Students from across the U.S. converged on the Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington, today for the start of the Imagine Cup 2011 U.S. Finals event. Tomorrow morning, all 22 finalist teams will have their chance to present their projects to the Imagine Cup judges in hopes of moving on to the Worldwide Finals in New York City.

 Judges will be looking for the students to showcase creative new ways to use technology to solve the world’s toughest problems. Hear from Steve Clayton, a judge at the Imagine Cup U.S. event this weekend, on what he’s looking for from the high school and college student competitors from across the country who are using technology to tackle the world’s problems:

 

 As part of the opening activities tonight, students had the opportunity to hear some great advice from Alex Kipman, General Manager of Incubation for Microsoft Xbox. "When someone tells you it’s impossible, code it and prove them wrong," Kipman said as part of his speech.  

Be sure to follow us on Facebook.com/MicrosoftTechStudent or on Twitter @MSTechStudent , @ImagineCup, and hashtag #ICUS on Twitter this weekend to stay up-to-date on the Imagine Cup US Finals event and learn who the winners are on Monday, April 11.

Team Note-Taker

Game Design competitors from the University of California, Riverside, Team Inspiration, spending some time in the Microsoft company store.

 

Team Bloom

Game Design competitors from Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy, Team Bloom, walking through the Microsoft visitor’s center sporting their new Imagine Cup bags.

Team Righteous Noodle

Team Righteous Noodle, Game Design competitors from the University of Houston, standing in front of their team banner.

 Check out our Flickr channel for additional photos of the Imagine Cup U.S. Finals event!

(re-posted from our Imagine Cup Blog)