Windows Phone Resources
The Imagine Cup Twitter Chat was very well received; we’re so glad you were able to get some questions answered from John Scott Tynes, Imagine Cup Competition Manager and Sally Buberman, Imagine Cup alumna and entrepreneur. For those of you who missed the chat, not a problem. We’ve highlighted the top Q&A below, so that you can better understand the Imagine Cup competition and its resources. If you have any more questions there a couple of different avenues you can take in order to get an answer:
My name is Fabian Hurnaus and I am 17 years old. I attend the BBS-Rohrbach in Austria.
About six months ago my teacher in Software Development invited me to visit a Windows Phone Developer Conference for students. Before my visit to this Conference I was not a big fan of Windows Phone (to be honest, the main reason why I joined the event was the free pizza afterwards).
Against all my expectations the event was awesome. I learned so many new things and at the end I won a Nokia Lumia 800. Back at home I started to write my first "Hello World" application for Windows Phone. The following weeks I developed some small Windows Phone applications and XNA games.
When and where did you participate in Imagine Cup?
My journey in Imagine Cup was spread over 4 years. The first year I was part of the crowd watching the amazing teams and their projects being presented at the national finals of Imagine Cup in New Zealand. I decided right then and there that not only was I going to take part and work on a project that makes a difference, I would also win the Imagine Cup globally; this was in 2009.
I won the Imagine Cup in New Zealand 2 years in a row with two different projects and then went on to win 3rd and the top 6 spot at the Worldwide Finals in 2010 and 2011 (Poland and New York). I then mentored a team from India to win across all categories in Imagine Cup India Finals who won the Global People’s Choice award in 2012 (Australia).
Next week (September 24-28), we will be sharing all things Imagine Cup on the Worldwide Microsoft Student social media pages: Microsoft Student Facebook and @MS_Student Twitter handle.
Join our first ever Twitter chat hosted by Microsoft Imagine Cup Competition Manager, John Scott Tynes, and Imagine Cup alumna, Sally Buberman. On September 26th from 10-11 am PDT, John and Sally will be answering your questions via Twitter, so be sure to follow the hashtag #imaginecup (and include the #imaginecup hashtag in your Tweets). Make sure to RSVP for all of the details.
Throughout the week we will be sharing helpful resources, alumni advice, information about past winners, how to get started and much more.
If you’re not familiar with Imagine Cup or are wondering exactly what the competition is, read below for more details and then get ready for tips and tricks about Imagine Cup all week long.
Throughout my academic career, I have always been advised to find an internship or part-time job to supplement my curriculum in order to “put those classroom skills to work”. Although I whole-heartedly believe in this advice and its benefits for students, I opted for a different course. My decision was based on my thoughts that internships traditionally provided an environment where students can learn and apply their skills, but rarely allowed them to move beyond a safety net to experience failure. Yes, failure. In essence, internships are generally careful crafted and guided programs. It is a safe choice – and for many, it is perfect for what they are looking for in their career development. In my opinion, however, it is really through competitions that students are truly able to put skills to work.