Imagine Cup Student Competition 2009

The World’s Premier Student Technology Competition: Imagine Cup Student Competition 2009. Looks especially at the Information Technology Competition.

"I wish there had been an Imagine Cup when I was growing up. It gets people involved in seeing that software is changing the world."
--Bill Gates
Chairman, Microsoft Corp.

Everything that the world may become "someday" lies in the hands of young people today. As they look at the road ahead, their close relationship with technology enables them to dream in ways we never have before. Put the two together, and you have young minds holding the tools that can make their vision a reality.

This is the recipe that inspired Microsoft to create the Imagine Cup. What begins with a burst of inspiration and a lot of hard work can become a future software breakthrough, a future career, or a flourishing new industry. 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 sixth year, the Imagine Cup has grown to be a truly global competition focused on finding solutions to real world issues.

Open to students around the world, the Imagine Cup is a serious challenge that draws serious talent, and the competition is intense. The contest spans a year, beginning with local, regional and online contests whose winners go on to attend the global finals held in a different location every year. The intensity of the work brings students together, and motivates the competitors to give it their all. The bonds formed here often last well beyond the competition itself.



CDI grant awards 2008

List of CDI Awards

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The body is obsolete

Is this the future of Human-Computer Interaction?



Links for Lecture 8

Animals using tools:

Crow and Wire
Capuchin Monkeys (Windows Media).
More about Tool Use in Animals.

Opaque Technology

List of bad designs.
Design Guru Donald Norman and his publications.

Towards portable knowledge technology

Google SMS, here is the Manual. And what about Google in your Brain? It is coming soon.

Cyborgs in Movies

Blade Runner

Ubiquitous computing

Smart Shopping
Mark Weiser
Tokyo RFID Map. More details at InfoWorld.
social dynamics and coordinated human activity

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interactive fabrics

"A company called Luminex has hit on the idea of weaving fibre-optics into fabric, so the wearer can really light up a room when they enter it." Full article at BBC News.

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Surfing the Web with nothing but brainwaves.

"Kiss your keyboard goodbye: Soon we'll jack our brains directly into the Net - and that's just the beginning". Full Story at CNNMoney.com: Future Boy: This is your brain on Google

Video from CyberKinetics

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Networking from the craddle

A host of new sites, including Totspot, Odadeo, Lil’Grams and Kidmondo, offer parents a chance to invite friends and family to join and contribute to a network geared to connecting them to the baby in their lives. Full story @ NYTimes.com

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Give a laptop. Change the World



Lecture slides for Lecture 7 online

Lecture 7 - Modeling the World

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Wikipedia Visualizations

Wikipedia Visualizations and Emergent Mosaic of Wikipedian Activity


Language: a social history of words

Language evolved as part of a uniquely human group of traits, the interdependence of which calls for an integrated approach to the study of brain function, argue Eörs Szathmáry and Szabolcs Számadó. Full article @ Nature



Links for lecture 7

Turing Machine Simulator 1
Turing Machine Simulator 2
Pi the Movie

The Antikythera Mechanism
Interactive Relighting of the Antikythera Mechanism
Story @ BBC News
The Antikythera Mechanism Research Project

Fibonacci Sequence

A good description of L-Systems by Chris Jennings



XXI century science

"If handled appropriately, data about Internet-based communication and interactivity could revolutionize our understanding of collective human behaviour". Full essay @A twenty-first century science : Article : Nature

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New readings online

Bettencourt, L.M.A., J.Lobo, D. Helbing, C. Kühnert, and G.B. West [2007] "Growth, innovation, scaling, and the pace of life in cities.", PNAS 104(17), 7301-7306

T. Helikar, J. Konvalina, J. Heidel, and J.A. Rogers [2008] "Emergent decision-making in biological signal transduction networks.", PNAS. 105(6): 1913-1918

J. Lewis [2008] "From Signals to Patterns: Space, Time, and Mathematics in Developmental Biology.", Science. 322(5900): 399-403


lecture slides for lecture 6 online

Lecture 6 - Complexity

Hans Bremermann




Bacteria That Do Logic

A team engineers microbes to perform AND, OR, NAND and NOR logic operations. Full story @Science News

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