Imagine Cup 2011 World Finals: US Competitors Make Strong Start, Advance to Second Round

Randy Guthrie – Microsoft Academic Developer Evangelist

The first round of competitions at the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2011 World Finals were held today at the Marriott Marquis Hotel at Times Square New York.  Five teams are representing the United States: Notetaker (Software Design), Syntax Errors (Embedded Design), The Life Lens Project (Windows Phone 7), Team Dragon (Mobile Game), and IC Squared (Silverlight Game). Each of the teams presented to an international panel of four judges.  The Game and Embedded competitors uniquely have a two-part presentation. This morning they gave a formal PowerPoint-type presentation. The Notetaker and Syntax Errors teams both advanced to the second round and will be presenting to a larger panel of judges (six) today (Sunday).

Team Dragon from Rice University presents their game for Asthmatic children “Azmo the Dragon”.
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Syntax Errors from Santiago Canyon College in Calfornia presents their Embedded Development project “FRED”. FRED is a portable post-disaster command center.
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Notetaker from Arizona State University presents their Software Design project to help blind students take notes in class.Imagine Cup New York 017

ICsquared from Ithaca College in New York presents their game “Embryonic” to a panel of judgesImagine Cup New York 020

Syntax Errors team minutes before the announcement about their advancing to the second round of the Embedded Competition.Imagine Cup New York 017

The Life Lens Project team at the team advancement announcement
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Notetaker reacts to advancing to the Software Design second round
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Notetaker on the stage at the stage at the announcement ceremony
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