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I talked about these new Imagine Cup events briefly on my links post on Monday but I wanted to pull them out and highlight them on their own today. The following is from the latest Imagine Cup Insider email that goes to people signed up to compete. There are many ways to compete in the Imagine Cup. These are great opportunities for students to really show what they know and what they can do.
Not an Imagine Cup competitor yet? Take a look at these 3 new chances to learn new skills, meet new friends and quite possibly change the world. Plus you can win cash, prizes or a trip to the Worldwide Finals in New York!
We have added 1 more exciting competition to the line-up – Windows Phone 7. It’s all about originality, appeal and being unique. Be one of the first developers – ever – to build a XAP Application for the revolutionary Windows Phone 7 platform. Create an XAP Application the world cannot wait to get their hands on. Your Team’s XAP Application needs to scream originality, have major consumer XAP appeal and integrate unique mobile-oriented features. So… what are you waiting for? Develop a Windows Phone 7 application that people will love having on their phone today! For the complete rules and regulations visit the Windows Phone 7 competition and while you’re at it sign up and start competing today! Already signed up for a competition but you still want to do more to help solve the worlds’ toughest problems? Sign up to compete in a Challenge. Challenges are cool because they offer two different ways to compete - either incorporate the Challenge requirements into your current Imagine Cup project or build the Challenge solution from scratch.
Interoperability Challenge - Think outside-of-the box. Are you ready to take on this Challenge? It’s about building technical bridges and blending out-of-the-box Microsoft technologies with other technologies to create applications that connect people, data and diverse systems in new ways. Use it all, including free and open source software. Bring it all together in one groundbreaking application. Don’t be the last one of your friends to sign up for this Challenge! For the complete rules and regulations visit the Interoperability Challenge.
Orchard Challenge - Grow your developer skills. Change the world, one website at a time. Innovate and be the first to define an indispensible module that everyone needs! Orchard is an up-and-coming open source CMS platform based on ASP.NET MVC that is designed from the ground up to support modular extensibility. A module can add new features to an Orchard-based website – for example, a shopping cart and checkout system, a media gallery, maps/geolocation, or social interactivity. Orchard users will be able to easily discover and download your extension in the online gallery and incorporate it into their own sites. Not only will you be the first to use this new CMS platform, you might just see your module used on websites around the world! Pick your smartest friends and start competing today. For the complete rules and regulations visit the Orchard Challenge.
Computer Science Education week is December 5-11, 2010 this year. ACM and the chair of CSed Week steering committer are asking people to sign up and pledge to support CSed Week. I understand that a new CSed Week web site “will be rolling out on November 29, and will encourage students, teachers, industry, and university folks to pledge to engage in some activity to promote computer science education.”
Join with teachers, students, parents and others who are participating in CSEdWeek activities and events. Sign the pledge now to support CSEdWeek activates and events.
Pledge here: <www.computinginthecore.org> and list what you are doing to participate in Computer Science Education Week.
Turn Your Ideas Into Action!
Imagine a world where global Inter-Governmental Organizations (IGO’s), Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) and non-profits partner with brilliant and passionate student developers - like you - to solve some of the world’s toughest problems. We are launching a new program called Imagine Cup Solve This where you can to do just that!
Through the Imagine Cup Solve This program, you can work on real-world problems submitted by IGOs, NGOs and non-profits as part of your Imagine Cup Competition or Challenge. This marketplace of real-world problems will grow over time as more IGOs, NGOs and non-profits get involved, but you can search through a library of Imagine Cup Solve This problems today on Imaginecup.com to find the issues that matter most to you. Then put your ideas into action as you create solutions that have potential to change the world in Core Competitions including: Software Design, Embedded Development, Game Design, Digital Media, Windows Phone 7 and the Challenges.
Need an idea for your Imagine Cup entry? Looking to work on a project that may have real-world impact? Or maybe you’ve already started your Imagine Cup project and you want to see how it might impact a specific problem from an IGO, NGO or non-profit? Check out the Imagine Cup Solve This Library today.
The Imagine Cup Solve This connects ideas to problems so everybody wins.
Learning Center & Student Resources
Need more resources to help you with your Imagine Cup project? Visit the Learning Center & Student Resources page for trainings, free ebooks, seminars, tools and more. New resources are added all of the time so check back often for the latest information. Recently added resources include:
Windows 7 Touch Challenge launches on 30 November!
The Window 7 Touch technology was developed to help people use their computer in a more natural, accessible, and interactive way. How can Touch allow people to better achieve what they want to accomplish? How can touch remove barriers to accessibility? How can YOU create a Touch experience that is so natural that users don’t even think about the implementation but focus only on the experience? Visit Imaginecup.com on 30 November to sign-up!
Check out the Imagine Cup photo gallery and video gallery.
Yeah I cut and pasted this from the newsletter that goes to people who signed up. With permission though.