Award, the Software Design Interoperability Award and the Interface Design Accessible Technology Award.

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