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科技报道 - 亚利桑那州立大学学生团队荣获创新杯美国赛区总决赛冠军

This is the VOA Special English Technology Report.


Students from Arizona State University won top honors last week at the Imagine Cup finals in the United States. Microsoft Corporation organizes the yearly competition.


The Imagine Cup asks students to use their imaginations and their love of technology to solve some of the world’s biggest problems. More than one hundred thousand students in the United States alone registered for the event this year. Twenty-two teams were chosen to take part in the finals in Seattle, Washington.


Team FlashFood won first place in the Imagine Cup’s Software Design competition. Eric Lehnhardt is the leader of the team.

FlashFood团队荣获创新杯软件设计大赛第一名。埃里克·宁哈德(Eric Lehnhardt)是该团队的队长。

Eric Lehnhardt: "The idea is this, that there’s a lot of food that goes to waste from hotels, from catered events and from restaurants. And this food is, it’s perishable food, so it’s the kind of food that can’t normally be handled by food recovery organizations like food banks or food pantries.”


Eric Lehnhardt says food insecurity affects a lot of people, especially in large population centers.

注:food insecurity是指吃了上顿没下顿的这样一种处境,没找到合适的对应中文翻译。部分媒体翻译为粮食不安全,但容易引起歧义。

Eric Lehnhardt: “They don’t necessarily know where their next meal is coming from, or that they have to make decisions between paying their bills and whether or not they’re going to eat for a day.”


Team FlashFood created a food recovery solution for families in need to win the Imagine Cup software design competition

The FlashFood team has developed a way to get leftover and unwanted food into the hands of people who need it.


Eric Lehnhardt: “It’s a mobile application and website that makes it possible for restaurant managers to enter information about food that they would like to donate into our network - sending a notification then to a team of volunteer drivers who can go pick up the leftover food and take it into a community where those who are living in food insecurity can receive that donation.”


Richard Filley is director of the Engineering Projects in Community Service program at Arizona State. The FlashFood team is one of the program’s thirty-seven projects. Mr. Filley says winning the Imagine Cup’s Software design category is a major honor. But, he says, it is not what energizes his students.

理查德·费尔雷(Richard Filley)是亚利桑那州立大学社区服务课程的工程项目总监。FlashFood团队是该课程的37个项目之一。费尔雷先生表示,荣获创新杯软件设计类冠军是一个重大荣誉。但他表示,这不是激励他学生的东西。

RICHARD FILLEY: “We have students that want to change the world and make a difference and we’re very serious about that.”


Microsoft is celebrating the tenth year of the Imagine Cup. Mark Hindsbo is a vice president with the company. He says the competition has changed a lot since it first began.

微软正在庆祝创新杯十周年。Mark Hindsbo是该公司副总裁。他说这项大赛自首次举办以来已经改变很多。

MARK HINDSBO: “It was very computer science focused. Almost all of the students had a computer science background. And the projects themselves were very computer science focused.”

MARK HINDSBO说:“这项大赛曾经非常集中于计算机科学,几乎所有参赛学生都有计算机科学背景,参赛项目本身也非常集中于计算机科学。”

Mr. Hindsbo says the students who compete now have different areas of expertise. For example, Team FlashFood had a student who studied biomedical engineering. Another student studied marketing and sustainability. Yet another studied material science and engineering.


MARK HINDSBO: “The projects are much better, much stronger much more exciting as a result because they play off each other’s skills.”

MARK HINDSBO说:“因此这些参赛项目更好,更强更让人兴奋,因为他们以各自技能比拼。”

And that's the VOA Special English Technology Report, written by June Simms. Transcripts, MP3s and podcasts of our reports are at www.voanews.cn. Join us again next week for more on the Imagine Cup competition and this year’s winning teams. I'm Steve Ember.