Imagine Cup 2010


imageToday we visited 2 FE Colleges (SERC and BMC) to talk about and deliver a presentation on the Imagine Cup 2010 Competition. As you may remember, I’ve done some blogs on past competitions in 2009 and 2008. The Imagine Cup encourages young people to apply their imagination, their passion and their creativity to technology innovations that can make a difference in the world – today. Now in its eighth year, the Imagine Cup has grown to be a truly global competition focused on finding solutions to real world issues. Take a minute to learn more about the Imagine Cup’s 2010 Theme.

There are 5 Competitions

image Software Design

Does the idea of creating an application that can be used by real people around the world challenge you? Consider entering the Software Design competition and show the world what you can do. This is for the best programmers, thinkers, and solution builders to go after the really tough problems. It’s a chance to start competing locally, show off your skills and then hopefully advance to the global stage at the Worldwide Finals. You and up to three friends form a team and apply your creative genius to creating a solution inspired by the 2010 Theme. Create innovative software and service solutions that unleash the power of technology to benefit your area or … the entire planet.

Game Design
Game Design is where art and science come together. Through the Imagine Cup, you can learn and advance toward a career as a game developer or entrepreneur. Use 3D or 2D, make it multi-level or single player but don’t forget one crucial thing – you have to take on the 2010 Theme in your game.  How about creating a game that is accessible for users with disabilities or an educational experience for children to learn about the environment? Join up to three of your friends and build a complex and full game experience, using Microsoft’s XNA Game Studio 3.0, Visual Studio and/or Silverlight.

Digital Media

The world sees video everywhere. Our photos are online for our friends to view and every day we are checking out the latest cool media files. Today, you get to be that someone. You and one friend team up to create a web video submission. Use the internet to share your point of view, explain, and touch on issues in our global society that relate to the 2010 Theme. Go big, go viral and get the world to stand up and take notice of what you have to say. You’ll be judged not just on your incredible video content, but also on the number of votes you receive

Embedded Development

Embedded devices are becoming smarter, more powerful, and woven seamlessly in to our everyday lives. Get ready to go beyond the PC desktop and work in both hardware and software to build an exciting solution using Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3 plus a provided embedded platform. Are you ready to push the envelope of where you can apply embedded technology to improve the world around you?

IT Challenge

Systems are behind everything technical thing we do: from a single computer to massive enterprise infrastructures.  The IT Challenge asks you to become a master at making those systems work. You will be tested on your knowledge, faced with unique scenarios and diverse customer needs to solve at every twist and turn. If you make it to the end of this competition, you’ll attend the Worldwide Finals and be announced as the best of the best in the industry.


Included in the presentation were a few videos that I wanted to share with you. The 1st is an Imagine Cup video


The 2nd is the latest from the Microsoft Project Natal. I talked about this a year ago and the advancements are amazing. Is this the direction that multi-media and gaming technology is heading? If you want to hear what Steven Spielberg said CLICK HERE

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