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  • Blog Post: Heard at theSpoke

    Dave is taking a new job working for the Xbox division. He's started to blog about what that work is all about. It looks like he's in for some fun time and will have a lot of interesting things to talk about in the coming weeks and months. If you are at all interested in game programming you may want...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup US SDI winners up on Tablet PC Dev Center

    Team ECESIS from Virginia Commonwealth, who won the US Software Design Invitational in Imagine Cup, are highlighted up on the MSDN Tablet PC Developer Center! They are also starting up a blog about their experiences on the run up to Japan. They had a great article written up about them in their...
  • Blog Post: More Imagine Cup photos are up

    Thomas Nguyen has posted a bunch of his pictures from this weekend - Thomas was a competitor in Imagine Cup from the University of Houston with their AgileAgents project. For any competitors who attended and took pics, if you want to share them email me (Kevin) or post them to Flickr with the tag...
  • Blog Post: Northeastern University takes 3rd!

    Congratulations to Northeastern's Team Splines and their eVt applicaiton for taking 3rd place! Jorel Fermin, Churk Leung, Maurice Peltier About eVt, in their own words ( and their bios, in Word ): The ability to communicate has been one of the greatest and oldest boundaries...
  • Blog Post: Carnegie Mellon takes 2nd place!

    Congratulations to Team Smartcare from Carnegie Mellon University , for taking home 2nd place in the US National Finals of the Imagine Cup 2005, Software Design Invitational! Bryan Shen, Mark Pimental, and Andy Shen About Smartcare, in their own words ( full bios here, in Word...
  • Blog Post: Virginia Commonwealth University takes the title!

    Sorry this took so long to post (we needed a nap after all the excitement): AND THE WINNER OF THE US NATIONAL FINALS for the Imagine Cup Software Design Invitational IS Team ECESIS from Virginia Commonwealth University! Congrats to James Barrett, John McKeon, and John Sells! See the...
  • Blog Post: Defining an Imagine Cup region

    In case you read the Regional results below and wondered how Boston U could end up in the Northwest Region, or University of Hawaii Manoa in the Mid-Atlantic reason, here's the answer: The names are just a fun way to break up the competition into smaller chunks, and aren't geographically relevant...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup - mobile graffiti

    John Gibby and Peter Pesti of Georgia Tech are presenting their application called "mGraffiti", which is all about using a mobile device to apply "graffiti", or personal notes and comments, about key spots (like your work building, favorite restaurant, hangout) in your life overlaid on top of sattellite...
  • Blog Post: The official Imagine Cup US Finals info

    You know you're official when you get up on Microsoft PressPass! For lots of great stuff about this 2-day event in Redmond, take a look at this site . Including: Student bios and project abstracts (plus some of their photos) Image gallery , which will go live next week. For the informal pics...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Whirlwind

    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...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup US Nationals are rolling!

    Soma Somasegar, VP in Developer Division at Microsoft, talks about the Imagine Cup student technology competition we're putting together today and tomorrow in Redmond. Scoble is coming over this morning to meet with a bunch of them (and hopefully shoot some channel 9 video!). Watch this...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup: University of Houston Student gets some press!

    Johnathan Dowdall and Mike Hall from the University of Houston have both advanced in the Imagine Cup's Visual Gaming competition, and get some press in Medical New Today as a result! Stay tuned for more coverage of Imagine Cup. We are gearing up here in Redmond for the US National Finals of...
  • Blog Post: Are you a creative person?

    As many of you know the Visual Gaming event in the Imagine Cup uses "tissues" which are the maze that the nano robots have to move through. There is a contest for people to create their own tissues that can be used in round two. You do not have to be a programmer at all to do this. The needed files can...
  • Blog Post: New Project Hoshimi Manga

    Richard has posted some drafts of the new Project Hoshimi manga at theSpoke . Images only - no dialog. Still I wonder what clues you can find there. If you are into the Imagine Cup Visual Gaming event you will want to check these out. Alfred (Microsoft)
  • Blog Post: One day left to compete in IT, Algorithm, and Visual Gaming!

    Some of the easiest ways to compete - and get your free stuff - close tomorrow night March 1st! So read on for updates on the IT, Algorithm, and Visual Gaming invitationals. Here's how to get started: For any of the competitions, after you register , go to Team & Event Tools and scroll down to...
  • Blog Post: US Imagine Cup Software Design entries DUE tonight!

    (only for the United States portion of the Software Design Invitational) Entries are DUE TONIGHT by 11:59 PM Pacific! Not sure how to submit your spec? Follow the following steps: 1. Register for the competition at www.imaginecup.com 2. Create a team (can be just you or you and up to 3 friends). Click...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup - How is the US faring on the leaderboards?

    The leader boards are now active in several of the Invitationals (follow the links – you need to register first!) – a short recap: Algorithm Invitational : While students from Australia and the United States (go California ) are in the 1-2 slots, China is rocking the top 20. Visual Gaming : A team from...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup deadlines clarified

    Some quick clarifications on the deadlines to enter/compete for the various Imagine Cup Invitationals : Software Design (US ONLY - this various by country): February 15th Visual Gaming, IT, IT High School, and Algorithm: March 1st Short Film, Rendering, Office Designer, Technology Business Plan, Web...
  • Blog Post: Looking for some Software Design Invitational ideas?

    Martin Schray, a Microsot Academic Relations Manager from Chicago posted some great samples of a web service and smart device project on his blog . Check them out to get started and remember specifications are due in a couple of weeks! -Kevin (Microsoft)
  • Blog Post: How well do you know algorithms?

    Shreyas Vijaykumar pointed out on his blog that the Imagine Cup algorithm invitational first round quiz is live! Go take the quiz and check out the message board today. -James (California State Univ., Long Beach)
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Word version of US Software Design spec released

    The Imagine Cup US Software Design spec has now been released in a Word version as well as the OneNote version . Fill it out today because entries are due February 16, 2005! -James (California State Univ., Long Beach)
  • Blog Post: Visual Gaming: Happy New Year Competition

    Josh Blake just pointed me in the direction of a new unofficial Imagine Cup Visual Gaming contest called the Happy New Year Competition . This competition takes advantage of a new SDK and tissue and gives you an opportunity to get to know the new features of the sdk, as they will be important for round...
  • Blog Post: Visual Gaming leader board - Middle Tennessee State and James Madison in the Top 10

    Leaderboard so far highlighting the US teams - impressive scores especially by the team from Middle Tennesee State!
  • Blog Post: Visual Gaming deadline extended

    You now have an extra month to compete in the Imagine Cup Visual Gaming Invitational . The first round deadline has been extended from February 1st to March 1st . A remember - just for competing you qualify for a free copy of Office 2003 ! (you do have to be a student to compete...) -Kevin (Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: New version of Open Viewer has been released

    Stefan Rusek decompiled the existing Viewer for the Visual Gaming invitational of Imagine Cup , and then he rewrote and refactored over 80% of it! Download the project from SourceForge and check out the screen shots . -James (Cal. State University, Long Beach)
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