On July 10, 2012, in Sydney, Australia, announced as the first place winner of Microsoft Imagine Cup 2012 in Game Design (Windows/XNA) was the TANG THAI team, consisting of four students from the Faculty of ICT, Mahidol University, namely – Mr. Chanakarn Chinchatchawal, Mr. Panawut Poungsin, Mr. Krittinun Sirodom, and Mr. Sirisak nakaviwat, with Dr. Srisupa Palakvansa Na Ayudhya as their project advisor. Their project named “Verdant Fantasy” is a real-time strategy game developed to raise awareness towards deforestation and forest preservation. Players have to follow the 3P concept (Protect, Plant, Plan) to complete missions. The TANG THAI team was selected from among 400 teams worldwide to be one of the ten to attend the Worldwide Finals in Sydney, Australia where they advanced to the next round as one of the five finalists in Game Design category. In the competition, the game made an interesting answer to the question on how to use technology to solve the toughest problems of the world.
Likewise, “Junk Master” of the Jub Jub team from the same faculty was also awarded the first runner-up in the same category in the same competition previously held in New York, USA. The team advanced to the finals for two consecutive years and made it at their second attempt.
Date : July 13, 2012