Get those phone apps finished up, deadline for rewards is coming!


    blog_smallTo get your free Xbox, Beats Headphones, Windows Phone, or other cool prizes from Developer Movement your app must be published by May 20, 2012!

    Just a reminder that the Developer movement “Start Something” competition that rewards you for publishing apps with cool prizes has a deadline of May 20th, 2012 at 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time.

    If you want to get your prizes you need to

    1. Get your app hub membership (free for students)
    2. Register for the competition at www.developermovement.ca
    3. Finish coding your Windows Phone application (need help getting started?)
    4. Go through the Application Submission checklist to improve the chances of passing certification the first time
    5. Submit your application.
    6. Your app must be a published application by the competition deadline. Certification takes a few days so don’t wait until May 19th to submit! Get those apps finished up and submitted!

    In case you’ve forgotten the goodies you could be taking home:

    Publish one app Kinect bundle
    10000 XBox live points
    Monster Beats Headphones
    1TB external hard drive
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    Publish two apps Windows Phone
    35000 Xbox LIVE points
    $500 Prepaid American Express Card
    Xbox 360 Kinect bundle

    Publish three or more apps

    You are eligible for the final phase of the competition and could receive the Grand Reward

    promotion via Xbox Live and Microsoft properties of your application.

    With this competition, and the excitement around the new Windows Phone devices like the Nokia Lumia, there’s never been a better time to publish a Windows Phone app, get coding!

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    ImagineCup from a judge’s view


    ET_2008As you know now, the ImagineCup final in Canada is soon, very soon. As this is the first step to go to the worldwide final, I thought it could be great to have a quick interview with one of the judges. Etienne Tremblay, also a Canadian, was kind enough to answer my questions.


    Hi Etienne, as a judge for the ImagineCup final for a couple of years now, in your own words what this competition is all about?
    This is the best “conference” I have attended in the last 5 years, first in Korea, next in Cairo, followed by Paris, then Poland and finally New York last year.  It is just the best gathering of selfless ideas by student that really want to change the world.  They are super motivated and really want to show us their idea and they want to be the next Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg.  They have a goal to solve the world biggest and hardest problems as stated by the Unesco Millennium goals and they do a great job doing it!

    Can you explain what is your role as a member of the fairness committee?
    For any completion to be considered fair, there needs to be rules, as part of the fairness committee, my fellow members and I make sure that the rules are looked at and that all the teams can get a fair shot at winning.  That involves making sure the scoring is normalized to account for judges ranges, we also look at all the rounds and what they (the teams) need to present, the time they are allotted and the time for QA with the judges.  There is a lot going on in the background that needs our attention and I’m really proud to be a member of that team.

    I’m sure it’s not easy to find a winner among all the amazing projects, but which one amaze you the most?
    I have seen a LOT of projects, about 20-25 each year (x5) is about 120 projects, plus the prelim rounds that can go up to more than 200.  There is such a variety of projects that it makes it hard to pick one.  The project that marry a good purpose, great innovation and architecture and an outstanding business model usually make the final 6 and that’s where the project really shine.  The team needs to be real cool cats presenting in front of 500-600 people plus all the media up at the top.  But they usually pull it off.  I don’t want to pick just one, making it to the top for me is a great achievement for all those teams and their project were all worth it.  Solving drought issues, malaria, communication over desert via the radio, Kinect rehabilitation programs for patients, a glove for the blind and mute to be able to read are just examples of the kind of project that make the finals.

    I need to say that I’m jealous as you will go to Australia for the final. Except the travel what are the other advantages for students to participate?
    This will be the best adventure of their lives for the camaraderie, the competitiveness, the global exposure, to see if they got what it takes to be an entrepreneur, for the meetings with other students, judges and the host country reception, I want to emphasize that fact, the host countries in all the Finals I have attended have all done a great job receiving, wining and dining, and showing off their best features to the student.  This will be something they will never forget and will talk about for a long time.  I might sound cliché but being nominated is more than just an honor for the students, they should view participation in an event like this their first door into the world of competitive work.

