In just two days time I’ll be heading out to New York City with my good friends from university Sam Van Lieshout and JP Lacerda. We are the UK finalists of the Microsoft 2011 Imagine Cup and we’re heading out to compete in the world finals in New York this week!
Our project is called Project OVE. It aims to provide an easy and secure way for charities to exchange volunteer information and make it easier for charitable organisations to coordinate and distribute their volunteering efforts. At the core of Project OVE is a peer to peer network-based application written in C#. I won’t re-explain everything here because our website pretty much has an explanation of how exactly it works covered - and if anyone has any questions, please do post a comment on one of the posts there and we’ll do our best to enlighten you!
All the way from it’s roots as a passing conversation in the Fallowfield branch of Wetherspoons in sunny Manchester, UK - Project OVE has worked it’s way from an idea on paper to the winner of the UK Imagine Cup, and now we’re taking on the rest of the world in the finals. I’ll be blogging and tweeting and uploading lots of media related to our progress during the 6 days in New York so everyone can stay tuned on how Project OVE is fairing in the finals. We’re currently polishing the final version of our presentation to be made to the panel of judges on the 9th of this month, hopefully it will be a success and make a big impression!
Wish us luck!