UH Hilo Team Hoku honored at Hawaiʻi State Capitol

The computer science students were honored for winning the games category of the 2015 Microsoft Imagine Cup Pitch Video Challenge.

Group photo taken with Hawaii Delegation.
UH Hilo’s Team Hoku is honored by Hawaiʻi Island legislators at the State Capitol. Front row (l-r) Rep. Nicole Lowen; Team Hoku Brian Hall, Casey Pearring, Theodore DeRego, and Adviser Harry Keith Edwards; Rep. Richard Creagan. Back row (l-r) Rep. Cindy Evans, Rep. Clift Tsuji, Rep. Mark Nakashima, Rep. Richard Onishi, Rep. Joy San Buenaventura. Courtesy photo from Rep. Tsuji.

University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo’s Team Hoku was honored at the Hawaiʻi State Capitol recently for their victory in the games category of the 2015 Microsoft Imagine Cup Pitch Video Challenge.

Team members Lucas DeRego, Theodore DeRego, Brian Hall and Casey Pearring were presented with a congratulatory certificate by House representatives on April 1. Members were accompanied by faculty member Harry Keith Edwards.

The Microsoft Imagine Cup Competition is recognized as the premier global student technology competition. Team Hoku created reForge, online scifi sandbox game where players command highly customizable ships in tactical battles. Players collect resources, trade in a player-driven economy, and team up to competitively control various parts of the game universe.

The House resolution honoring the team was authored by Hawaii Island representatives Clift Tsuji, Mark Nakashima, Richard Onishi, and Joy San Buenaventura.

From Clift Tsuji’s website:

It was an honor to sponsor a House Floor Presentation on April 1 to congratulate Team Hoku from the University Hawaii at Hilo for their win in the 2015 Microsoft Imagine Cup Pitch Video Challenge – Games category.

The Microsoft Imagine Cup Competition is recognized as the premier global student technology competition where competitors are challenged to use technology to help solve tough problems, and the Pitch Video Challenge gives students a chance to pitch a project in a video, tell the story of their project, share their team goals and timelines, and explain what the overall effect would be.

Congratulations to team members BRIAN HALL, THEODORE DEREGO, LUCAS DEREGO, and CASEY PEARRING. Associate Professor KEITH EDWARDS assisted Team Hoku as their faculty member, and students KRISTIN PEDERSON and KELLI YAMANE also supported the team by working on documentation aspects of the game. My colleagues were very impressed with their achievements!

-UH Hilo Stories

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