NYC Imagine Cup Kick Off – 11/04/2010 (and welcome Andrew Parsons)

Two big announcements to share with you today:  First off, the Imagine Cup is coming to NYC in 2011!  Second, Andrew Parsons is coming to NYC next week!

Who’s Andrew Parsons?

AndrewParsons And why am I addressing this first when I just said it’s the second announcement I have for today?  Hopefully, you’ll understand shortly… 

Andrew Parsons is my newest teammate at Microsoft. He is moving to the area (actually… Jersey!) all the way from Australia to join Rachel, Bob, and I on the local Microsoft Evangelism team as an Academic Developer Evangelist (ADE).  Actually, Andrew has been an Academic Evangelist with Microsoft for a while now down in Oz.  He’s just bringing his passion and love of all things tech here to students & faculty in the tri-state area.

As an ADE, Andrew will be working to inspire students to develop applications that will change the world and helping faculty adopt Microsoft development tools to teach computer science.  Some more about Andrew in his own words:

So what do you really want to know about me? Let me try to expand beyond the normal 140 characters I’m used to using to inform groups of people about my personal life… I’ve been in the IT industry for about 20 years – don’t quite remember punch cards, but my first personal computer when I was a kid had 4K of RAM, and the first language I used out of university was COBOL. I’ve done pretty much everything under the sun – everything from analyst to tester, architect to programmer, tech writer to web designer. I've been a gaming and technical journalist for both print and online, an author (although now look NOTHING like the photos of me on the front of the Wrox books!) and even managed to successfully launch a developer magazine in Oz that got syndicated in 20 countries worldwide. But everything I have done led me down an ever narrowing path that led to where I am now: getting people excited and enthused about technology.

So, while I managed to convince the senior management team of a Microsoft Partner to create a new role for me as Education Evangelist and started studying to be an High School IT teacher, Microsoft Australia gave one of my documents about the need for an ADE in Oz a read and gave me a shot at it. The rest, clichéd or not, is history.

The past two years have been the happiest of my entire career - as the ADE for Australia I got to travel the entire country, speaking to both faculty and students about how awesome technology is and how much awesomer Microsoft technology is, and how it's the awesomest to be using Microsoft technology in ways that change the world.

Looking forward to being part of the East Coast team!

As you might surmise from his bio, Andrew is a gamer and XNA developer. He will be using that gaming experience to be the Gaming Track Lead for the Imagine Cup, which brings us to the first announcement….

Inspiring Students To Change The World For The Better

imagineCup-logo-USA What is the Imagine Cup?

Imagine Cup is the world's biggest technology competition for students. Now in its ninth year, students from more than 70 countries around the globe come together to compete with solutions that aim to address the world's toughest problems, including child mortality, environmental concerns and women's rights.

For the first time since the competition began in 2001, the Worldwide Finals will be held in New York City. NYC will host the big event that brings the top 400+ students from around the world to compete in six primary technological areas plus multiple additional awards to recognize specific achievements.

If you’re a student or someone who works with students in the New York area and want to know what all the fuss is about around this Imagine Cup thing, please come to the NYC Imagine Cup kick off on Thursday November 4 at 5pm.  Andrew Parsons will be there, and he’d like to meet you and find out how you’re thinking about technology that can change the world.

The event will be held at St Francis College in Brooklyn Heights – check out the registration page for the details and to register yourself to attend.


From the registration page:

Please join us on November 4th to kickoff Imagine Cup here in NYC. We will hear from Peter Tripp, CTO of Robin Hood, about how we can inspire students to leverage technology to change the world. Along with Peter you will meet Andrew Parsons, the Microsoft Academic Developer Evangelist for NYC. Andrew will announce the upcoming training events for students where they will learn the latest development technologies for the phone and for the cloud that will help them prepare to compete in the Imagine Cup.

Peter Tripp Bio

Peter Tripp, CTO Robinhood Orginization

Peter serves as the Chief Technology Officer at the Robin Hood Foundation, which targets poverty in New York City by funding the most effective programs to achieve maximum results. As CTO, Peter is responsible for the transformation of capital; program and/or political, into technology in furtherance of the foundation’s mission of fighting poverty through platform optimization and scale of use.

Peter comes from the Unisys Corporation, Blue Bell, PA where he served as Chief Strategy Officer for the outsourcing division. He worked closely with key clients in leveraging technology to drive top line revenue growth initiatives that lead to sustainable business models. His team managed innovation blueprinting, portfolio analysis, and direction of a $4.5B business.

In addition to his corporate work, Peter has been involved in several startup ventures and continues to find excitement in the innovation of technology to solve big and small problems. He has presented at numerous conferences and has been recognized for his contributions by the industry with participation at the World Economic Forum and roles on strategic architect and advisory councils. He continues to work across several sectors in developing complimentary business models for substantive programs that intersect business, missions, passion and technology. He is an alumnus of Syracuse University and Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, where he also has been inducted as a Fellow.

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