I am writing this entry as I sit in my hotel room in
I was here to do a keynote to kickoff the TechEd and PDC events in
I wanted to share a couple of stories with you that I encountered as I was talking to the finalists and winners here in
The team which won the Software Design category this year is a team from
There were students from
The finals for the algorithms category included a 30-hour marathon session for the finalists to solve complex problems in 7 different categories. Some of the students worked straight through for 30 hours. A student from
One thing that I realized clearly today – it is the participation that matters. Winning is great and something that we all strive for. However, the experience that these students have gained by participating in this event, working hand in hand with other like minded students who are passionate about using technology to solve real-world problems is just a memorable and like one student put – life changing experience.
Below is a picture from the event with Raj (a Group Program Manager in the C# team and me) standing in front of an interesting car at the venue of the event earlier today.
Sometimes, when I am faced with some hard problem or at the end of a hard week, I do wonder about what I am doing. But then I participate in events like today and I realize why I do what I am doing day in and day out. It is all about putting technology in the hands of the people and letting them use technology in a highly productive way to help them solve whatever they want to go solve.
Congratulations not only to the worldwide champions and the winners – but to each and over one of the tens of thousands of students who participated in the Imagine Cup 2004 event.
Next year, the Imagine Cup event is going to be held in