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July 12, 2011: ACM CEO John White on Finding Tomorrow's Tech Superstars at Imagine Cup

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Arizona State's Team Note-Taker, led by ACM member John Black, Featured in Video

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


ACM CEO John White thinks young people are good at coming up with creative solutions to real problems. "Competitions like the 2011 Microsoft Imagine Cup offer a window into the world of computing and its power to address the planet's toughest problems," said White in an interview to highlight the Imagine Cup finals July 8-13 in New York. The event challenges students to build life-changing projects that can transform the world. It also raises the visibility of computing as a driver of innovation beyond the technology industry.

"The ubiquity of computing technology means that the more kids who get familiar with the fundamentals of computing, the more kids we can get involved in using technology in creative ways to do things we can't figure out how to do on our own," said White. He noted that the winning participants in these contests, which include 350,000 registrants from 183 countries, are seen as superstars who are highly recruited for internships and positions at major computing companies.

Among the 2011 finalists is Team Note-Taker led by ACM Professional Member John Black of Arizona State University. The team, which appears in a video produced by Microsoft, developed Note-Taker, an assistive technology to help low-vision and legally blind students take notes in their secondary and post-secondary classrooms as quickly (and with the same ease) as their fully-sighted peers. (Enter password goodmsft to watch the video.)