Overview:

The objective of the Imagine Cup 2010 – MultiPoint Mouse Local Innovation Award contest is to design a software application that leverages the and addresses the .

Eligibility Criteria:

 

This contest is open to students legally residing in India and meeting the Eligibility Criteria mentioned below:

  • You are 16 years of age or older; and
  • You are actively enrolled as a student during the Contest Period at an accredited educational institution that grants high-school or college/university (or equivalent) degrees; and
  • You are not an employee or intern of Microsoft Corporation, or an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary; and
  • You are not involved in any part of the execution or administration of this Contest; and
  • You are not an immediate family member of (parent, sibling, spouse, child) or household member of a Microsoft employee, an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary, or a person involved in any part of the administration and execution of this Contest
  • A Team may consist of up to four (4) eligible students. It is recommended, but not required, that the Team have one (1) mentor in addition to the student Team members. Limit one (1) mentor per Team.

Detailed Terms & Conditions are now available .

Registration Information:

Registration is now open at http://tinyurl.com/icindia-mlia10   

Deliverables & Timelines:

Submission Deadline is 7th March 2010, 11:59 PM IST and the required deliverables are as follows:

  • MultiPoint Mouse Application
    • If the MultiPoint Mouse application runs on a client, include a single zip file (.zip) with the MultiPoint Mouse application named as follows: ‘YourApplicationName.zip’. In the zip file, include all executable files (.exe) and other files needed to run the MultiPoint Mouse application (including the MultiPoint Mouse SDK DLLs ) under the root directory.
    • If the MultiPoint Mouse application runs in a browser, include a single internet shortcut file (.url) containing the URL where the application can be accessed. Please name the .url file as follows: ‘YourApplicationName.url’.
  • User Instructions: A Microsoft Word document (.doc/.docx) or .pdf file (Size <= 10 MB) with:
    • Instructions for how to set-up and use the MultiPoint Application. Be sure to include screenshots of the application wherever helpful.
    • Hardware and software requirements for the MultiPoint Application. Be sure to include which OS version (Windows 7, Vista, XP), service pack and/or browser version you tested the application along with the maximum and minimum number of mice the application supports.
  • Video Demo: A video (Min: 3 minutes, Max: 5 minutes) demo of your MultiPoint Application (.wmv format only, Size <= 50 MB).

Judging Criteria:

Preliminary Round:

At the conclusion of the Entry period on 7th March 2010 (11:59 PM IST), all eligible entries received will be reviewed by a panel of qualified judges based on the judging criteria (with percentage weights) set forth below. The top 2 teams will be invited for the Contest National Finals and the next 2 teams will be awarded consolation prizes.

  • 20%- Problem Definition: How precise and relevant is the real world problem? How interesting or difficult to resolve - functionally or technically - is the problem being challenged? For this criterion, we only focus on the problem challenged, not on the solution created to solve this problem. How well does the project adhere to the current Imagine Cup Theme?
  • 20%- Collaboration: Does the application take advantage of MultiPoint Mouse SDK’s collaborative features (i.e. Is the application enhanced by the fact that users can access the application simultaneously in a way that adds value)?
  • 20%- Creativity: Is the MultiPoint Mouse SDK being applied to the problem in a creative way, or does it demonstrate technological creativity that could be applied to multiple problems?
  • 20%- Ease of Use: How easy is the application to use or administer? How easy is the application to install? How well was feedback from end-users incorporated into the design? Is the GUI both attractive and intuitive?
  • 20%- Video Demo: The judges will be looking for videos that provide background and context to the project, explain why the problem is an interesting one, highlight how the system works, and include an insightful demonstration.

Contest National Finals:

2 teams invited for the Contest National Finals (expected to be held in April 2010) will be reviewed by a panel of qualified judges based on the judging criteria set forth below.

  • 20%- Problem Definition: How precise and relevant is the real world problem? How interesting or difficult to resolve - functionally or technically - is the problem being challenged? For this criterion, we only focus on the problem challenged, not on the solution created to solve this problem. How well does the project adhere to the current Imagine Cup Theme?
  • 20%- Collaboration: Does the application take advantage of MultiPoint Mouse SDK’s collaborative features (i.e. Is the application enhanced by the fact that users can access the application simultaneously in a way that adds value)?
  • 20%- Creativity: Is the MultiPoint Mouse SDK being applied to the problem in a creative way, or does it demonstrate technological creativity that could be applied to multiple problems?
  • 20%- Ease of Use: How easy is the application to use or administer? How easy is the application to install? How well was feedback from end-users incorporated into the design? Is the GUI both attractive and intuitive?
  • 20%- Presentation: The judges will be looking for oral presentations that provide background and context to the project, explain why the problem is an interesting one, highlight how the system works, and include an insightful demonstration. Teams will also be evaluated on their ability to take questions from the judging panel.

Prizes:

  • 1st Prize: INR 60,000
  • 2nd Prize: INR 40,000
  • Consolation Prizes (for 2 teams): INR 20,000 per team