Judgement Day at the Imagine Cup

Today was the first round of judging in the Software Development competition here in Cairo. All the judges had to be formed into groups and then sent out to watch presentations from the 68 or so teams from all over the world. Each team had to give a 20 minute presentation, with 10 minutes after that set aside for questions. Then we had to note down some comments, grade the work, hand the judging sheet in and repeat. This made for rather an intense time, but I really like watching students strut their stuff, and so for me it was great fun.

I even took on a bit of overtime, by helping out with the judging in the Imagine Cup Interoperability. Then, after all of this, a list of the top 12 teams out was assembled, and each of them had to repeat their presentations in front of more judges so that we could arrive at the top six for the finals tomorrow.

Joe Wilson announced the finalists for all the categories, and it was particularly nice for me because the UK made it into the next round for both Software Development and the Game Development competitions.


Joe with some of the finalists.

After the judging we all staggered back to our rooms and collapsed. I’ve got some more to do tomorrow, as I’m also one of the distinguished judges for the Software Development final, which should be fun.