August 2011 - Posts

Imagine Cup - Learn New Skills. Make New Friends. Change The World.

The Microsoft Imagine Cup is the world’s premier student technology competition. It provides an opportunity for students to use their creativity, passion, and knowledge of technology to help solve global challenges and make a difference in the world. While competing for cash and prizes, students gain real-life experiences, make new friends, and change the world.


"I wish there had been an Imagine Cup when I was growing up. It gets people involved in seeing that software is changing the world."

- Bill Gates, Chairman, Microsoft

Now in its tenth year, the Imagine Cup has grown to be a truly global competition focused on finding solutions to real-world problems. 358,000 students representing 183 countries and regions registered for the Imagine Cup 2011 Competition. The Imagine Cup is one way Microsoft encourages the brightest young minds to join together and use technology to take on the toughest problems facing our world today.


“Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems.”
 Ending hunger and poverty  2  3  4  5  6  7  8

                                              United Nations Millennium Development Goals

This is the Imagine Cup 2012 Theme and students are tasked to apply their imagination and passion to create technology solutions aligned to this Theme and solve the problems shown in the pictures[1-8] and become part of the solution.

    everest-stream-big        national_flag_of_nepal      nepal

“So Innovators from NEPAL get ready for the Imagine Cup 2012 to give The Best of The Best with the greatest ideas to solve the world’s toughest problems”


The "Cup" Around The World!

The Imagine Cup was founded in 2003 and has traveled the world westward from Barcelona, Spain to Sao Paolo, Brazil to Yokohama, Japan to New Delhi, India to Seoul, South Korea to Paris, France and down to Cairo, Egypt, up to Warsaw, Poland and in 2011, west to New York City, USA and 2012 its Australia.



Student teams from around the world competed in nine categories and Team Hermes from Sligo Institute of Technology in Ireland took top honors in the Software Design category. Over 350,000 students globally took part in the competition over the past months, leading to the Worldwide Finals in New York City July 8-13.

Imagine Cup 2011 - New York, United States

· 350,000 registered from 183 countries and regions

· 128 finalist teams:

Competition Categories

Teams Members

Software Design 67
Embedded Development 20
Game Design (Windows/ Xbox) 5
Game Design (Mobile) 5
Game Design (Web) 5
Digital Media 6
Windows Phone 7 5
IT Challenge 6
Inter-operability Challenge 3
Orchard Challenge 3
Windows 7 Touch Challenge 3

The Imagine Cup 2011 Winners:

Software Design Winning Teams:

software design

Software Design First Place Winners: Team Hermes from Ireland

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[PHOTO: Team Hermes from Ireland wins the software design competition in this years' Imagine Cup worldwide finals. Credit: Microsoft ]

Embedded Development Winning Teams:

embeded technology


Taiwan’s Team NTHUCS sets up their display booth at the Imagine Cup 2011 Worldwide Finals. The team won the Embedded Development contest with project RIGHT!! This Way, which computes the safest fire escape routes in real time as detected by a wireless sensor network.

[PHOTO: Team NTHUCS wins the embedded development competition]

Game Design
Game Design - Windows/Xbox Winning Teams:



Signum Games
Brazil’s Team Signum Games demos their winning Game Design – Windows/Xbox entry "UCan," a strategy game that invites players to solve urban problems involving health, education and the environment.

[PHOTO: Team Signum wins the Game Design – Windows/Xbox competition]

Game Design - Web Winning Teams:



Members of Poland’s Team Cellardoor demo "The Book of Elm" for the judges. The game, which won the Game Design – Web category, illustrates the importance of taking care of the environment in everyday life through the interactive story of Elm, a creature on a quest to fix the mistakes done by people around the world.

[PHOTO: Team Cellardoor wins the Game Design – Web competition]

Game Design - Mobile Winning Teams:



Team Geeklogic from France won the Game Design – Mobile contest with "Brainergy," a Windows Phone 7 puzzle game in which the player has to solve different challenges based on renewable energy.

[PHOTO: Team Geeklogic wins the Game Design – Mobile competition]

Digital Media Winning Teams:

digital media

Windows Phone 7 Winning Teams:

windows phone 7


In the Windows Phone 7 category, Korea’s Team HOMERUN took first place with Peekaboo, an application designed to help family members communicate with each other through a treasure-hunt game.

[PHOTO: Team HOMERUN wins the Windows Phone 7 Competition]

IT Challenge Winning Individuals:

it challenge

Interoperability Challenge Winning Teams:


Orchard Challenge Winning Teams:


Windows 7 Touch Challenge Winning Teams:


2011 People's Choice Award Winning Team:

people choice

Register today for Imagine Cup 2012!

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Posted: 08-21-2011 12:15 PM by Deepak Bhattarai with no comments

Why Get Microsoft Certified?

Choosing a certification path or your career path is all about your journey: where you are today and where you want to be tomorrow and Microsoft Certification provides you the path for your journey. Earning a Microsoft Certification validates your experience and knowledge in using Microsoft products and solutions. Microsoft certifications help you to differentiate yourself from other people. It polishes your CV and makes it more valuable and standard.

it pro  Microsoft certified pro    system engineer  mcts

Whoever you are either Students or Non-Certified Professionals or Microsoft Certified Professionals Microsoft Certification can help you get a head-start on your IT career.


Student talk about Microsoft Certification


                 Students: Steve Markovitch, Genevieve L’Esperance and Amaanullah Parker


First Step you should keep in Mind before heading towards Certification:

Who you are??? Are you a student? New to certification? Already certified? Are you interested in developing software, deploying it, or using desktop applications and services? Microsoft Certifications are available for most Microsoft technologies and skill levels, from students to business workers to IT professionals, developers, technology trainers, and system architects.

Second Step:

Microsoft Certifications are available for most Microsoft technologies and all skill levels. So, you decide How you want to start your journey???


The various Microsoft Certification tracks:

1 architest

Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA)
The Microsoft Certified Architect program recognizes and provides advanced certification to practicing architects in an enterprise setting.



2 master

Microsoft Certified Master (MCM)
The MCM program helps experienced IT professionals demonstrate and validate their ability to successfully design and implement solutions that meet the most complex business requirements.


3 it pro

Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP)
An MCITP certification demonstrates comprehensive skills in deploying, supporting, and optimizing IT infrastructures.


4 professional developer

Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD)
An MCPD certification demonstrates comprehensive skills in designing, developing, and deploying applications for a particular job role.


5 tech specialist

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
The MCTS certification helps enable IT professionals to target specific technologies and to distinguish themselves by demonstrating in-depth knowledge and expertise.


6 associate

Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)
An MTA certification helps students explore career options in technology, prepare for advanced studies and MCTS exams, and demonstrate fundamental knowledge of hardware or IT infrastructure or software technology.


If you are STUDENT then???

If you are a student interested in IT careers, get a head start by earning a Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification in Windows, Microsoft Visual Studio, or Microsoft SQL Server. Becoming an MTA can help you explore your potential for a career in technology.

If you are confident in your IT knowledge, you can begin by earning the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certification.

If you are interested in a business career, start with a core Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification in Office Word, Office Excel, or Office PowerPoint.


Microsoft Technology Associate Certification Paths


So Guys Get Microsoft Certified. Your IT career begins here and now.

It’s your time to shine…


Visit Microsoft Student Career Portal for more info about Microsoft Certification > Microsoft Learning > Certification > Microsoft Certification Overview

Posted: 08-19-2011 2:02 PM by Deepak Bhattarai with no comments