Judge for 2010 Imagine Cup-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Judge for 2010 Imagine Cup-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Judge for 2010 Imagine Cup

Tony Wasserman, Professor of Software Management Practice at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley, participated as a final round judge in the Software Design category of the 2010 Imagine Cup, held this year in Warsaw, Poland. Microsoft sponsors the annual competition, which began in 2003, to get students involved in helping to address world problems by creating technology innovations.

According to the Imagine Cup website, “The Imagine Cup encourages young people to apply their imagination, their passion and their creativity to technology innovations that can make a difference in the world—today. Now in its eighth year, the Imagine Cup has grown to be a truly global competition focused on finding solutions to real world issues.”

More than 325,000 students from 100 countries participated, with winners selected for five categories: Software Design, Embedded Development, Game Design, IT Challenge, and Digital Media. The theme for the 2010 Imagine Cup called students to “imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems.”

The Imagine Cup defines those tough problems as those identified in the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals, “…ranging from reducing poverty and halting the spread of HIV/AIDS to providing universal primary education. The Imagine Cup [calls on] programmers, designers, and technologists to rise to this challenge and use these Development Goals as their inspiration.”

Contacted because he is an IEEE Fellow, Wasserman said, “It’s funny to be an open software guy in a competition where entrants are required to use Microsoft technology to build their solutions. However, the competition is about the applications and designs, not the tools used to build them.”

“There were 36 judges from around the world,” Wasserman explained. “Each entering country had its own preliminary competition and submitted one entry, and the judges made a first round review from video presentations. The final rounds for the selection of the winner were done in person.”