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  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2013 Opens with Larger Prizes

    Last week Microsoft announced the opening of the 2013 Imagine Cup . This year there are thee competition and three challenges for students to enter. The prizes are larger as well with a top prize for each of the three competition being $50,000 (USD) and each of the challenges having a top prize of $10...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 7 May 2012

    I didn’t have much to say last week so I decided not to say much on the blog. I also took a couple of days off the end of the week. Fortunately a lot of other people had a lot to say and I have a good store of links to share with you. I hope you’ll read though all of them as I am sure you’ll find something...
  • Blog Post: US Imagine Cup Winners 2012

    The 2012 Imagine Cup is now history for most teams. A few are still involved as they are on their way to Sydney Australia for the world wide finals this July. So far that includes FlashFood who will be representing the US in the Software design invitational. Congratulations to them. We know they will...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 23 April 2012

    I’ve been in Redmond WA at Microsoft’s headquarters since last Friday for the US Finals of the Imagine Cup. The picture on the left is me with team Digital Infinity, the one high school team competing with university  students. (You can still vote for them in the People’s Choice voting until May...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links Post 9 April 2012

    I need a favor. A small favor. I need people to click this link and go vote for the Imagine Cup People’s Choice awards . Yes I am trying to get more people to use my link to get to the voting site so I can win a prize. Evil I know. BUT what I’d also like you to do is seriously think about...
  • Blog Post: 2012 US Imagine Cup People’s Choice Voting

    The voting is now open for the US Imagine Cup People’s Choice award . You can visit the web site on Facebook and view profiles of the 22 teams who are attending the US Finals and select your favorite. All the teams are great and or course made their way through a rigorous selection process. We...
  • Blog Post: Next Round Of Imagine Cup Deadlines Coming Up

    The Imagine Cup series of competitions has a new round of deadlines coming up over the next two weeks. The good news is that the barriers to entry in most of these is low enough that students still have time to get their act together and enter. The Kinect Fun Labs Challenge and the Windows Metro Style...
  • Blog Post: Key Imagine Cup 2012 Dates Approaching

    Randy Guthrie wrote a long information packed post about Key Imagine Cup 2012 Dates Approaching in the very near future. If you or your students are entering the Imagine Cup I highly recommend you read Randy’s post or at least visit the Imagine Cup site to verify that you have the correct dates in mind...
  • Blog Post: Two New Imagine Cup Challenges for 2012

    The Imagine Cup just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Today two more challenges were announced via the Imagine Cup blog ( Microsoft Announces Windows Metro Style App and Kinect Fun Labs Challenges for Imagine Cup 2012 ). One challenge is specifically for Kinect applications while the other is for Windows...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup as Group Projects

    One of the things that often makes Imagine Cup entries a good educational experience is that they require planning and team work. A good Imagine Cup entry is seldom a one person project. Many universities use the Imagine Cup, especially the Software Design event, as senior projects. The Game Event makes...
  • Blog Post: Southern Interactive Entertainment & Game Expo 2011

    Last week I attended part of SIEGE 2011 ( Southern Interactive Entertainment & Game Expo ) in Atlanta Georgia. Before the main part of the conference started the conference hosted hundreds of high school and middle school students for a college open house and presentations on a variety of topics...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2012–Changing The World For The Better

    Solving the world’s great problems! Changing the world for the better. Giving students projects that not only allow them to show what they know but do something good for the world. All of these are part and parcel of the Imagine Cup. The US Imagine Cup website is updated and ready for the 2012 season...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup Projects–Making The World Better For Millions

    Many of the best projects that are entered in the Imagine Cup are inspired by real people solving problems that have deep meaning for the project team. For some it is a family member or friend who suffered a great loss. For others it is a personal commitment to their local community. For others it is...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links Post 18 July 2011

    Quite a week last week. You may have read my posts about the CSTA CS & IT Conference. I hope you did because it was a great conference. The first ever WorldWide Imagine Cup finals to be held in the US was held in New York City at the same time. You may want to read about the Imagine Cup news as well...
  • Blog Post: CS & IT 2011 Day 3

    I’m not sure I can do yesterday justice. It was awesome of course but I am also exhausted from all the activity and travel of late. (Doug Peterson has a great post about this day as well. Read it here .) I’m taking some vacation time coming up and I hope to come back recharged. But I’m...
  • Blog Post: Student Media at the Imagine Cup

    One of the things that is special about this year’s Imagine Cup finals is the student social media team. The Microsoft Imagine Cup team set out to find the Microsoft Student Partners from around the world who are best suited to reporting the events from the student point of view using social media. These...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup New York City

    I’m in New York for the worldwide finals of the Imagine Cup this weekend. On Monday I will move over the the Computer Science Teachers Association CS & IT Conference . For right now I an enjoying the excitement of 400 competitors from around the world who are here competing and representing their...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links Post–6 July 2011

    Last week I celebrated eight years at Microsoft. I still miss the students which makes the guest talks I do in schools particularly valuable to me. Interestingly enough I was visiting a Microsoft office on the day of my anniversary and they had ice cream sundaes. Pure coincidence but a good sign I think...
  • Blog Post: Student Insiders and Imagine Cup Game Teams

    I thought I might highlight a few student related things going on at Microsoft these days.  I’ll start with the Microsoft Student Insider program. Microsoft Student Insider Program Details Microsoft Student Insiders are exceptional technical community leaders who are awarded for voluntarily sharing...
  • Blog Post: US Teams in the Worldwide Imagine Cup Finals 2011

    The Worldwide finalists for all categories of the Imagine Cup are out and you can read all of the amazing projects at the Imagine Cup Blog . There are 124 teams from 73 countries and regions making their way to New York City this July.  With projects ranging from helping provide better drinking...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup WorldWide Game Competition Finalists 2011

    Andrew Parsons is the Game Capitan for the Worldwide Imagine Cup Game competition. This gives him a good close look at the competitors especially the finalists. This week he has posted summaries of the finalists in the three competition fields. Imagine Cup Web Games Imagine Cup Mobile Games...
  • Blog Post: What Can You Do With What You Know?

    We’ve all heard the saying “It is not who you know but what you know.” While the truth of that can be debated in some cases when it really does seem that people get opportunities because of who they know in most cases what matters is what one can actually produce. The problem for companies though is...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links–April 12 2011

    I’m a day late this week. Yesterday was the end of the US Imagine Cup finals and I really wanted to post about that. It was a wonderful weekend and an encouraging weekend as a bunch of outstanding students showed off some really great projects. And I got to spend time with the rest of the academic team...
  • Blog Post: Champions for The US Imagine Cup 2011

    We just announced the winners in the US Imagine Cup for game development and software design. The winning software design team will be representing the United States in the World-wide Imagine Cup Finals this summer in New York City. The teams in order are: Game Design –Windows/XBOX (XNA): ...
  • Blog Post: XozGaming–High School Team in the US Imagine Cup Finals

    XozGaming is an Imagine Cup game development team made up of two high school juniors from Lick-Wilmerding High School . Julius is the artist and Xander is the programmer behind their XNA Game – Strain. Strain is a Windows real time strategy game where you defend the world against a global...
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