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Imagine Cup 2011

Microsoft Imagine Cup information for 2011

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Imagine Cup 2011

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