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Infragistics Mentors Microsoft Imagine Cup 2013 Team; Team Vertigo with "Driving M8" Project Wins Bulgaria Competition

Next Stop: Imagine Cup 2013 Worldwide Finals in Russia

CRANBURY, N.J. and UXBRIDGE, England, April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Infragistics, a leading user experience and software design company, today announced its mentorship of "Team Vertigo", a Microsoft Imagine Cup 2013 team. As a mentor, Infragistics' Mihail Trifonov, based in Sofia, Bulgaria, provided the four-person student team with business and development guidance on its Drive Mate project, a phone app aimed at lowering fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.    

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Competing in multiple local rounds, Team Vertigo won the Bulgarian national competition and heads to the Worldwide Finals in St. Petersburg, Russia, July 8 – 11, 2013. The team is entered into the World Citizenship category which honors software applications with the greatest potential to make a positive contribution to the betterment of humanity.

"Team Vertigo is comprised of an incredible group of student developers who seek to impact the world through technology," said Dean Guida, CEO of Infragistics. "Mentoring these students is both a privilege and an opportunity for Infragistics to give back to our community. Through Imagine Cup, we can impart our knowledge and insight to students who are eager to develop and test new skills in a challenging and competitive environment."

The Driving Mate app is targeted at the millions of car owners who lack the necessary information or motivation to drive efficiently. Driving M8 encourages eco driving; the app's engine performance and gear shifting data collection and analysis features help drivers to better manage their fuel consumption, which in turn leads to reduced gas bills for the driver and reduced harmful emissions for the atmosphere. Connected to a cloud platform, the app encourages drivers to share efficiency achievements and compare notes with other app users.

"Imagine Cup is the beginning of a lifelong journey for a young entrepreneur, inventor, designer, developer or innovator," said John Scott Tynes, Imagine Cup competition strategy and development manager. "With the evolution of Imagine Cup, we're further inspiring students from all academic backgrounds to collaborate on applications and seize opportunities post-Imagine Cup to polish their applications, gain the support they need to bring their technology to market, and fully realize their potential to impact their local communities and the world."

"We congratulate Team Vertigo on their country win and wish them the best of luck in the Worldwide Finals," added Guida.

About Infragistics
As the design and user experience software company and a world leader in user interface (UI) development tools, Infragistics empowers developers to build and style immersive user experiences and rich data visualization in line of business applications across all platforms - HTML5/jQuery, iOS, Android, WinRT, ASP.NET, Silverlight, WPF, Windows Forms, Windows Phone, LightSwitch and SharePoint. Infragistics business solutions ReportPlus, the first self-service mobile business intelligence app and SharePlus, the universal mobile interface to SharePoint, are used by almost 1,000,000 professionals in enterprise and small to medium size businesses. Infragistics also has a range of value-added products and services including UI testing tools, support and user experience and software development Professional Services. For additional information on Infragistics, products and career opportunities, please call us in the U.S. at +1 (800) 231-8588; in Europe, the Middle East, or Africa (EMEA) at +44 (0) 800 298 9055; in Japan at +81 (3) 5474 8034; or in APAC at +61 (3) 9982 4545.

About Microsoft Imagine Cup
This is the 11th year of Imagine Cup, part of Microsoft YouthSpark, which will be celebrated at the Worldwide Finals in St. Petersburg, Russia, July 8–11. Students ages 16 and older are eligible to register and compete in Imagine Cup by visiting http://www.imaginecup.com. A full list of competition categories is available at http://imaginecup.com/main/compete. Microsoft YouthSpark is a global initiative that aims to create opportunities for 300 million youth in more than 100 countries during the next three years. This companywide initiative includes Citizenship and other company programs — both new and enhanced — that empower youth to imagine and realize their full potential by connecting them with greater opportunities for education, employment and entrepreneurship. Find out more at http://www.microsoft.com/youthspark.

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