    Any tips and tricks for our Canadian students?
    Make sure you read all the criteria and cover them all.  Read the criteria and ask yourself if you were listening to your presentation would you understand what you are trying to present.  A good trick is to ask something that has no idea about your project (mom and dad or another student that doesn’t know what you are doing for example) and run the presentation to them make sure they tell you if they “got it”.  That goes a long way.  Also make sure you talk about how you plan on funding or making money with your idea this is worth 10% of your mark and can make a difference between being 12th or 13th…  

    Thanks for your time Etienne, and good luck to our Canadian team!

    Etienne Tremblay is an Associate Director in charge of the Microsoft technologies center at Fujitsu Canada in Montreal. He has over 20 years of experience in the IT industry and he specialized in Microsoft technologies in the last 12 years, specifically in managing the development process, he also has expertise in the mining and manufacturing industries. He has spoken at DevTeach since 2005 and is a Microsoft MVP and Imagine Cup Software Design judge since 2007.

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    Meet the Phone Game Design finalists for Canadian Imagine Cup


    IC-Logo_300pxWideMeet the teams who will be competing in the Windows Phone Game Design category at the Canadian Imagine Cup to win phones, Xbox, Kinect, mentorship opportunities and more!

    Last week our judges narrowed down the Canadian entries in Phone Game Design to the top three who we have invited to come present their games on stage at the Canadian Imagine Cup finals April 30th at the University of Waterloo.  Game development has become a huge industry over the years. These teams were challenged to not only build a game but tie it to the 2012 Imagine Cup Theme “Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems”. You can come out and cheer the teams at the finals, register here.

    Let’s meet the teams who will be competing at the Canadian finals, in alphabetical order by team name.

    Novarum from Carleton University

    The Problem: Our team is attempting to solve the problem of world hunger, as well as the issues of active participation from the mass population in solving such problems.

    Our Solution: Our team is attempting to solve the problem of world hunger by donating to an effective charity that makes a real impact in the world. We do this by raising funds via in-game advertising and raising awareness through gameplay.

    Novarum Team Photo
    Team Novarum: Ryan Bottriel, Zara Tooth, Matthew Fournier, Skye Gagne and Jean-Sylvain Sormany (mentor)

    Phylo from McGill University

    The Problem: Traditionally, multiple sequence alignment algorithms use computationally complex heuristics to align the sequences. Unfortunately, the use of heuristics do not guarantee global optimization as it would be prohibitively computationally expensive to achieve an optimal alignment. This is due in part to the sheer size of the genome, which consists of roughly three billion base pairs, and the increasing computational complexity resulting from each additional sequence in an alignment.

    Our Solution: Humans have evolved to recognize patterns and solve visual problems efficiently. By abstracting multiple sequence alignment to manipulating patterns consisting of coloured shapes, we have adapted the problem to benefit from human capabilities. 
    By taking data which has already been aligned by a heuristic algorithm, we allow the user to optimize where the algorithm may have failed.


    Team Phylo: Chu Wu, Alfred Kam, Jerome Waldispuhl (mentor)

    Project Beacon from Carleton University

    The Problem: The problem with today’s society is that we take the environment for granted. We know the consequences but we lack the mentality to change because it does not affect us directly in our daily lives. Environmental damage is a long-term process that can only be solved through environmental sustainability, and with that, we will ensure future generations will live in a safe and sustainable world.

    Our Solution: The goal of Project Beacon is to show, through a game, the impact of human activity on the planet, and how actions of one person can help to improve the environment. Our game will highlight the importance of renewable energy sources (sun, wind, water), and focus on the art style in order to show, visually, a shift between a polluted world and a clean world.

    Team Beacon

    Team Project Beacon: Gar Lam, Clark McGillis, Curtis Field, Eva Demers-Brett and Jean-Sylvain Sormany (mentor)


    Congratulations again to our Canadian finalists and to all the other great entries we received in the Windows Phone game category! It's students like you who inspire all of us to make a difference! We’ll see you at the finals!

