Recap: Imagine Cup 2011 US Finals

One of my favorite events happened from April 8th-11th, the Imagine Cup US Finals! I could tell you that I’m blogging about this two weeks after the event to keep it on everyone’s mind as long as possible and that would sound really good. But let’s be honest, I haven’t been very good at blogging lately (and when I say lately, I mean the two months since my last post), so it’s really that I hadn’t gotten around to blogging about the Imagine Cup US Finals.

I didn’t blog the event in real-time, but I did get to host some really cool videos about the event. If you’re short on time, these are a great way to get a feel for the US Finals.

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If you have a bit more time, check out the following blog posts from two fantastic bloggers did: Patrick Godwin, a Microsoft Student Insider that covered the event, and Alfred Thompson, the Microsoft Academic Developer Evangelist for K-12 in the US. They each did a great series about the entire weekend.

From Alfred

Imagine Cup Stories: A pre-US Finals post highlighting some great stories from Imagine Cup participants and mentors.

US Imagine Cup Finals 2011– Up and Running: Read about the opening events for the finalists and some of the benefits of getting to the US Finals.

Final US Imagine Cup Teams Announced – 2011: Overview of some of the training sessions available to finalist during the weekend and the final four teams in each competition. 

Champions for The US Imagine Cup 2011: Winners!

From Patrick

2011 US Imagine Cup Finals–Day 1: Hobnobbing with Microsoft Vice Presidents, ice breakers to meet other competitors and getting some awesome swag, what to expect on the first evening of the Imagine Cup.

2011 US Imagine Cup Finalists Announced: Final four teams in each competition.

2011 US Imagine Cup Finals–Final Day Presentations: An overview of the XNA Game Design finalists and an interview with XozGaming.

2011 US Imagine Cup Finals–Keynote Speakers: A write-up of Bill Buxton’s and Jane McGonigal’s keynote speeches and interviews with Chris Pirillo and Bill Buxton.

Both bloggers spent time with the XozGaming Team. Check out Alfred’s post and Patrick’s post.


Want to get involved in the Imagine Cup? Now is a great time to start brainstorming for a project for Imagine Cup 2012!!

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