ACM Statement on Significance of Microsoft Imagine Cup 2011 Competition
Below is a statement from ACM CEO John R. White on the importance of computing competitions in advance of the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2011 Finals Results to be announced July 13.
The Association for Computing Machinery
Advancing Computing as a Science & Profession
For Immediate Release
July 11, 2011
“Competitions like the Microsoft Imagine Cup offer a window into the world of computing and its power to address the planet’s toughest problems. This event highlights the excitement of developing creative technology-based solutions that change the way we work and live. It also raises the visibility of computing as a driver of innovation beyond the technology industry.
“As the world embraces innovations that transform our interaction with information systems, students who are learning computing fundamentals can pursue productive careers in many industries. These positions often rely on collaborative, creative, mission-driven skills that appeal to a broad range of people.
“In fact, an additional advantage of competitions like the Imagine Cup is their ability to draw young women to the computing field. This trend helps to address the gender disparity that continues to exist among students in technology, and to provide a steady pipeline of skilled graduates for the growing career opportunities in this sector of the economy.”
ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery www.acm.org, is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting computing educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field’s challenges. ACM strengthens the computing profession’s collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking.