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Imagine Cup programmer-entrepreneur gathering

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Greetings to all hubr readers! This is my first publication, so a few words about myself.
I’m studying in Moscow State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics and it’s not unimportant I’m specialized in "Software for computing machinery and automated systems", so greetings, colleagues!
I am also a Microsoft Student Partner.
I would like to share my impressions about the interesting event that Microsoft has prepared for students.
On Saturday, January 29th the most active and advanced students spent a rich and exciting day at the Microsoft office. Everyone was attracted by the so-called programmer-entrepreneur Imagine Cup.
Imagine Cup programmer-entrepreneur gathering
Imagine Cup is an annual international student competition held in a number of categories. The competition on the one hand gives students the opportunity to realize their ideas in various fields, and on the other hand promotes communication and exchange of experience between students from all over the world.
As a rule, it’s not always easy to find "your" team or "your" idea, and the potential just beckons to fight. Either way, it’s not worth retreating!
Participants of the event, in the first part of the day, were invited to split into random teams (according to the numbers given out at registration), and for 20 minutes to come up with a solution to improve the performance of a particular global problem with the help of modern technology. The teams, made up of people who do not know each other yet, presented quite unexpected, interesting, and sometimes unconventional options in a short period of time.
Imagine Cup programmer-entrepreneur gathering
The second part of the day was devoted to independent team building. Many were able to voice their ideas to find like-minded people, some thought about the idea as a team, and there were those who were fully equipped with a team and an idea. For all the action was given 3 hours, during which it was necessary to wrap the idea in an appropriate shell. Namely: To formulate correctly the idea itself, to identify its usefulness, to think about the most correct means to solve the problem, and, subsequently, to present their project by means of a presentation and, perhaps, a prototype of the project.
What’s interesting, in my case, the team came up faster than the idea. But this did not stop us, and a completely different range of potential ideas came to mind. After thinking about mundane things, the idea of an interactive map of minibuses suddenly appeared. Why not keep track of exactly where the transport is, when it arrives, and no less importantly, how many seats are available. First of all we thought about how to justify the psychological factor of human expectations. When people know and have the information, and it turns out to be true, then it’s a better situation than when the schedule doesn’t live up to its purpose. And we called it all faseBus.
Imagine Cup programmer-entrepreneur gathering
Imagine Cup programmer-entrepreneur gathering
There were five projects submitted for judging, all focused on solutions to very different problems. There were topics of travel, ideas on how to make the city safer, options for the mutually beneficial use of cars in everyday life, methods to combat long waits for land transport and even a project for the development of children through origami.
Origami was the very unconventional idea, thought students of the MAI, which stood out. It is unexpected, interesting, and can not go unnoticed! Exactly they became the deserved winners by the results of the day.
Imagine Cup programmer-entrepreneur gathering
Speaking of judges. Among the small circle of judges was Ustyuzhanin, the team leader at ImagineCup 2005, as well as a judge of the international finals. A man with such an experience of refereeing, gave really the most relevant and useful advice. For what a special thank you from all participants of the event.
Imagine Cup programmer-entrepreneur gathering
Throughout the day, it was possible to consult with experts, speak out in a Twitter feed that was streamed on the screens, and just have a good time. In addition, the audience could learn about what other activities you can try to prove yourself. Maria Adamyan from the business incubator of the Higher School of Economics told about entrepreneurial activities in the life of students.
Imagine Cup programmer-entrepreneur gathering
Everyone was able to feel that to come up with an idea outline, to unite with strangers with one goal and achieve advancement, is real even in one day. Perhaps this event will help students decide to break into the world of IT-technology, not be afraid to develop their ideas and not waste their time.

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