The Imagine Cup 2011 Worldwide Finals take place in New York July 8-13. Meanwhile you can already cast your vote for the People's Choice Award which is for a $10,000 prize.
The Imagine Cup 2011 Worldwide Finals will be held in New York City. More than 400 students, comprising 124 student teams from 73 countries will gather from July 8-13 for the final stages of the competition. However voting is already open for the People’s Choice Award in which the team with the most "likes" by July 12, 2011 at 21:00 GMT will win $10,000 USD.
In the video below Eva Longoria invites you to visit the Gallery where you can view the 100 or so presentations that have been submitted by teams that have already won competions in their respective countries. You can vote once per day until the deadline.
pick a project that addresses an issue that is important to you, or show your pride by voting for your national team
Somasegar also comments:
I have been involved in the competition for all of its nine years, and each year, I am astounded by the caliber of the projects. The creators aren’t just innovators, but busy students. And yet, they manage to develop projects that could make a difference in the lives of many.
He also points to some trends in this year's entries:
75% of all software design projects utilize Windows Phone 7 in new ways, such as diagnosing disease and enhancing healthcare.
Half of the software design projects use Windows Azure as a way to scale and share data in their solutions.
Microsoft Research does some interesting work in computational photography and has just released a new version of Image Composition Editor, a tool that can stitch photos together in amazing ways. [ ... ]