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WESC .. And the Winner is .. Romania

June 27, 2006

Images from the event are at:


The winning team is: Team 44Tech

Their project is: Forrest Watcher






Congratulations to them.


There report is at :


In summary it is a system to monitor a forrest ysuing a sensor network to log illegal forrest logging and for forrest fires.


Their presentation was very professional.


WESC Waiting for overall results

June 24, 2006
Windows Embedded Student Challege (at Redmond WA) Day one is over.
We didn’t make day two of the finals.
The RMIT students presented well.
The demos all worked.
Turned out our main opposition was from Georgia Tech who also had a Green House project.
Their project addressed the issue of modeling power usage which the RMIT team got hammered on by the judges.
Day two presentations have just completed and we await the the final results.
The project I liked most was a Scarecrow that scares away birds from fish farms in Florida using water sprays and sound blasts.

At Windows EmbeddedStudent Challenge

June 23, 2006
The competition finals are well underway.
I found a bar to watch the soccer yesterday. Now Go Aussies against Italy.
We had the introductory dinner last night, then back to the hotel for a late night going back over the content and presentations.  Bill didn’t speak to the students this year (he did last year).
The team presented well despite being first up.
They have there demo session in about 20 minutes.
There is a wide variety of projects.
My friend from Gergia Tech’s team have a very similar project, a green house too!
The quality is generally better this year, but some projects seem a littl eoff the mark.
Some seem to have only a token use of the eBox II ( there is a requirement that they use it).
There are projects such a scarecrow that has had international interest.
Locust detector.
Personal  fire alarm system
Mine shaft air quality system
Water quality system with alternative routing of dclean water.
We mentors get to vote so we have to review all projects.
The best judged teams  and 1 teams voted best by mentors will be selected later today to participate tomorrow.

Windows Embedded Student Challenge

June 20, 2006
We are off to Seattle in a couple of hours.
Maggie got her Visa at the last moment.
PS If you ever need a US Visa allow weeks, not a week.
(OS Students studying in Australia need a visa to travel to US.)
We had a good talk with RMIT Media today.
Students are still ahving some some troubles with ASP on CE
They found a video on it
Our last year’s winners actually "cracked the code" aith ASP.CE
This area lacks documetation.
We need some good how to’s on this.
Cheers, next report from Seattle.

WESC: Windows Embedde Student Challenge

June 17, 2006
As per one of previous blogs, we are off to Redmond on Wednesday for the Microsoft Windows Embedded Student Challenge finals.
– We won it last year with the Evergreen Watering System.
– 200 Student teams iinternationally.
– 30 selected for finals.
– RMIT had 5 teams entered, one has made the finals
– The team’s trip is fully funded by Microsoft; I get to go too as mentor
Team Haxor, RMIT  project is Green House
Julian, Nicholas, Maggy and Shobhit   are busy puting finishing touches to their project
Maggy and Nichloas were having some visa problems.
Nichloas has his, we hope Maggy gets hers.
We travel via LA on Wednesday.
-Dinner is on Thursday (last year Bill did an impromptu talk)
-Friday the teams (30) all set up as a "trade fair" and each do an individual presentation to one of 4 teams of judges.  Nine teams are selected for the next day Plus:  We mentors also visit the displays and vote on one team for the  final day.
– On Saturday the 10 teams selected do a semi public presentation, each in turn.
  Winners are announced and then its off for a boat cruise. 
Given that in teh US drink gae is 21 and most students are just under 21 all sessions are "dry".