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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 - http://bit.ly/azQIPg<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 http://www.dreamspark.com<br />Learning links on http://www.imaginecup.com<br />Free online training IT Academy Suite (via MSDNAA)<br />Imagine Cup guides @ http://www.mis-laboratory.com/Student<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 http://imaginecup.us
  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 http://imaginecup.us
  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 />http://blogs.msdn.com/MIS_Laboratory<br />Imagine Cup US Competition<br />Imagine Cup World Wide Competition<br />Windows Phone 7 Developer Resources<br />Windows Azure Developer Resources<br />Randy.guthrie@microsoft.com<br />
  35. 35. Questions?<br />