May 18, 2011

Two HKU Teams Enter Imagine Cup Semi–Final

Two HKU teams beat 186 teams around the world and enter the Semi–Final of the 2011 Imagine Cup Game Design Competition. Members of these 2 teams are BEng(CS) students currently taking the Computer Game Design and Programming course instructed by Dr Vincent Lau and assisted by Mr. Chim Tat Wing (CS PhD candidate) of the Department of Computer Science.

The Imagine Cup is a technology competition opens to students around the world. The contest spans a year, beginning with local, regional and online contests whose winners go on to attend the global finals held in a different location every year. The objective of the Game Design competition is to create a new game that uses both Microsoft's XNA Game Studio 3.1 or XNA Game Studio 4.0 and Visual C#. The games developed are also required to illustrate the theme of the Imagine Cup – "Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems".

This year, a total of 236 teams (9 from HK and among them 8 are from HKU) participate in the Game Design Competition, and 50 teams (2 from HKU) enter the semi–final. They are:

HKU Team: Gleam
Kwong Lap Man (CS2)
Lam I Fong (CS2)
Lui Ho Kuen (CS2)
Wang Wei-chung (CS2)
Game developed: AidTrade
Video on Youtube:

HKU Team: St. Cow
Yu Chun Hin James (CS2)
Wong Mei Wa (CS2)
Chan Euky (CS2)
Liu Kam Lung Max (CS2)
Game developed: St. Cow
Video on Youtube:

Some statistics on Game Design contestants entering semi–final:
• 9 teams from HK and 3 enter semi–final
• 13 teams from China and 2 enter semi–final
• 2, 9, 4 and 11 teams from Taiwan, India, Japan and Singapore respectively, and none enters semi–final.