I just read an IT Web article on the SA entrants to the Imagine Cup. For those who don’t know, Microsoft South Africa has run Project Firefly for a number of years… Its basically a software development competition amongst SA Academic institutions. The Imagine Cup started after Firefly and is an international “version” of the competition.
I was fortunate to meet the guys from PE who are going to Japan this week for the international competition. Their system looks amazing! I had no idea that people at varsity had the ability to write such cool and useful software in .Net. Their IDS (Intrusion Detection System) is damn awesome in what it does, and they’ve done some amazing work on it. I know its not from some big name that we can all trust, but after hearing them talk and seeing a demo of some of their project I seriously think they have a winning product. If I was a system admin I’d seriously want some of their features on any IDS I bought for my company.
Imagine sitting at home on a weekend, and getting a message on your iMate phone or other Pocket PC based phone to tell you that a user’s PC is being used to hack your network. For most people that would be good enough, but in this case it goes further. Rather than having to get to a PC or rush into work, you can quickly and easily disable their account, shut down their pc, etc, right from your phone. Just push a few buttons and get back to watching the game/braai/beer/etc. No stress, no hassle, network intrusion averted. This example is just one of the many super cool things that their system does!
Aparently they have only got 15 minutes to present their project in the first round, and 10 minutes in the 2nd round (excluding a 5 minute demo). I have no idea how they’ll get that right because they could spend hours talking about all the features they have. Aparently they built most of their UI controls themselves, so their UI is really cool and was made locally!
Needless to say I’m VERY impressed and I hope they get the top spot in the competition!