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    Meet the Software Design Finalists for Canadian Imagine Cup


    ImagineCupEmailcontentMeet the teams who will be vying for title of Canadian Imagine Cup champions and a trip to Australia to represent Canada at the Canadian Imagine Cup Finals Monday April 30th at the University of Waterloo.

    Last week our judges had to make the difficult decision of which three Canadian teams to invite to our Canadian Imagine Cup Finals. In the end three different schools with three very different ideas were selected. Congratulations to the teams and their schools! We can't wait to see your presentations at the finals April 30th at the University of Waterloo. If you want to come out to watch the finals you can register here.

    In alphabetical order by team name

    D19 from McGill University

    The problem: Meeting the high demand for qualified doctors in rural India. Over 600 million rural Indians have no access to doctors or proper hospitals. While we cannot provide physical care or hospital-level facilities using software alone, we are aiming to bring a doctor's consultation, diagnosis and medical advice (potentially prescription depending on legal issues) to people who cannot afford to travel to see a doctor in person.

    The solution: Our application name is 'Neem', named after an Indian medicinal plant. Our solution consists of three parts - a mobile application that allows village health workers to collect patient data and pass it on to doctors, a desktop application which allows doctors to receive this data, conduct a video chat with a patient and perform a diagnosis electronically, and an analysis tool that allows public health workers to analyse the (anonymous) patient data and identify any important trends in vaccination tracking, disease spread or general health of a community.
    Team D19 Photo

    Team D19: Abhijeet Kalyan and Shravan Narayan

    Greeni from George Brown College

    The Problem
    : Our team implemented a solution that helps to reduce factories’ pollutions and make our environment cleaner. It is achieved by controlling energy consumptions in the working areas and corridors.

    Our Solution: Our Application name is Greeni. The system is based on the Kinect sensor that monitors human's motions in the cubicles and corridors. If there is anybody in the cubicle, the system will turn on the light and ventilation system

    Greeni team

    Nimbus from University of British Columbia

    The Problem:
    Over 14 million people are killed by infectious diseases each year, 90% of which are in the developing world. More alarmingly, most of these diseases are preventable or treatable with existing medicines. Currently, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that over 1.7 billion people, nearly one third of the world’s population, have no access to essential medicines.

    Our Solution: Our application, Global Pharmacy Connection (GPC), aims to make essential drugs available and affordable to developing countries. To achieve this, GPC provides a portal where healthcare providers (buyers) and pharmaceuticals (suppliers) can connect, which enables buyers to gain access to more drugs at lower pricing by obtaining drug supplies from multiple suppliers.

    team Nimbus


    Congratulations to our Canadian finalists and to all the other great entries we received in the Software Design Category! It's students like you who inspire all of us to make a difference!

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    Get Inspired, Get Energized! Cheer on your fellow students at the Canadian Imagine Cup Finals!


    IC-Logo_300pxWideThe finalists are selected, the big day of the finals is coming up. We invite YOU to come out and be part of a day that celebrates the power of students!

    Wow after almost a year of planning it’s hard to believe it’s time for the Canadian Imagine Cup Finals! We have put together a fantastic day and we want to invite you to come out and be part of it! The students, the guest speakers and the judges are sure to leave you feeling inspired and empowered! This is a day to celebrate the power of students. We want you to be there!

    Who: You!

    What: Canadian Imagine Cup Finals

    Where: University of Waterloo, Kitchener, Ontario

    When: Monday April 30, 2012

    Why: because this is going to be one of those days where you walk away feeling energized, inspired and empowered! Two great speaker keynotes, amazing ideas from your fellow students as they present to our celebrity/invited experts panel, even a showcase area to see the entries up close or check out the latest Microsoft technologies.

    How: Register today!

    Price: Free! but space is limited make sure you register!

    Take a look at the incredible speakers and judges you will see at the finals!

