I was a finalist judge for the Microsoft Imagine Cup US and Imagine Cup World Competitions in 2011. The Imagine Cup Competition is one of the top technology competitions for students that attracts hundreds of thousands of participants. I love the fact that it is a technology competitions where you are building software and games for social good. As a judge for phone games category, I assumed that I would see the very best of serious games at the competition. However, I came away from the competition feeling depressed about the state of educational or serious games. The games were either educational software disguised as a game or a game disguised as an educational software. I felt that there had to be a better way. This led to Math Dash.
I lead a senior design team consisting of Matt Lesnak, N. Taylor Mullen, and Keith Ayers to show that an educational game can be a great game in and of itself and also be faithful to best practices of pedogogy. We submited Math Dash to the Microsoft Imagine Cup US and World competition in the Phone Game Category in 2012.
Microsoft Imagine Cup US 2012.
Microsoft Imagine Cup US competition in 2012 was held on April 2012 in Seattle, Washington. This year, over 113,000 students across the US representing all 50 states had registered to participate in the competition from which 22 teams were selected as finalists. My team, Drexel Dragons, who competed as finalists in the Mobile Games competition, took 1st Place.
Microsoft Imagine Cup World 2012.
Microsoft Imagine Cup World competition in 2012 was held on July 2012 in Sydney, Australia. This year, over 250,000 students across the world representing 190 countries had registered to participate in the World competition from which 103 teams were selected as finalists. My team, Drexel Dragons, competed as finalists in the Mobile Games competition, again took 1st Place.