This year's competition is just a whirlwind compared to last year. In 2004's US Imagine Cup we hosted 4 regional competitions around the country, then the top 2 teams from each advanced to the US Finals at TechEd San Diego. Those 8 teams spent an afternoon at UC San Diego doing 30 minute presentations to a panel of judges.

For 2005 we collapsed the Regional competition and National finals into one day, and just invited every student team out to Redmond to compete. 30+ teams competed in 9 small group "regional" competitions this morning on Microsoft Main Campus. The first place team from each advanced to the National Round in the afternoon, which is about halfway done. A loooooong day for the students, judges, and everyone involved, but I'm simply amazed at the quality and originality of many of the student projects, so well worth the lack of sleep!

James posted the regional results below, and a big congratulations to all the teams. Once Nationals wraps, we'll post the Top 3 (and the team that heads to Japan this summer) and some thoughts on the final applications. The designs are worth sharing widely - we'll also look into featuring the students on MSDN and elsewhere, so stay tuned for more.