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Imagine Cup US 2010 Finals – Day Three (Community Showcase)

It’s time I complete my series of posts related to the Imagine Cup. And what a way to end a weekend. The event was held at the Newseum, in downtown Washington D.C., a magnificent venue that I highly recommend visiting. I arrived at about 8:30, and immediately got ready to blog. Some of you may have sat in on my live blog. I was lucky enough to have Microsoft’s Alfred Thompson and GenInc.Tv’s Genevieve L’Esperance join the live stream. They covered the Game Design competition while I sat and watched the Software Design presentations. I was happy to see such innovative projects, and quite frankly was blown away by most of the presentations.

After all of the presentations, I made my way up to the Community Showcase. This is where the competitors get to show off their projects to important individuals visiting the event. There were people from Microsoft, Government, and the Media all present at the event. One notable journalist in attendance was Brennan LaBrie, 10 year old reporter for Time For Kids magazine. I highly recommend you check out his blog, as he has covered some great events and has done an excellent job bringing back the stories.

Next thing I knew, the special guest had arrived. That’s right, James Cameron, director of Avatar and Titanic, visited the Community Showcase. He was ushered from team to team by his staff, but I was lucky enough to snag two minutes of his time:

(Please forgive the horrible quality of the video. We were in very tight quarters.)

Next, we made our way back down to the presentation rooms to hear the keynote speaker, Craig Mundie, Microsoft’s Chief Research and Strategy Officer. He spoke for a while about innovation and the future of technology. James Cameron also took the podium for a while, talking about what kind of technological innovation went into Avatar, and how Microsoft helped him create the movie.

And then it was time to find out who had won the competition. Mark Hindsbo, General Manger of Microsoft’s Developer and Platform Evangelism, took the stage once again to announce the winners of the GDI and SDI competition. The rankings were:

Software Design Teams

  • Grand Prize:     Mobilife, University of California, Davis
  • First Prize:        MangoBunnies, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, DePauw University
  • Second Prize:   Extraplaid, Utah State University
  • Third Prize:      Team Blob, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

Game Teams

  • Grand Prize:   To Be Announced, Central Piedmont Community College & U North Carolina
  • First Prize:      Coffee Powered Altruism, Yale University
  • Second Prize:  Ifrit Salsa, University of Houston
  • Third Prize:     LeveL 13, University of Houston

It was truly an incredible accomplishment for each of these teams, and they each did a fantastic job. Everyone quickly cleared the stage so the teams could have their photo op. I returned to the Community Showcase, where I caught up with Anthony Salcito for a quick follow up question:

After that, it was time for me to head home. I said my goodbyes to all of the awesome people I had met, and made my way to the airport with MangoBunnies, Diane Curtis, and a few other Microsoft developers. Next thing I knew, I was on my plane and returning to Port Huron.

I just wanted to conclude by giving a special thanks to Austin Stewart, Jessica Anderson, Hilary Pike, Diane Curtis, and Alfred Thompson. Thank you all so much for making my time in D.C. so fantastic.

Until next time,
Patrick Godwin