Imagine Cup 2008

Thursday, January 3, 2008
I'm very proud to be a co-captain for this year's Imagine Cup IT Challenge in Paris, France. Last year I participated as an exam writer and round 2 judge for Imagine Cup 2007 that was held in Seoul, Korea.

The Imagine Cup started five years ago, and already more than 100,000 students from over 100 countries and regions have competed. This year, more students than ever will be looking for victory in the nine competitions set up under three main categories, each reflecting this year’s theme.

The IT Invitational highlights the art and science of developing, deploying, and maintaining IT systems that are efficient, functional, robust and secure. In most scenarios, IT professionals have a base set of tools and techniques, but still have to work through custom needs and configurations that require an intimate understanding of how all the pieces fit together. IT professionals also have to know how to manage, administer, monitor, and maintain the systems for ongoing network security and reliability.

The IT invitational challenges students to demonstrate their proficiency in understanding not only the theory of how Microsoft Windows-based networks and applications work, but also how to keep them working. This includes core file and print services, e-mail messaging, database systems, document collaboration and sharing, network virtualization, unified communications, and systems management.

Round 1 of the IT Challenge runs now until January 31, 2008.

Students can register for the IT Challenge on the Imagine Cup 2008 Competition Website. Check it out and good luck!