Editor’s note: The following post was written by Client Development MVP Bruno Sonnino
In July 2012, I’ve had the pleasure of mentoring Team Virtual Dreams, winner of the Windows 8 Metro Challenge and Azure Challenge on the Imagine Cup 2012, the Microsoft-sponsored technology world cup for students. As a Microsoft MVP, mentoring a finalist team is a unique experience. However, what is the Imagine Cup and what does it mean to mentor a team?
The Imagine Cup is a competition sponsored by Microsoft and it’s now in its 12th edition. It has many competitions, in the technological area: software development, IT and digital media (until 2011 there were video and photo competitions). Each year, there’s a citizenship theme, besides competitions for business innovation and game development. With this kind of theme, the competition stimulates the students to find solutions for many world problems: health care, education and environment are some of them.
The project must be developed by high school, college, grad or post-grad students. The students are completely responsible by their projects and they own their projects (Microsoft doesn’t own anything after the competition – many teams, after the competition, become new startups with great success in marketing their projects). Click here to continue reading the full article