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Innovation of Ashley Myers '10 Noted in Congressional Newspaper

April 29, 2010

The Hill paperlg.jpgApril 29, 2010, Greencastle, Ind. — "America is at a crossroads," writes Fred Humphries in The Hill. "We are slowly recovering from one of the worst economic crises in our history, and our future prosperity will be determined not by heavy manufacturing but by heavy innovation," adds Humphries, managing director of federal government affairs for Microsoft. 

In an op-ed in the congressional newspaper, he declares, "We at Microsoft are committed to supporting future innovation.  This week, we hosted the eighth annual Imagine Cup U.S. Finals here in Washington, D.C.  The Imagine Cup encourages young people to develop technologies to help achieve the United Nation’s eight Millennium Development Goals, ranging from halving extreme poverty to providing universal primary education. For example, the projects include: Technological solutions such as a mobile and Web message alert system, developed by a team of women from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and DePauw University, to inform users when they are in a neighborhood that is a scene of a recent assault and the location of that assault."

MangoBunnies 2010.jpgHumphries adds, "The Imagine Cup is not just about giving opportunities to American students, it is about finding good ideas that can change the world ... We are proud of this competition and the teams that collaborated on it – but it will take more to create a culture that rewards education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics." (at right: "MangoBunnies" Malisa Vongskul, Erin "Ed" Donahue '09 -- who served as a mentor to the team this year -- and Ashley Myers '10)

The complete column, "Prepare today for jobs of tomorrow," by clicking here.

DePauw senior Ashley Myers was a member of "Team MangoBunnies," which created the project noted above and finished as first runner-up in the U.S. Imagine Cup competition.  Read more in this article posted Monday.

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