Calling All Industry Professionals for the Imagine Cup

I got an email this morning from my friend Matt Hester – followed by one a little later from Jennifer Marsman – about volunteer opportunities for the Imagine Cup.

As I mentioned in my post “Why Microsoft + Being a Student = Awesome“, the Imagine Cup is a great chance for students to show off their skills and solve problems using technology.  There are competitions focusing on different aspects of technology, including:

It’s not just a developer’s world – there are challenges for our designer and IT counterparts as well!
To all of you who are in the industry, the Imagine Cup needs us.  While the students are doing the work and working with their faculty mentors, they also need mentors from those of us in the field, in the real world, putting our skills to use outside of a classroom.  Whether you’re an IT guy who’s doing desktop support or even playing with PowerShell… or maybe you’re a designer who builds UIs that others use… or yes, maybe you’re a developer who has an interest in software design, embedded development, or games programming… the Imagine Cup wants you.  As industry advisors, we can help the teams to steer them in the right direction, lending real world perspectives, and encouraging the students to join the community.  So if you have a few hours to inspire those studying to be in our field, I highly recommend signing up to be an industry advisor.
Signing up is easy!  Here’s how to do it:
  1. Go to
  2. Click “Get Started”
  3. Fill in your details
    • For the User Type field, select “Industry Professional”
    • For the school, start typing the name of a school you’d like to work with and the list of schools will appear after a few characters.
  4. Once submitted, you’ll get more information via email.
So what are you waiting for?  Become an Imagine Cup Industry Advisor and make a difference in the future of our industry!



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