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Imagine Cup 2011


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Microsoft Imagine Cup information for 2011

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    • 1. US Competitor OverviewBradley K. Jensen, Ph.D. – Senior Academic Relationship Manager
    • 2. Agenda
      What is the Imagine Cup?
      Why should I compete?
      What is the commitment?
      What if I don’t know a required technology?
      Mentors and sponsors
      Competition schedule
      Best practices
    • 3. What is the Imagine Cup?
    • 4. Microsoft Imagine Cup 2011
      International Computer technology competition
      Five competitions & six special awards
      Students enrolled in accredited academic institutions
      Teams from 1 – 4 students + mentor + sponsor
      Mentor get travel paid to US/World finals
      Theme: “Imagine a World where Technology helps Solves the Worlds Toughest Problems
      Heath, education, environment, hunger, equality, etc.
    • 5. Competitions
      Challenges (tbd)
      Envisioning 2020
      Software Design
      Game Design
      Next Gen Web
      XNA Windows/XBOX
      Mobile Zune/WP7
      IE 9
      Web (Silverlight)
      IT Challenge
    • 6. Why Should You Compete?
    • 7. Reasons to compete
      Substitute for live client in Senior Capstone course
      External feedback
      Contest participation big resume differentiator
      Competition provides broad learning opportunity
      Presentation skills, business partnership, entrepreneurship
      Finalists get huge career boost
      PR, exposure to recruiters, start-up funding
      $$, travel, more PR, professional connections
      Save the world
    • 8. Imagine Cup 2010 PR Results Topline
      US Finals Results
      WW Finals Results
      BillGates: Imagine Cup, one of my favorite student programming events - regional finals today on way to world finals in Poland -
      “Play to Learn – Microsoft hopes to change how kids use computers”
    • 9. What is the commitment?
      Business plan
      Software / hardware invention development
      Presentation video
      Travel time to US/World finals (paid by Microsoft)
    • 10. How do I learn Microsoft’s tech?
    • 11. Free Microsoft Resources
      Free software from MSDNAA (via your school)
      Free software via
      Learning links on
      Free online training IT Academy Suite (via MSDNAA)
      Imagine Cup guides @
      Live on-campus workshops by Microsoft
    • 12. Mentor & Sponsors
    • 13. Mentors and Sponsors
      Typically a faculty member
      Provides guidance and support to the student team
      Can contribute in any way that could result in a valid IP claim on the team’s project
      Leverages campus resources to help the team
      Typically someone from local industry
      Provides domain expertise
      Technical expertise
      Knowledge of the problem space
      May provide other resources
      Hardware, funding,
      Cannot contribute to the project in a way that could create a claim against the project IP
    • 14. Key Dates
    • 15. IC Key Dates
    • 16. Finalist Ideas from the past couple years
      Touch smart board app that is easy for teachers to create learning content
      System the collect air samples and reports quality on a map
      Facebook app that enables people to give microcredit loans
      Mobile phone eye exam app & hardware mod
      Crime reporting app using GPS and map software
    • 17. Finalist Ideas from the past couple years
      Spelling game that teaches words in other languages
      Vaccination info database and id device
      Automobile text message disabling device
      Tablet PC app & camera to help partially-sighted students
      Software system to help autistic children enjoy road trips
      Blog & Web news agent that can monitor changes in sentiment on a given subjecct
    • 18. Best Practices?
    • 19. Best Practices
      • Multi-Disciplinary Teams
      • 20. Art/ User Interface Design / Video Production
      • 21. Business Plan / Marketing / Spokesperson
      • 22. Technical
      • 23. Technical
      • 24. Register & submit drafts early
      • 25. Video should be very-high quality (its how project get judged)
      • 26. External review of content
      • 27. Mentor, sponsor, mock judging panel
    • Actions to Take ASAP
      • Talk to your friends; form a tentative team (you can change team members later)
      • 28. Create a team name you don’t mind being used by the press
      • 29. Have each member individually-register on
      • 30. Please use real first/last names; makes sure the school name and state is accurate, and you enter an e-mail that you check frequently
      • 31. Have your team “captain” create the team and invite the others
      • 32. Select a mentor; ask them to register on
      • 33. Invite the mentor to join your team (mentors can join more than one team)
      • 34. Rough out your business plan and submit it ASAP to the Round 1 to test everythingyou can always resubmit to guarantee participation in Round 2
    • Resources
      Imagine Cup US Competition
      Imagine Cup World Wide Competition
      Windows Phone 7 Developer Resources
      Windows Azure Developer Resources
    • 35. Questions?