    In order of appearance:

    Gladstone_Grant_Small Welcome and opening keynote by Gladstone Grant the Vice President of the Developer and Platform Group at Microsoft Canada.

    The Developer & Platform Evangelism Group (DPE) mission is to “Secure the Future of the Microsoft Platform” by ensuring that students, startups, developers, IT Pros, and ISVs choose Microsoft platforms. This group’s mission is critical to the long term success of Microsoft. It is a unique group that combines product marketing, audience marketing, sales, business development and technology evangelism

    Presentations by our teams in Software design and Windows Phone game design will be judged by an accomplished celebrity panel!

    Carol Leaman

    Carol Leaman is the CEO of Axonify, a software company that uses technology to identify, measure and close critical knowledge gaps in employees.  Using principles of behavioural psychology the company provides an interval reinforcement platform that quickly and easily enhances knowledge retention of key policies and procedures.

    Prior to Axonify, Carol was CEO of PostRank a software company that tracked where and when online audiences were interacting with content in the social sphere.  After receiving acquisition interest from a number of parties Carol sold PostRank to Google in June 2011.

    Carol has also been CEO of RSS Solutions and Fakespace, two other tech companies that she sold to strategic acquirers in North America.  She has a finance background and a Master of Accounting from the University of Waterloo. 

    Carol was recently recognized for her contributions with an Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Intrepid Award for being an entrepreneur who is a strong leader and has great promise for future contribution. She loves all things technology, and sits on the boards of several organizations.

    Michael Furdyk

    Michael Furdyk is the Co-founder of TakingITGlobal, which provides innovative global education programs that empower youth to understand and act on the world's greatest challenges.

    In the past, he turned his interest in technology into several successful online companies, including MyDesktop.com, which sold to Internet.com in 1999. In 2008, he was named by Contribute Magazine as one of 10 Tech Revolutionaries Redefining the Power and Face of Philanthropy.

    Michael has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, presented at TED, and was named one of Teen People's "Twenty Teens that will Change the World". Over the last decade, he has keynoted over 100 events across sectors, sharing his social media expertise and insights on youth engagement and educational reform to audiences in over 30 countries. He sits on several non-profit boards, including the Re-Inventing Schools Coalition, and on the International Advisory Council for Microsoft's Partners in Learning program

    Marc Saltzman

    Marc Saltzman has reported on the high-tech industry since 1996 as a freelance journalist, author, lecturer, consultant, and radio and TV personality. His specialties lie in consumer electronics, computers, Internet trends, video games and DVD/Blu-ray reviews.

    Along with his weekly syndicated columns with Gannett ContentOne (formerly Gannett News Service), CNN.com and USAToday.com, Marc currently contributes to more than 50 prominent publications, including USA Today, CNN.com, AARP - The Magazine, The Costco Connection (U.S. and Canada), MSN, Yahoo!, Sympatico, Toronto Star, PostMedia (CanWest), Connected (Rogers Publishing), Telus Talks Business, IT Insider Online, Common Sense Media, Inc.com, Playboy, Movie Entertainment, Chill, Homefront, and others.
    Tim Jackson

    We’ll wrap up the day with an inspiring keynote from Tim Jackson, someone who is living the theme of Imagine Cup “Making a Difference” as a founder and partner of Social Venture Partners of Waterloo Region, a venture fund that blends volunteerism and philanthropy together to invest in social/community initiatives.

    Tim has a long history as an entrepreneur and business leader. A founder and partner of Tech Capital Partners, he was earlier CFO and CEO at PixStream. He has also acted as CFO, CEO, or board member for numerous other technology companies. Tim is a frequent speaker on innovation, corporate culture, leadership, community building, acquisitions and investing, and related topics.

    Active for many years in the not-for-profit sector, in 2009 Tim was awarded the inaugural annual Barnraiser Award for “inspirational, collaborative achievement” in Waterloo Region. In 2007, he was honoured with the Legacy of Leaders Award from the City of Waterloo and the Leadership Award from the Volunteer Action Center.



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