Thursday, July 12, 2007


Microsoft in Second Life

I had another visit the Microsoft Imagine Cup site in Second Life. Caroline Phillips and Miel Van Opstal have set up a nice location and a good event. Miel has blogged about the island over at

The theme for this year's Imagine Cup is education (“Imagine a world where technology enables a better education for all” -, Reading had teams in various challenges, our Web Development team: Rediverse did ever so well, especially considering they were first years. The SL Island is dedicated to the Software Development challenge entries from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Caroline (Imagine Nishi) invited me to go along today as some of the teams were attending to show off their videos of their products and meet each other.

I got there to find quite a few people wandering a round. I had a chat with a guy from Portugal who told me about there entry which was to educate about cookery, I love that idea, and I wondered if the team knew about my object oriented cake examples.

I then met a guy who had an avatar called: "Creative Janus", he was from UAE, and their team had a very cool video that showed off their software that was going to save me time by allowing mobile learning. He (well I assume he was a "he") and some very snazzy shorts on, most of the avatars were new to SL and were wearing fairly standard newbie clothes, this outfit certainly stood out.

I went round and watched a few more videos and powerpoints. The ones I liked the best were those that told me about the products and a little about the team.

Imagine Nishi then introduced me to the Italian team, their mentor was part of the winning team last year. I had a long chat with them and watched their video, we also met a woman from Germany, who was part of the team that set up the blog site (I can't post there because I'm not a competitor L).

I then had a quick visit to the dance floor and then it was time to go.

I'll put my pics up on Flickr ( with the tags:
imaginecup secondlife vecop

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