I'm honored to be one of four judges for the Imagine Cup 2009 Worldwide Finals in Cairo, Egypt. This is the second time I've been a judge, the first being last year in Paris.
This year's finals will run from July 2-9, 2009.
The object of the IT Challenge competition is to highlight the art and science of developing, deploying, and maintaining IT systems that are efficient, functional, robust and secure. IT professionals have a base set of tools and techniques, but still have to work through customer needs and configurations that require an intimate understanding of how the pieces fit together. They also need to know how far the systems can be pushed before they will break, and how to make the systems highly available, so that they are always available.
Competitors will have 24 hours to complete a real-world scenario. The competition will involve almost the entire stack of Microsoft technologies, where competitors will actually implement their solutions.
I'll be blogging about the competition and our travels to Cairo and London here. If you would like to see real-time updates, you can follow me on Twitter. We leave on Sunday and will arrive in Cairo Monday, June 29.
Looking forward to a great time!