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April, 2010

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    Windows Phone 7 Rockstar Award

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    If you have been reading my blog (or following on Twitter @AlfredTwo) you have been reading about the US Imagine Cup finals. Hopefully you have found some interesting things and maybe becoming interested in getting involved if you are a student or presenting the idea to your students. If so I want you to know that there are some events in the worldwide Imagine Cup that are still open to entries. One of the events that excites me the most is the Windows Phone 7 Rockstar Award.

     

    rockstar To win the Windows Phone 7 “Rockstar” Award, your team is challenged to create a Windows Phone 7 application (app) in either Silverlight or XNA Game Studio.  This app needs to be designed with the consumer in mind and should be as visually compelling as possible. Be prepared to demonstrate your team’s app entry running on an actual Windows Phone 7 device or in an emulator. Mobile applications are “all the” buzz today. Windows Phone 7 is a revolutionary new platform and you have the opportunity to be a part of it. This is your chance to think of something that is truly outside the box and be one of the first developers, ever, to be building apps for Windows Phone 7.  Create an app that people will love having on their Windows Phone.

     

    This is your chance to think of something that is truly outside the box and be one of the first developers, ever, to be building apps for Windows Phone 7. Create an application for Windows Phone 7 in Silverlight or XNA by May 24th.

    First Prize

    • $8,000
    • Trip to the Worldwide Finals in Warsaw, Poland
    • A Windows Phone for each team member

    Second Prize

    • $4,000
    • A Windows Phone for each team member

    Third Prize

    • $3,000
    • A Windows Phone for each team member

    Read the complete Rules and Regulations for this award. Go to http://imaginecup.com/Competition/mycompetitionportal.aspx?competitionId=47  for more information.



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    Finalists for the US Imagine Cup 2010

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    Don’t forget that the community showcase is Monday 26 April 2010 at the Newseum. Special guests and speakers include James Cameron (Avatar and Titanic), Karen Cator, Direction of Educational Technology at the US Dept of Education Anthony Salcito, Microsoft VP of Education worldwide, and Craig Mundie, Microsoft Chief Research and Strategy Officer.

    Now for the other news, Microsoft just announced the four finalists for the Software Design and Game Design competitions for the US Imagine Cup finals. The finalists in no particular order are:

    Software Design Teams

    • Extraplaid, Utah State University
    • MangoBunnies, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, DePauw University
    • Mobilife, University of California, Davis
    • Team Blob, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

    Game Teams

    • Coffee Powered Altruism, Yale University
    • Ifrit Salsa, University of Houston
    • LeveL 13, University of Houston
    • To Be Announced, Central Piedmont Community College

    All of the teams, there were 10 in each category, will be demonstrating their projects at the Newseum during the Imagine Cup Community Showcase tomorrow. The four finalists in each category will be presenting in front of a new set of judges during the morning. The winners will be announced tomorrow afternoon. See all the news here as it happens.

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    Full Day One for US Imagine Cup Finals

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    At 8AM this morning, judging for the US Imagine Cup finals began. Ten software design and ten game design teams each had 50 minutes to “Wow!” the judges with their presentations and demonstrations of their projects. By 12:30 it was all over but the judges decision meetings. Results Sunday late afternoon. The afternoon was tours of Washington DC. Some by trolley, some by Segway and some groups visited either the Spy Museum or the Air & Space museum. Dinner and games at ESPN Zone capped off the day.

    There were four groups of judges – two each for SDI (Software development invitational) and game development. Each team had a few minutes for setup and then 20 minutes for a formal demo and presentation. This was followed by questions from the panel of judges. Lots of questions. Following the presentations some of the teams were interviewed for both video and print media. Other teams took part in focus groups. Others just hunted down food and a quiet corner to unwind.

    After lunch was some social time. One group went on a Segway tour of Washington. I travelled with a good sized group of competitors on a “Trolley” tour with stops at the Jefferson, Lincoln and Marine Corp memorials. Near the Lincoln memorial is also the Vietnam and Korean war memorials. Korean military officers were leaving a wreath at the Korean War memorial which was moving. The war memorials also had a large group of World War II veterans visiting. I didn’t quite have enough time to visit the World War II memorial but the Vietnam and Korea memorials were emotional for me in part because of all the veterans who were also visiting.

    The night finished up with dinner, socializing and video games at ESPN Sports Zone. Everyone seemed tired but happy. Tomorrow we’ll be running a number of what would best be described as training sessions. Personally I am looking forward to the Natal presentation among others. The top four teams in game and SDI will be announced around 4:30 PM tomorrow. I’ll have those team names here once they are official.

    BTW Microsoft Press pass has the story with pictures at http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/Features/2010/apr10/04-24ICday2wrapup.mspx?rss_fdn=Top%20Stories

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