Imagine Cup–registration and opening

Yesterday (Saturday 3d) was the registration and judges briefing day at the Palace of Culture and Science of Warsaw.

Judges briefing

The embedded Development competition I am following counts 15 teams coming from 15 different countries. I started meeting the students and was impressed by their determination and enthusiasm. They got the chance (going through the first 2 rounds of qualifications) to implement their solution to solve the toughest problems of the world. They received embedded hardware (iCop eBox) and spent the last months at developing innovative solutions to help blind people in their life, to monitor power consumption in a house, to detect materials in order to sort waste out, …

The opening ceremony was presented outdoors, just in front of the Palace of Culture and Science. Time to remind students that the simple fact that they made it to the finals, out of a total of over 300,000 submissions is already a victory. Jon Perera, General Manager in charge of Microsoft Academic gave a great speech that was followed by a concert of a local band.

Tomorrow will be the first day of competition. Students of the Embedded Development challenge will have to evolve in a situation that is very similar to a professional situation. They will have to do a PPT pith of their solution to the judges before running a demonstration of their product. I look forward to see what they came up with!

Say tuned to see what kind of devices will be showcased running Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3

Comments (2)
  1. jack says:

    hi! I have a question about the number of team entered the final round. if I was not in those 14 countries, wouldn't it mean the chance was lesser? beause there was a team not in those 14 countries in the final competition only this year. thank you.  

  2. @Jack

    Some countries are doing local judging and have the local winner accessing the finals. For countries not doing local judging, there is an all up judging of all the entries that will bring the best teams to the finals. For IC 2011 we will have 20 finalists for the Embedded Competition, meaning 6 finalists will come from countries not doing local judging.

    Note that the countries doing local judging are those having the most entries, meaning that at the end of the day, considering proportions of submissions per countries, the chances to get to the finals are fairly even whether you are in a country doing local judging (and competing agains x teams for 1 finalist seat), or in a country not doing local judginfg (and competing against 5x teams for 5 finalists seats).

    The goal is definitively to make sure that students from countries with less competitors get the same chance to make it to the finals as the others.


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