Steve Ballmer + Imagine Cup + Governor of PA = BEST DAY EVER!

Reason #157 to participate in the Imagine Cup: Show off your projects to Steve Ballmer and other VIPs!

Yesterday, Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft and Tom Corbett, Governor of Pennsylvania, were on hand to celebrate the opening of the new Microsoft Technology Center, in Malvern, PA.  As part of the event, two local Imagine Cup teams we able to demo their projects, and everybody was VERY impressed!

Dan Sullivan from Drexel shows off his Windows Phone 7 application  psu_group2

Imagine Cup Shirt group shot

Top: Dan Sullivan from Drexel Dragons presents his Windows Phone 7 application to Gov. Corbett, Steve Ballmer, Karen Del Vescovo, General Manager of MIcrosoft Mid-Atlantic, Bob Kuhns, MTC Director
Second: Gov. Corbett and Steve Ballmer watch as Derrick Hiestand and James Boyer from Penn State Abington demo their solution
Third: Derrick Hiestrand from Penn State Abington present Gov. Corbett with and Imagine Cup T-shirt
Bottom: PSU Abington students, with their professor, Joe Oakes, Zach Howitt and Dan Sullivan from Drexel and Lindsay Lindstrom, Microsoft Academic Developer Evangelist hang out with Microsoft Surface

Reason #432 to participate in the Imagine Cup: Look, Ma, I’m in the news!

The teams were such a big hit that they were featured in lots of news coverage, like the evening news from the local ABC station, WPVI (watch the video:  Not to mention, the Philadelphia Business Journal (, and NPR ( and more.  What is cooler than that?  Now, it’s time to polish their apps for Round 2 and we hope to see them at the US Finals in Seattle!

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