Microsoft adds Windows Phone 7 awards to student competition

Microsoft has added a “Windows Phone 7 Rockstar Award” to the list of other competitions in its annual Imagine Cup programming competition for students, reports Prizes include up to $15,000 in cash, a Windows Phone 7 device for each team member, and an expenses-paid trip to the finals, scheduled for July 3-8 in Warsaw. The Imagine Cup is billed by Microsoft as “the world’s premier student technology competition,” challenging students “to apply their imagination, their passion, and their creativity to bring to life technology innovations that can make a difference in the world.” Replacing a Windows Embedded Student Challenge run by Microsoft in the past, the Imagine Cup’s key “Embedded Development” category asks teams of three or four competitors and a faculty mentor to develop an entry addressing the 2010 competition theme, “Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems.” Up to 15 winning teams will receive a free trip to Warsaw, where they’ll present their devices, competing for a $25,000 first place prize, $10,000 second place prize, and $5,000 third place prize. The Windows Phone 7 Rockstar Award challenges contestants to create Windows Phone 7 apps using either Silverlight or XNA. The applications “need to be designed with the consumer in mind and should be as visually compelling as possible,” Microsoft says. The five other special Imagine Cup rewards are Envisioning 2020, Internet Explorer 8, Interoperability, Next-generation Web, and Touch and Tablet Accessibility…

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