New opportunities for students to participate in this year’s Imagine Cup competition

I wanted to share my blog post from earlier today over on the Microsoft Blog.  As I’ve written before, I am a big fan of the Imagine Cup. It is a unique opportunity for students to showcase their creativity while getting real world experience in the tech industry and an incredible resource for educators to create excitement in the classroom.

There are thousands of students in more than 100 countries and regions competing right now to represent their country in the Imagine Cup worldwide finals in Poland coming up in July. I want to make sure you know it’s not too late to get involved:

1) Starting today and running through April 23, you can vote for your favorite idea among the U.S. finalist teams in the U.S. People’s Choice Award at

2) In addition to the People’s Choice Award, there are two new awards open for students from around the world to win a trip to the worldwide finals: they can create a video submission for the Envisioning 2020 Award or create a mobile application for the Windows Phone 7 Series “Rockstar” Award.
I’m looking forward to meeting the students at the U.S. Finals in Washington, D.C. in April and then those from around the world who have advanced through online, local and regional Imagine Cup competitions when they gather in Warsaw, Poland, at the Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals on July 3-8, 2010. 

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