Know some students in high school or college who love to code? Why not talk to them about the Imagine Cup?
The imagine cup is a contest where students compete in categoreis like gaming, IT and software design. They can be from high school or college. Regional winners get a trip to New York for the international finals. This is the first time the finals have been hosted in the USA so we're obviously excited. I'd love to see a Florida team there. I'd REALLY love to see some Florida Dev Professionals mentoring up some teams. C'mon folks.
Basically go to the Imagine Cup Website and figure out what category you want to compete in. Then form a team of up to 4 students, 16 and older. Find a teacher or local professional type to mentor you. Register your team then get to work. Create a project plan and build some code for round one. At that point, projects are reviewed, and round two can commence. Judges review your prototypes or plans, and decide who makes the final in April for the USA. Finalists from the USA round move on the finals in NYC in the sumer.
More info available at the Imagine Cup Website. If you're from Florida and are putting a team together I'd love to hear about it. If you're interested in mentoring a team, let me know as well and I'll match you with any Florida teams in your area looking for help.
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