Avisami Director up for prestigious IT Award

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LONDON, England - A-Marie Imafidon, one of the youngest ever computer and Mathematics Masters degree graduate from Oxford University will be honoured tonight in London for her ground breaking research in Computer program design. Anne-Marie is the eldest sister in the cerebral and record-breaking Imafidon family and is herself a world record holder in Computing, as the youngest to pass A-Level Computing at the tender age of 11, was selected as a finalist for this year's prestigious UK IT industry awards.

Her pioneering research was conducted as part of her degree research project. In the project she applied unique user requirements principles to ophthalmology for the first time ever. A-Marie is widely believed to be Oxford University's youngest Maths and Computer Science Graduate has also served on the Oxford Univeristy Committee alongside members who are old enough to be her grandfather.

In her spare time, at the weekend, she actively supports and volunteers in inner-city initiatives and projects, one of which is the Excellence in Education Programme, a non-for-profit alliance of charities, churches, schools and corporations who support the academic pursuits of disadvantaged students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Due to her immaculate academic record, and her outstanding achievements she has had numerous offers from blue-chip companies
resulting in a bidding war between leading financial institutions such as Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs.

A-Marie has reached the final in the Business Analyst of the Year Category of the prestigious British Computer Society (BCS) & Computing UK's annual IT Industry Awards which was won last year by the famous internet pioneer, Tim Berners-Lee.

A-Marie has been recognised before and received the BBC academic award in 2006, and Microsoft Award for ICT. However, tonight's award is for her revolutionary work in realm of Ophthalmological informatics. She is the first BCS finalist to combine ICT with Ophthalmology in a unique way creating a new and innovative software to artificially clean lenses that has been piloted in Dollond and Aitchison stores Nationwide.

This research was one of her Masters Projects in the Requirements Engineering element of her Maths and Computer Science degree at Oxford University. This has earnt her a place in the final ten in the Business Analyst of the Year category.

A-Marie is "very delighted" to have been chosen as a finalist, and commented "I received some of the highest marks from my degree for this project, but I never thought it would get this level of recognition. It was a big surprise! I'm really grateful to Marina Jirotka who led the course for all her help and guidance."

The UK IT Industry Awards are a benchmark for excellence throughout the computer industry. The Awards focus on the contribution of
individuals, projects, organisations and technologies that have excelled in the use, development and deployment of IT in the past 12 months.

A-Marie may be announced as winner tonight, Thursday 11th November at an Award Ceremony being held at Battersea Park Events Arena, London. Robin Booth, Publishing Director of Computing said: “I would like to add my congratulations to the finalists. The UK IT Industry Awards are rigorously judged and to be announced as a finalist is a great achievement."

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