Couple of weeks ago, I sat down with Unni Ravindranathan, who organizes Imagine Cup Interface Design Competition. He is also a program manager at Expression Blend team. I asked him about the experience of Imagine Cup, the different competing phases of the Interface Design category, the judging criteria, and some past winning projects. You can download our conversation here or listen to it on the podcast control below (make sure you have Silverlight plug-in installed).
Here is the competition invitational:
"The Interface Design invitational challenges designers all over the world to create useful and compelling user interfaces that are unique and forward thinking. Participants have the opportunity to dream of an application that connects to the 2008 theme of the Imagine Cup: "Imagine a world where technology enables a sustainable environment." Competitors can show the world how their skills can bring the theme to life. Innovating and envisioning revolutionary interfaces are the goals. Get away from traditional user interface approaches. Rethink the way we behave when in front of a computer screen."