Every year Microsoft sponsors the Imagine Cup and throws a challenge to students around the world. The competition is intense, and each participating country will send one team to represent it in the finals - this year in France.
This year's theme is "The Environment" and Microsoft is calling on young programmers, artists and technologists around the world to "imagine a world where technology enables a sustainable environment."
The challenge is for students to bring their ideas to life in a competition that comprises nine categories, each catering to a different technological or artistic affinity. Studentsí work will reflect valuable, real world solutions, while giving them the opportunity to compete for cash prizes.
We had a quick chat with Team Phoenix, one of the four teams participating in the New Zealand finals and aiming at representing New Zealand in the world finals. Keep an eye open for other articles in this series.
Hi Lorenzo, Nice to meet your Team. Can you introduce Team WebStuffDone?
The WebStuffDone team consists of Brady "The Toolman" Thomas who is the Solutions Visionary and Chief Enthusiast; Myself, Lorenzo "Gifted" Green, I have taken on the role of Business/Marketing Director and Designer. Matt "Lover not" Hayter is the Communications Guru and Cheif Executive; Matt "King Kode" Thomas is the Code Monkey and Director of Operations. Brendon "Toast Master" Ford is our industry mentor who was been so inspiring and incredibly helpful throughout this project.
Congrats on entering Imagine Cup 2008 New Zealand Finals. How did you find Round 1?
It was an awesome experience, we were all pretty excited. Our presentation ran very smoothly, and we got good feedback from everyone that was there.
Is this your first year with Imagine Cup?
Unfortunately yes, would of been great to have competed in a few more. However this looks like it's going to be the first and last for all of us.
What motivated your team to participate in Imagine Cup competition?
Our company, Webstuffdone, is establishing a brand/business profile for success. What better way to do this than receiving global attention on our first venture?
What is your Imagine Cup 2008 project about?
Play our online quiz at www.WhoWantsToSaveTheWorld.com. Answer some environmental questions correctly. Earn 100pts. We plant a tree. Saving the world is that simple.
Many are anxious to hear about WebStuffDone in technical terms. Can you explain them for them?
We have leveraged ASP.NET 2.0, Facebook Markup Language, AJAX, C# and Web Services to deliver a fun, practical and empowering solution that makes "saving the world" as easy as just a few clicks.
What tools are you using to develop WebStuffDone?
Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 / Sql Server 2008 for development. Photoshop for graphics.
Are there any plans for WebStuffDone after Imagine Cup?
I'm glad you asked. We are hoping to develop one of the top 10 most popular websites in New Zealand. Then we hope to push it globally.
How are the preparations going on for the New Zealand finals?
We've been ready for a few weeks now (cough cough).
Do you blog about WebStuffDone?
Be sure to visit whowantstosavetheworld.spaces.live.com - There hasn't really been many updates because of what was said in the last question, but will try keep it a lot more active in the upcoming week.