What Word of Advice Would You Give to Imagine Cup Contestants?

This week, the University of Washington is sharing the role of host with Microsoft for this year’s World Imagine Cup Finals. The event acts as a moment in time for communities and universities across the globe to celebrate student entrepreneurship and creativity. Most importantly, it’s a ton of fun to watch. In fact, if you’re from the U.S….


3 Lessons on App Development You Missed from Microsoft Startup Bootcamp

Taking an app from an idea to an actual functioning prototype is a huge step in the journey of a startup. It’s likely that entrepreneurs with a game changing idea won’t face their biggest challenge executing code. Rather, paring down the concept to exactly what’s needed to deliver on a vision is the step that presents the biggest…


3 reasons You Don’t Want to Miss Dan’l Lewin’s Keynote at Startup Bootcamp

Today 15 teams of aspiring tech entrepreneurs begin a week-long startup bootcamp in Silicon Valley on their path to Imagine Cup. Participants will have the opportunity to work with successful startup leaders, expert mentors, and Microsoft executives as they make huge strides towards transforming their ideas for the next game-changing company into a reality.  An…

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Imagine Cup Champs Talk Strategy, Tips, and Career Planning

Developers sometimes feel that when it comes to their career they have a choice to make: build solutions for the greater good or focus on bringing home the bacon. We don’t think you have to choose one or the other, and we tracked down last year’s Imagine Cup winners to prove our point for us. …

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October Tech Student of the Month – Shashank Srinivas

October is reaching its end which means its come time to announce our next Tech Student of the Month! This month, we are pleased to highlight Shashank Srinivas, a striving scholar at Arizona State University and a member of Team Note-Taker, the second place winners of the 2011 Microsoft Imagine Cup competition in Software Design!…

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Paying for college in the new “Middle Ages”

The old adage “knowledge is power” is an agreed upon theorem in our society.  With the increasing tuition hikes on students, the barrier to entry in formal education can send the wrong message that only those with a lot of money can be educated, ergo “power is power”.  Can this still be as true in…


Entrepreneurship 101: VC Panel Tells Entrepreneurs What it Takes

Ever dream of being an entrepreneur but need to know how to get started? The “VC Panel” at the Microsoft Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals, held in NYC last month, was a practical how-to session on starting a company, and getting funding. The event connected student teams with investors, entrepreneurs, seasoned start-up founders, and inventors, including:…


Blind Ambition: A Story of Changing the World

If you had the chance to change the world, what would YOU Imagine? Meet David Hayden, a recent graduate of Arizona State University. Legally blind—David was having so much trouble taking notes in his new Math major, that he was close to failing. Instead, he decided to take matters into his own hands. Watch David’s…


An Inspiring Evening for the Imagine Cup: Worldwide Final Ceremony

At 4pm last night in NYC’s Lincoln Center, a packed auditorium waves flags, cheered, and impatiently waited for Microsoft’s Jon Perera, General Manager of the Education Group, to take the stage and kick off the finals. The U.S.A. teams, sitting together next to Microsoft executives’ stage left, waved the American flag and had expressions of…


Women Innovators Dinner: A Night full of Wisdom

Last night we were privileged to attend the Women Innovators Dinner at the Marriot Times Square Ballroom in NYC. Allison Watson of Microsoft introduced the panel and gave some background on her career and her group—which is 50% female. Watson is a Corporate Vice President of the U.S. Marketing & Operations Group and leads marketing…