UK Imagine Cup 2007



The local Imagine Cup software design finals are over once again. I was lucky enough to be involved, this year in a much more relaxed capacity doing "demo dolly" with my team mates showing the latest and greatest in developer tools and platforms, and also getting to give some last minute support to the final 3 teams presenting to the audience of students, academics and other VIPs.


Three teams got through to the final 3, after a grueling set of poster presentations to the judges, were:



  • The Seedlings, University of Hull
  • Comp-u-teach, University of Aberystwyth
  • Herts of Code, University of Herfordshire.

The theme this year is around improving education and each of the teams in the top 3 (and the other 8 in the final) created some really innovative ideas. I won't give you a run down on what each team delivered but they covered every angle I could think of from education tools for young kids wanting to learn to program through to rich media applications that aid international language learning.


Mark Quirk (Head of technology for Microsoft UK Developer and Platform) summed up really well what makes these students and the Imagine Cup in general so exciting, I'm paraphrasing a lot: "normal people live with problems every day from sitting in a traffic jam to world hunger,...., but the students here today go way beyond by solving them!". This is the kind of stuff I get really excited about, the fact that the students we saw today have the potential to be the next BillG, or Larry and Sergey, or Hewlett and Packard, etc. One great example of this is Team 3Pair from last year who have all since gone onto great things either here in the UK or gone out to the US - it was cool seeing Tom and James again, just pity Andy couldn't make it across the pond for a proper reunion.


And the 1-2-3 ordering was as follows:



  • The Seedlings, University of Hull
  • Comp-u-teach, University of Aberystwyth
  • Herts of Code, University of Herfordshire.

Yes, that's right, exactly the same order they came out and presented in (I did ask one of the judges if they just decided to stick with the order and have a relaxing cuppa instead but he said it was a nightmare decision as they were all so good). Well done Seedlings and good luck for Korea!


Hopefully we will see some blog entries go up over the next few days but the first one is from one of the stars of Herts of Code, Ben Hall. Seems he had an enjoyable time and I'm sure will benefit loads from the added exposure that the IC brings, maybe with the confidence of having presented in Chicago he'll be submittng a session for DDD 5.


 


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  1. Just got this video from the UK winners of the Imagine Cup Software Design finalists talking about the

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