Randy Guthrie – Microsoft Academic Developer Evangelist
Today July 8th was the first day of the 2011 Microsoft Imagine Cup World Finals. For the first time the finals are being held in the United States. Previous years have been held in locations that include Japan, Brazil, India, France, Korea, Egypt, and Poland. Our day started at 7am with press briefings that included some of the student teams CNN, BBC, Reuters and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
Throughout the the day most of the 425 student competitors arrived at the various New York area airports and were brought by bus to the Marriott Marquis Hotel on Times Square; the venue for this year’s event.
The first event of the week is the “Opening Ceremony”. The highlight of the opening ceremonies was a high-energy keynote by Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft. The student competitors were especially excited with his announcement that they would all be receiving a Kinect to take home. This was Steve’s first Imagine Cup. The closer was Dennis Crowley, founder and CEO of Four Square.
Tomorrow at 8am the formal competition begins. More to follow…