Three British students are off to Brazil this weekend after being chosen to represent their country in the Imagine Cup, a global student programming challenge.
After a coding challenge lasting three days and nights Ali Gardezi (University of Sheffield), Andrew Grieve (University of Aberdeen) and Mat Steeples (University of Hull) beat off competition from 5,000 other programmers to win selection.
The trio designed the University Leisure and Lifestyle Manager (ULL), a location-based university information application that could be used on mobile devices.
"To be able to go to Brazil and meet other student developers from around the world is just amazing," said Steeples. "The UK finals were really tough so Andrew, Ali and I are going to have to pull out all the stops in Brazil."
The Brazilian final will see students from around the world competing for a $25,000 grand prize. The trio have already won an Xbox and Microsoft software for winning the UK stage, which was sponsored by Microsoft.
The worldwide coding finals will be held this weekend in São Paulo, Brazil.
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