Steve Ballmer kicks off the Imagine Cup 2011 World Finals in NYC – Nigeria represented by Team Nerds INC.

Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer welcomed the Imagine Cup finalists to New York City, congratulated them on their achievements and encouraged students to find their passion.

The Imagine Cup 2011 Opening Ceremony had in attendance celebrities and successful American business leaders, including Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, foursquare Co-founder Dennis Crowley, Jeffrey D. Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, Jon Perera Microsoft Education General Manager and Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

400 college and high school students representing 124 teams from 70 countries will compete in the worldwide competition in New York.

Winners in categories such as software design, game design and mobile apps will be announced on July 13 at Lincoln Center and students will win a total of $215,000 in prize money. The first place team in the software design category will win $25,000.

In all, Microsoft will award a total of $215,000 in prize money.

Also, Ballmer announced that every Imagine Cup Worldwide Finalist would receive an Xbox Kinect!

Nigeria is represented by Team NERDS INC. from Federal University Of Technology Akure FUTA, Ondo Nigeria.

Vote for Team NERDS INC. from FUTA on the Imagine Cup People’s Choice Awards page. Voting closes Tuesday at 2PM. Their project is currently ranked 4th!

How to vote in 3 easy steps:

1) Head over to the video entry and wait for the voting functionality to appear.

2) Enter in the random words in the box and click on the like button to submit your vote.

3) You will be required to sign in with your Hotmail, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo or even Google account, and your vote gets tallied against our team.

Go Team Nigeria!


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Atanmuti Tope on July 10, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    I ve gone through most of the projects presented by each teams and i found out that medicare software is another relm of development in ICT. It will solve many problems relating to human’s health. If u belief that health is wealth, then vote for team nerd inc. Of NIGERIA. WITH PROJECT TITLED; ‘MEDICARE’.


  2. […] Microsoft announced the winners of the just concluded Imagine Cup 2011 competition. Prizes were awarded in a variety of […]


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