Imagine Cup Ireland 2007Over 100 students from 23 Colleges and Universities in Ireland and Northern Ireland have registered for the Imagine Cup Competition

And it's not too late: the competition is open to students from all third level Colleges and Universities around the world to compete in nine categories which span team-based challenges -- such as software design and short film -- to individual challenges involving algorithms and game programming.

Round One of the IT Challenge Online Quiz, which falls under the Skills Challenges category, takes place tomorrow, Wednesday 28 February, at 4pm GMT.

500+ individuals will advance to the second round, with the top 2 competitors from Ireland progressing to round 2.

 

How to Register

Students need to register at this site to take the quiz from the "My Stuff" menu when the quiz becomes available at 4pm on Wednesday. Students will have 60 minutes to answer 30 multiple choice questions.

 

Last-Minute Cramming

Students can find a sample set of questions, to preview what tomorrow's Round One challenge will be like, at this link.

You can hear the Imagine Cup IT Challenge Judge give you some helpful hints before the IT quiz.

Other useful links to help interested students prepare for the challenge are:

Level One (for tomorrow)
- Microsoft Encyclopedia of Security
- Microsoft Encyclopedia of Networking
- MCP on Windows XP (Code: 70-270)
- Wikipedia
- Plus general knowledge of Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Level Two (for the next round)
- Exam 70–290: Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment. 
- Exam 70–291: Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure. 
- Exam 70-293: Planning and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure.  
- Exam 70-294: Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure.  
- Exam 70-298: Designing Security for a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network.

 

More about the Imagine Cup in Ireland

I've written before about the Imagine Cup competition, which challenges students around the globe to imagine a better world empowered by technology.  This year, Microsoft Ireland is bringing together a group of leading organisations, including the Irish Computer Society, to support the first year of the competition in Ireland.