A team of engineering students from Auckland University has taken third place in the software design category of the 2010 Microsoft Imagine Cup competition, which encourages the use of technology to help solve important global problems.
Team One Beep - made up of Vinny Kumar, Chanyeol Yoo, Kayo Lakadia and Steve Ward - competed against teams of students from more than 100 countries.
Their project used software to convert educational data to an audio file to be sent to laptops included in the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) programme, via AM/FM radios. Once received, the file is converted back to its original form for viewing by children and teachers.
"The most exciting thing though is that the recognition our project will gain will help us make a bigger difference in people’s lives,” says Kumar, the team leader.
The team will continue to develop the software as it hopes to bring it to market, and is also working with Oxfam, OLPC and governments.