Ok, I know its been a while since blogged last, but as a 21-year old developer working in Microsoft, I think I have earned the right to say, I have been busy.. :P

So of the many things I have been doing this past week, which involves submitting quite a few interesting apps, finishing off my game App, I have been busy working with the DPE team helping them organize The Imagine Cup UAE finals.

I'm pretty sure quite a few of you have heard of this competition, but for those of you who do know what Imagine Cup is, here is a brief overview:

Imagine Cup is an annual competition hosted and sponsored by Microsoft Corp, where in they bring together some of the brightest developers. The challenge thrown at these young technologists, is to "Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems".

The competition has various challenges. This year's challenges include:

1) Software Design

2) Game Design: XBOX/Windows

3) Game Design: Phone

4) IT Challenge

5) Kinect Fun Labs Challenge

6) Windows Metro Style App Challenge

7) Windows Azure Challenge

8) Windows Phone Challenge

The Competition is quite exciting and challenging. Participants are expected to use Microsoft technology and they get a change to showcase their talents, first at the regional (country) Finals. The top team from each country, then progresses to the worldwide finals. The worldwide finals have always excited me. I have never been to one, but I have seen videos, and I must say, I have never seen any event organized in such a grand scale. The ideas presented here are quite innovative. The common misconception is that Imagine Cup is all about creating Utopia with technology. While some may consider this as a delusion, others take it up as a challenge, the truth is that most of the team who win, have simple, but elegant solutions to the very simple problems what the world faces. And that is what I love about Imagine Cup. Innovative minds from around the world, come together and present a cool new perspective to facing problems.

This year, the finals are going to be held in Sydney, Australia. The regional finals have started all over the world. A couple of weeks back, Microsoft Gulf announced the 5 teams which had qualified for the UAE finals. The team that wins here, get a shot at the worldwide finals in Australia.

The project topics for each of the teams is quite interesting. One of the teams will try to cure Sleep Apnea using the Windows Phone, another team attempts to solve piracy issues, while 2 teams focus on optimizing standards for EMR (electronic medical records) and its ease of access, and the last one tries to convert waste into bio-fuel using technology.

The Imagine Cup UAE finals will be held at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel (Meyana Auditorium), from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm on 23rd April 2012.

Honestly, I think it is a brilliant opportunity for people to come, relax at a brilliant venue, eat good food, have a good time, play with the Kinect, and watch each of the 5 teams present their ideas. If you havent registered already, click here.

For those of you who have a Windows Phone, you can now download the imagine cup app, "Imagine Cup Live". I published the app a few days back. It gives you twitter updates, blog feed, lets you view the competition count down clock and has all the important links. For those of you reading this on your mobile phones, Click here, to download the app.

So, hope to see you guys at the Imagine Cup UAE Finals. Till then, chao.