Microsoft Announces Top Student Software Projects for 2012

Randy Guthrie – Microsoft Academic Developer Evangelist

This weekend Microsoft will host the Tenth Annual Imagine Cup software competition at the Microsoft campus in Redmond, WA. Twenty-two finalist teams from universities all over the United States will compete for cash prizes, bragging rights and a chance to represent the US at the Imagine Cup World Finals to be held in Sydney, Australia this coming July. Some of the top projects include a Kinect application that teaches math, a livestock monitoring solution that reduces the cost of milk production, and a mobile phone app that coordinates same-day deliveries of perishable food donations. Click here: to see a brief overview of the projects competing in this year’s competition and to vote on the one that you think has the most potential to have a positive impact on the world. Is your school or Alma Mater competing this year? Then vote every day to get your team to the top of the People’s Choice competition. The team with the most votes gets a guaranteed trip to the World Finals. If your school isn’t competing this year, then it’s not too early to start planning for next year’s competition. Microsoft’s Developer and Platform Evangelism group can come to your campus and hold workshops on all the latest Microsoft technologies including Windows 8, Azure (Cloud Computing Platform), Windows Phone and Kinect. Thinking about adding one of these technologies to your curriculum? Microsoft has lots of resources including projects, hands-on labs, PowerPoint lectures, and even a free hardware loaner program for your students; and watch your in-box for announcements about our Windows 8 early-adopter grant program to be formally announced in next few weeks.

Microsoft continues to make big investments in support of technology education, and the Imagine Cup is just one of the ways your students can show “their stuff”. Check out our finalists today, and start planning for your students to bring home the big prize next year.