The 2007 installment of Microsoft’s premiere student technology competition, the Imagine Cup (check out the ad @ YouTube), will be drawing to a close later this year in August when finalists for the Software Design invitational congregate in Seoul, South Korea to determine who will take home the Cup.
The team representing Pakistan this year in the Software Design category hails from LUMS. The 4 man Team AVRiL’s (Automated Video Recording of Lectures) project is about “promoting distance learning programs by reducing the cost of recording lecture videos by removing the human element from the process”. (team profile)
Check out their promo on YouTube:
They’re up against 55 other finalists in the Software Design invitational, so they’ve got their work cut out. Last I talked to one of the team members, they were working on adding the final bells and whistles, as the main core is mostly complete. I’ve had the opportunity of working with a couple of these guys in the past at LUMS; with Yahya during the CodinGuru 2006 and a couple of courses and met Tayyab during Softech ’06, and I think they’re the best bunch from the 2007 batch at LUMS to be representing Pakistan at the Finals.
I wonder if they’ve got bigger plans for their project after the Imagine Cup. It would be great if they work with LUMS on a customized solution for the campus. During my Senior year at LUMS, I had a course that was having its classes recorded, and having an automated system would be a lot better (and cheaper). Maybe LUMS could provide lecture videos and course material at subsidized rates (or free) to online users (something along the lines of OCW) or provide this material to other schools and colleges for people who can’t afford that quality of education, or maybe strike a partnership with VU or AIOU. I hope team AVRiL can shed some light on their plans.
Good luck for the Finals guys!!