July 10, 2008

Students Navigate Their Way to Victory ; Two Plymouth Students Who Designed a Computer Display Screen to Enable Motorists to Book a Parking Space Using Their Satellite Navigation Systems Have Won the First Round of a Competition Run By Software Giants Mic

By STUART ABEL Education Reporter

Two Plymouth students who designed a computer display screen to enable motorists to book a parking space using their satellite navigation systems have won the first round of a competition run by software giants Microsoft.

Michael Woodruff, 20, from St Austell, and 19-year-old Martin Hart, from Plymouth, both studying for a foundation degree in software development at City College Plymouth, have triumphed in their section of the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2008.

The victory is a real coup for the pair, as the global competition is mainly aimed at university students and it was the first time the college had entered.

They took the honours in the interface design category and although they did not progress to the World Finals in Paris, they won a top-of-the-range gaming personal computer between them.

Mentor Russell Pitt, a tutor in ICT systems and software engineering, said it was a major achievement for the talented pair and proved that IT talent wasn't just the preserve of higher education institutions.

"We're all extremely proud of Martin and Michael's achievements in winning the UK round of this very prestigious competition", he said.

"There is perhaps a misconception that talented IT students must come from university, but this victory shows that City College Plymouth students have real ability too, and we'll definitely be entering next year."

A second team from the college entered the embedded design award category in the competition.

They were Michael Chappell from Plympton and Matthew Auburn from Ivybridge, both 19 and BTEC National Diploma IT practitioners, and A- level computing students Matthew Bird, 17, from Brixton near Plymouth and Matthew Dowse, 20, from Plympton.

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