Best Slides Ever: Thai student won Microsoft’s PowerPoint championship

Pattarapong Tantikowit, an 18-year-old Thai student, was named the “Best in the World at PowerPoint 2016” at the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship hosted in the U.S. last week.

Pattarapong, a computer science student at Rangsit University, took home USD7,000 (THB232,000) in cash and lifetime bragging rights for having created the world’s best slides in Microsoft’s eyes.

“I was very excited and scared at the same time that I wouldn’t receive any award. But when they announced that I won, I was so proud. I got to wave the Thai flag on stage!” Pattarapong said in Thai.

Another Thai student, Sarawut Khamset, won second place for Excel 2016 and received a USD3,500 cash prize (THB116,000).

The three-day-long competition, held in Anaheim, California, attracted more than 157 candidates worldwide to demonstrate their superior skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

In the final round, competitors participated in unique project-based tests to demonstrate their ability to create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations for the information presented in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

The award ceremony was held in Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. How cool is that?

The contest was held by Certiport, a provider of certification exam development, and endorsed by Microsoft.

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