First published on MSDN on Jul 31, 2014
Today at the Imagine Cup World Finals, we're in someplace special: a giant white tent on a soccer field at the Microsoft Commons! The Imagine Cup Showcase here at Microsoft global headquarters is where our teams are competing today but it's also where Microsoft staff are coming to check out the projects. We had a huge crowd last night of Microsoft technical evangelists, lining up at our students' booths to see what they've made. It's a thrilling opportunity for the students to tell their stories, get experience pitching their project, and for our staff to see just what makes Imagine Cup so special.
We've just concluded our second day of competition with the hands-on judging. Each judge spent fifteen minutes with each team, trying out their project directly and having an informal conversation about what they saw. Then each judge moved on to the next team and repeated this for the rest of the process, so that in the end every team spent 15 minutes with every judge in their contest.
Whew! It's a lot of work, but as we heard from World Finalist students last year, it's some of the most valuable time they'll spend all week. The chance to get face time with each judge directly, getting valuable questions and feedback, is something our students really value.
This marks the end of our competition, so now we'll just need to tally up scores and determine who won for our World Championships event tomorrow.
We do have exciting news to share! At the end of our hands-on judging, our students assembled in the showcase tent on the Microsoft campus. It was time for Microsoft staff to come through and see the students' projects. We took that opportunity to announce the winning teams for two of our great partner awards, and here they are!
won a $25,000 Facebook advertising credit for their project Ladybug, a household electricity monitoring and automation project that beautifully integrated Facebook functionality into their community features.
Will any of them also take home a first, second, or third place trophy? Find out tomorrow at 0830 Pacific time right here on our homepage when the Imagine Cup World Championships livestream kicks off. It's going to be incredible!