Feeds

Imagine a cup

Microsoft's annual student compo

SANS - Survey on application security programs

Students – do you want to be rich, famous, and get a proper curry? If so, then the fourth appearance of Microsoft’s annual competition, the Imagine Cup, may be for you.

For those who haven’t heard of the event before, this is an annual competition offering students from across the world the chance to vie for a whole bunch of goodies, such as xBoxes, and get the chance to take a share in a $125,000 prize fund. There are six competitions, or "Challenges", running as part of the competition. These include making a short film, designing a user interface, coming up with an algorithm, writing a simulation program, and demonstrating proficiency in the science of networks, databases and servers. All of these Challenges have a top prize of $15,000.

Top of the pile however, and a Challenge that could well interest student readers of Reg Developer, is the $25,000 prize pot that will go to the team winning the Software Design Challenge. The objective here is to create some software technology that "facilitates a healthier lifestyle".........perhaps a Supermarket Health Card that checks what you should buy with what you have bought and loudly calls you names at the checkout when you get it wrong?

Student entrants – in teams of two to four with an academic mentor – have to use Microsoft’s .NET Framework and Windows platform and are "expected to demonstrate how their technology will make a real difference in the lives of people everywhere".

That covers the fame and fortune aspect, but the curry? Well, stage one of the event is a series of national finals around the world, with a clutch of prizes for those winners. The world finals, however, are being held in Delhi, India, during August next year. The UK winners will be mentored by Microsoft on the run up to those finals.

Students looking to enter the UK leg of the Cup should have a look at the event's website. Submissions have to be in by March 1, next year.®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices
Redmond also brings Office into Google's back yard
Oh no, Joe: WinPhone users already griping over 8.1 mega-update
Hang on. Which bit of Developer Preview don't you understand?
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Half of Twitter's 'active users' are SILENT STALKERS
Nearly 50% have NEVER tweeted a word
Internet-of-stuff startup dumps NoSQL for ... SQL?
NoSQL taste great at first but lacks proper nutrients, says startup cloud whiz
IRS boss on XP migration: 'Classic fix the airplane while you're flying it attempt'
Plus: Condoleezza Rice at Dropbox 'maybe she can find ... weapons of mass destruction'
Ditch the sync, paddle in the Streem: Upstart offers syncless sharing
Upload, delete and carry on sharing afterwards?
New Facebook phone app allows you to stalk your mates
Nearby Friends feature goes live in a few weeks
Microsoft TIER SMEAR changes app prices whether devs ask or not
Some go up, some go down, Redmond goes silent
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.