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The Imagine Cup ’05

The Imagine Cup is a worldwide tournament challenging the globe’s best and brightest students to use technology to enhance people’s lives. Wild creativity is encouraged and students are allowed to collaborate with up to 3 teammates. All students who register to compete get a free copy of Microsoft Visual Studio .NET. The grand prize for the competition is $8000 and Microsoft is flying the top 6 teams to Yokohama, Japan for the finals. Registration closes April 1, ’05.

General Guidelines
Teams of up to 4 individuals
Theme: dissolving boundaries
Film concept can be modified between rounds – passing through the first round qualifies the storyteller, not just the story
Up to 30 teams move on to second round

Deliverables
Round 1: Abstract, storyboard
Round 2 : Film, film description

Required Elements
Round 1: Abstract must be less than 500 words, in English. Storyboard must be less than 25 MB, in Microsoft PowerPoint or other standard image display format (jpeg, gif, etc)

Round 2: Film must be Windows Media Playable, less than 150 MB zipped

Judging Elements
Round 1: Review of Abstract/storyboard
50% Story idea (through abstract and storyboard)
50% Expressiveness/Artistry (storyboard)

Round 2: Review of films; selection of worldwide finalists
50% Story
50% Technique

Round 3: Selection of prize winners
60% Score from round 2
40% On site documentary film project

Prize Amounts
First Place $8,000
Second Place $4,000
Third Place $3,000

The register, get more information, and to view the ’04 winner, Midia, a stirring look at the evolution of communication by a group of Romanian students, click on the banner above.

About Eric Olsen

Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: Twitter@amhaunted, Facebook.com/amhaunted, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.

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