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Imagine Cup @ RIT

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So as the weekend drew to a a close, a sense of accomplishment, and the smell of caffeine was thick in the air. The Game Design labs at Rochester Institute of Technology hosted various teams from RIT, Ithaca College, and Cornell in the first stage of Imagine Cup. The teams participated in a 48 hour programming competition to see how far they could progress on their ideas for imagine cup.

Before we get to them, some may ask what is Imagine Cup? Imagine Cup is an annual competition by Microsoft challenge students to tackle real world issues though software, design, and games. This year the theme was the Millennium Development Goals. In short the list includes:

  • Ending hunger and poverty
  • Achieving primary education for everyone.
  • Promoting gender equality and empowerment.
  • Reducing child mortality
  • Improving maternal health
  • combating widespread disease.
  • Ensuring environmental sustainability
  • Developing a global partnership for development.

So with that challenge on the table, what did the students come up with?
Among the top 5 teams, the games included:
  • Village People - a Tower Defense game where the towers are airdrop supplies that "attack" incoming people to the village. These people are saved when the propper tower heals their ailment
  • Nanobots - As you fly through the bloodstream, you must turn and rotate to protect yourselves against and destroy diseases.
  • Woot- Woots have have destroyed the environment and now u must clear them out by rotating your Windows Phone to get them out of the puzzle environments
  • Terra-dactyl - This is a multi-player Terra-forming game, you must replace the pollution ridden land w/ your D.A.C.T.Y.L. machines while avoiding sludge monsters.
  • Embryonic - You play as a remote controlled ship inside a mother's womb, shooting down dangerous diseases and other harmful entities that try and attack the unborn baby throughout pregnancy

Of course these great ideas couldn't go unrewarded, especially after the coding binge they endured through.
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The games looked great after 48 hours and will only continue to look better for the next deadline of the Imagine Cup

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