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  • Blog Post: First Prize in Imagine Cup: $50,000

    Get signed up at http://www.imaginecup.com NOW.  And it’s THREE, that’s right 3 $50,000 first prizes for Game, Innovation and the World Citizenship.  You don’t get to read the rules till you register, but if you are a real software person, you know how to sign up for things before you sign...
  • Blog Post: Game Design: Brainstorming a game with block diagrams part 2

    Today I met with 12 very bright high school students who are part of the College Bound program. Bright and energetic, sadly none of them were going into Computer Science. But we worked through what software design was all about. We didn’t get to UML, but usually non-Computer Science types usually...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup: Uploading your ASP.NET project for judging

    This one is usually confusing for people using ASP.NET the first time, how do I share my ASP.NET app with someone who isn’t a hoster? There are a number of ways, but usually the process is to use XCOPY, it is simple and to the point.  You can find the instructions here: Walkthrough: Deploying a...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup: Uploading your Game Files to the Imagine Cup site

    It is only a few hours before the Imagine Cup Fall Round 2 closes, and I usually get a few emails asking how to upload the videos, software files, etc. This is a long post so you may need to scroll down to see the entire explanation. Login First Login in to the http://www.ImagineCup.US site. If you forgot...
  • Blog Post: Designing WP7 Games: Making Graphics, backgrounds for your game

    Oh this title just stinks. Getting over this stinking cold and my brain is still getting up to speed from the fever. Well, got to get started sometime. Continuing the review of the http://create.msdn.com/gamedevelopment , the wheels came off with the video about drawing the background (I mean this...
  • Blog Post: Getting started with creating Windows Phone Games for Imagine Cup, Part 1 of a bunch

    So in past years, the normal approach would be for Imagine Cup students and professors to listen to me drone on for long periods of time about XNA and object oriented programming.  At the same time I was droning on, I would be wishing for put together samples that would require only imaginative ...
  • Blog Post: Project ideas for Imagine Cup and senior projects

    Normally I would have posted this on my http://blogs.msdn.com/research blog, but this is just an amazing source of ideas for student projects with videos.  The videos are also an excellent example of the way student videos should be done for any classes that I teach. Here is the link you should...
  • Blog Post: What happens when you create a Visual Studio Project part 4

    In previous blogs, I discussed the files that are generated when you create a Visual Studio Project, specifically a WPF Application http://blogs.msdn.com/b/devschool/archive/2011/07/14/what-happens-when-you-create-a-visual-studio-project-part-1.aspx http://blogs.msdn.com/b/devschool/archive...
  • Blog Post: Report on the Imagine Cup Ellis Island Party

    Last night the Imagine Cup students attended a profound party on Ellis Island, where the sponsor Microsoft had rented the entire island for this party.  Unlike other Imagine Cup parties in the past, this one was quite fun, but with a difference, on one side there was the New York skyline and on...
  • Blog Post: Agile programming or SCRUM programming?

    An online friend of mine, Tamer, you can see his profile at https://www.odesk.com/users/Tamer-Maher-MCSE-Security-MCPD-project-management-Consulting_~~9b5f89597fc577d7?_redirected Tamer does both Agile and SCRUM. You might ask: What is the difference? As Tamer pointed out to me during our conversation...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup: What I entered into the Bing Contest for $10,000 potential prize

    Ok, I really can’t win, but I did this video for the XTRANORMAL movie festival sponsored by Bing.  I think this would be a good idea for Imagine Cup 2012,  but I am working on the whole process so it seamless. To participate, you have to hurry the contest closes tomorrow April 14, 2011 http...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup: Software Design Winners—Notetaker from Arizona State

    Arizona State WINS the Software Design contest, here is a virtual discussion about NoteTaker: For some reason the YouTube video is showing up as black and then I need to move on.  Just click the big black space and it will work   Mostly fictional discussion about Note Taker!
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2011: An interview

    This is a video created using XTRANORMAL, somewhat expensive, about a dollar per video, but I think it is kind of fun.  I made up a video about an interviewer interviewing the typical attendee.  It is fun to make it, but somewhat limited.  
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup: US Finals, Day of Judging!

      The Day of Judging, wow, that sounds so final.  The run up to the Day of Judging required as a lot of work, I was up till 2:30 AM getting things set-up.  All of the student teams were working feverishly on their presentations and making software tweaks. This morning, the students went...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup: Students rush to complete project

    It is Friday evening and the most imaginative students in the USA are all in a feverish effort to complete or tighten their presentations and software. Although the competitive spirit is strong, you see the team work and good spirit of helpfulness when the student teams work together. I believe that...
  • Blog Post: Kinect: Researcher briefs the ADEs at the Imagine Cup

    Stewart Tansley gave a briefing on Kinect SDK for Windows that will come out later in the year. Looks pretty exciting. More information after MIX. The Microsoft Kinect SDK for Windows will be focused for the hobbyists, students, professors, non-commercial researchers. This is exciting news for hobbyists...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup: The ADE team prepares for the event

    Friday, the Academic Developer Evangelist (ADE) team meets to discuss what their roles will be over the US Imagine Cup.  This is done each year as it is critical that the students have a fantastic experience, over the years not only do students get excited, the individual ADEs get excited. ...
  • Blog Post: Orchard a free, open source, community-focused project for ASP.NET modules

      Everyone! Orchard is a free, open source, community-focused project aimed at delivering applications and reusable components on the ASP.NET platform. This is interesting for students and educators as well.  Take a look at this interesting project at: http://www.orchardproject.net/ What is...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 and Artificial Intelligence

    <<Fake AI: Movie Reality <<Real AI: PathFinder   A real AI with a reputation: Artificial Intelligence, almost an oxymoron, but not quite.  What is intelligence?  Deep question, is intelligence demonstrated by the ability to play Chess?  Then there a large number of people...
  • Blog Post: Super Secret Communications X004Y: Game design considerations

    Super Secret Communications for Game Designers: AppHub http://creators.xna.com is “under construction”, now there is the AppHub for you needs for software to utilize for your Imagine Cup Projects. Some basic suggestions, use with judgment on your part, this is for developing that component of growing...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2011: Creating a project plan part 1 of a few

      In a previous blog, “ Imagine Cup 2010: Cool Projects, how do you get started on Imagine Cup 2011 ”, I would like to make it clear, the Millennium Goals are guidelines for your project, it not required that you follow these specific goals.  Your technology solutions needs to have a clear...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup: The First Lady Speaks at the Final Ceremony

      Wow, the First Lady of the US, Michele Obama, gave a four minute talk to the students, and even though I am not a Democrat, it was impressive.  Usually anything coming out of Washington D.C. I consider simply a way to control my life and find it annoying.  This time the First Lady hit...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2010: Cool Projects, how do you get started on Imagine Cup 2011

    Wow, the Imagine Cup 2010 finalists built impressive projects, I liked the games best, but the Software Design took on the big problems.  Imagine a project that can: Transmit digital information to the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) computers in areas that lack internet access capabilities!  Use...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2010: Saturday Morning, Remembering the Poland Ghetto

      This morning I woke up to work out in the Novotel gym and it was locked. (It’s on floor 31!) Hey it’s a beautiful day outside, why not just go for a walk or jog? And I did.  It was a beautiful morning, the sun was out, this is the stage for the Imagine Cup later tonight! Imitating the statues...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup in Poland day 1

    Ok, it is really day two for me in Warsaw, Poland and last night I went out to dinner with some people from Microsoft.  Warsaw is a very impressive city, and I wish I hadn’t forgotten my SD card for my cool new camera.  As we wandered about the city, we passed Copernicus’ statue, and a few...
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