Today after keynote presentations by James Cameron (who praised Microsoft Research for helping them create a digital asset management system that made Avatar possible), Craig Mundie, Microsoft Chief Research and Strategy Officer, and Karen Cator, Direction of Educational Technology at the US Dept of Education the winners of the US Imagine Cup Software Design and Game Development competitions. And the winners are:

Software Design Teams

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

Game Teams

  • Grand Prize:   To Be Announced, Central Piedmont Community College & U North Carolina
  • First Prize:      Coffee Powered Altruism, Yale University
  • Second Prize:  Ifrit Salsa, University of Houston
  • Third Prize:     LeveL 13, University of Houston

There were a number of additional achievement awards given as well.

  • Mobile Award: LifeCode, Wayne State University
  • Windows Azure Award: MedRX, University of Arkansas Little Rock
  • Bliink Web Design (HS): Technology Center of DuPage and Glenbard East HS
  • People’s Choice Award: Coders Inc, Illinois Institute of Technology and Georgia Tech

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.