Exeter students discover they've won first place in the Imagine Cup.

Exeter students win global Microsoft competition

Four University of Exeter students have won the Microsoft Imagine Cup World Innovation Competition, which aims to find the best app developing talent worldwide.

The students were the only British team taking part in the Russian hosted finals, after winning the UK heat.

The winning mobile phone application the students devised is called SoundSYNK, which creates impromptu social networks that allow people to stream music simultaneously through a group of phones, effectively creating a symphony of speakers.

Almost 90 student teams from over 70 countries competed in the Microsoft Imagine Cup finals after winning local and online competitions around the world. The winning projects were announced for the three major competition categories – Innovation, Games and World Citizenship.

The team won the top prize of US$50,000 for the Innovation category and flew to Atlanta, USA to present at the Microsoft annual conference. They are now planning to launch the app, alongside a new way of sharing content later this year under their business Colinked.

“We’re so happy, we can’t quite believe we’ve won! It’s been a whirlwind journey for us having only come up with the concept a few months ago,” says SoundSYNK co-founder Edward Noel. “We’ll be celebrating but then it’s straight back to business, getting the app ready for launch as Colinked's first product.”

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