The PsyTrack team, a group of programmers from various universities in Puerto Rico, will represent the island in the Microsoft Imagine Cup Software World Cup to be held July 8–11 in St. Petersburg, Russia.
They will compete in the final with their “Piggy Spanker” software proposal, to win for a share of the cash prize totaling $1 million, among other awards.
PsyTrack won their ticket to the final in Russia after prevailing at the regional Imagine Cup competition. Their proposal beat out other groups of college programmers from Latin America, which will also send teams from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.
“Imagine Cup is more than a competition. It is a platform that recognizes innovative ideas, management of integrated technology and the development of a solid business plan for each of the teams,” said Yamille Morales, Microsoft’s director of new technologies.
“PsyTrack students now have the opportunity to represent Puerto Rico in an international forum. Congratulations to them and we wish them success in the Microsoft Imagine Cup in Russia,” she said.
Members of the PsyTrack team are: Esteban Maldonado, Rubén Cáceres, Josué Montalvo and Rubén Cardona.
The Microsoft Imagine Cup provides an opportunity for student technologists, aspiring entrepreneurs, developers and students from all academic backgrounds to collaborate, develop a technology, create a business plan and gain a keen understanding of what they need to bring their concept to market. The brightest young minds join together to exemplify the power of student innovation.