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.
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.
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My name is Luan Quoc Tran. I’m a Vietnamese Students at Michigan State University. I have developed Windows Phone apps for a few months. That’s not a long time, but I hope my experiences are helpful and inspire fellow students.
What inspired you to start developing? What age were you when you started?
Since smartphones weren’t really popular in my country (at least when I was in high school), I didn’t get a smartphone until I went to college in the U.S. After only a few days of using my Android phone, I was really impressed by the amazing way that it assisted me with my studies and work.