The Imagine Cup 2010 competition had its final presentations last night here in Poland and the Software Design Competition was keynoted by the President of Microsoft International, Jean-Philippe Courtois. It is always wonderful to see such high ranking Microsoft executives join the Imagine Cup competition, cheer on the competitors, and really make the event special for the students who have worked hard the past year to win their local country final competition, and to compete on the international level at the finals.
The Software Design finals lasted 3-1/2 hours with each of the final 6 teams having 20 minutes to present their software solution, and 10 minutes for the 6 judges to ask questions. If you wish to watch the final competition presentation and see the projects each of the team created, Paolo Tosolini streamed the final competition from his mobile phone with the content stored up on http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/8131351
The 6 judges that scored the finalists to determine which team takes home the Imagine Cup grand prize of $25,000 included:
After 3-1/2 hours of presentations, the judges spent the next hour deliberating that resulted in the Top 3 rankings in the world. The awards will be announced this evening at the Warsaw Opera House, the largest stage in Europe and the site of the Imagine Cup 2010 Worldwide Final Awards Ceremony.
I’ll blog the awardees later today!
Rand Morimoto has been in the computer industry for more than 30 years and has authored, co-authored, or been a contributing writer for a couple dozen books on Microsoft Windows, Security, Exchange email, BizTalk Server, and remote and mobile computing. Rand is the president of Convergent Computing, an IT consulting firm that has been one of the key early adopter program partners with Microsoft, implementing beta versions of Microsoft technologies 2-3 years before the product releases to the public. This provides Rand and the consultants in his company extensive knowledge on the technologies long before the products are generally available.
Besides speaking at more than 50 conferences and conventions around the world in the past year on tips, tricks, and best practices on planning, migrating, and implementing technologies, Rand is also head judge for the worldwide Imagine Cup competition, is a Board member for the Chabot Space and Science Center and planetarium, and a Regent for the Board of Saint Mary's College of California.
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