Imagine Cup 2013 Opens with Larger Prizes

Last week Microsoft announced the opening of the 2013 Imagine Cup. This year there are thee competition and three challenges for students to enter. The prizes are larger as well with a top prize for each of the three competition being $50,000 (USD) and each of the challenges having a top prize of $10,000 (USD)….

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dream.build.play reminder

The dream.build.play challenge is still wide open for people looking to take their Windows Phone or Xbox 360 game to the next level and win some big prizes. Create a Game & Bring Your Ideas to Life It’s time for the Dream.Build.Play Challenge! Open to anyone over age 14, the playing field now includes both…

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2012 US Imagine Cup People’s Choice Voting

The voting is now open for the US Imagine Cup People’s Choice award. You can visit the web site on Facebook and view profiles of the 22 teams who are attending the US Finals and select your favorite. All the teams are great and or course made their way through a rigorous selection process. We…

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Why Universities Should Host High School Programming Contests

I finished up last week with a trip to Western New England University where they were running a high school programming contest. I love these events because I think they have real value for the students and the teachers who bring them. For the students the values start with seeing that they are not alone….

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Wouldn’t It Be Cool If…

Interesting new student competition from Time Warner Cable (TWC). As part of Connect a Million Minds (CAMM), the company’s five-year, $100 million commitment to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, TWC has launched Wouldn’t It Be Cool If…. This new STEM ideation competition challenges youth to use creativity and imagination to develop ideas that…

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Next Round Of Imagine Cup Deadlines Coming Up

The Imagine Cup series of competitions has a new round of deadlines coming up over the next two weeks. The good news is that the barriers to entry in most of these is low enough that students still have time to get their act together and enter. The Kinect Fun Labs Challenge and the Windows…

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National STEM Video Game Challenge TweetChat

The National STEM Video Game challenge kicked off a couple of months ago but it starting to come down to the wire. IF you missed the spring deadline for the Imagine Cup you can still enter this event though. Inspired by the Educate to Innovate Campaign, President Obama’s initiative to promote a renewed focus on…

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Microsoft Bliink 2012 Illinois Web Design Competition

Registration for the Microsoft Bliink 2012 Illinois Web Design Competition is now open. Bliink (http://bit.ly/Bliink) is open to Illinois students ages 13-19 participating in teams of two to four. This year’s competition is co-sponsored by Illinois Institute of Technology, Illinois Technology Association, and the Chicago Public Schools. We hope educators will include Bliink in their…

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The Rock Paper Azure Challenge is back

The Rock Paper Azure Challenge is back and you could win big! Play Rock, Paper, Scissors in the cloud for your chance  to win a trip to Cancun, an Acer Aspire S3 Laptop, a Windows Phone, or an XBOX 360/Kinect bundle! Entering is simple – create a player bot (sample code provided) and enter it…

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Big App On Campus

Microsoft announced a Windows Phone development contest for college/university students in the US (sorry about both the US only and the 18+ only – I’m just the messenger)  The full details with contest rules and other stuff may be found at  Do You Have What it Takes to be the Big App on Campus? but…

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