Students pitch software ideas to Gates

Forty students from around the world got to pitch their software projects to Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates on Tuesday as part of a worldwide software development challenge.

Gates as well as Craig Mundie, chief research and strategy officer at Microsoft, asked questions about and tried out software innovations from the students, who visited Microsoft's Redmond, Washington, headquarters from Egypt, Japan, France, Poland, Korea, the U.S. and the U.K.

The Imagine Cup is Microsoft's worldwide software design competition for students. This year it challenged participating teams to build a product that can enable better education for everyone. It has attracted 100,000 students in 100 countries. The final competition will happen in Korea in August and Tuesday's event was an opportunity for some of the leading teams to present their ideas to Gates on Microsoft's campus.

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Uhh, if they don't want to "risk" their ideas to be STOELN BY TEH MICORSOTF!!!1, they also have the choice of not participating.

Gobelet said,
Uhh, if they don't want to "risk" their ideas to be STOELN BY TEH MICORSOTF!!!1, they also have the choice of not participating.

uhh....which student will stop at his place if he has a "chance" to meet Bill Gates!...i dont think any one will avoid it..and rather those guys/girls will make a cool idea such tat they are in the top & win the prize...

:laugh:

Yup. You see these kinds of posts all the time. Different people like to complain about different things. Seems like everyone is complaining all the time, some times.

Thats how a lot of those kinda "competitions" work. If the company ain't gonan get anything from it why would they waste time/resources on it?

Usually the top talent get recruited by them and the rest of the idea may get recycled later on at some point. Usually the participants sign a release form and all.

Ash said,
Thats how a lot of those kinda "competitions" work. If the company ain't gonan get anything from it why would they waste time/resources on it?

Usually the top talent get recruited by them and the rest of the idea may get recycled later on at some point. Usually the participants sign a release form and all.

That and the fact that MS has more money than it knows what to do with...also Gates is known to be a great philinthropist.....


for many participating though, this is there best chance to have their software possibly published

"This year it challenged participating teams to build a product that can enable better education for everyone..." so microsoft can steal the code or ideas and sell it as a product and not pay royalty fees.

There has to be the one person that has to bash Microsoft.

You forgot to mention that Apple will then take it from Microsoft and make it sound like it's been something they've been working on for 5 years (Leopard or shall we say Vista for example). Then the Linux crowd will take it and act as if they created it first and it was Apple and Microsoft that stole it from them.

If you have nothing better to say then why even post? Seriously, why? Do you really feel that the 2 minutes it took you to make that comment is going to change anyones mind? That suddenly when you bash Microsoft that everyone on Neowin and the rest of the world is suddenly going to hate them? Do you think that highly of yourself?

Cryingcure said,
:rolleyes: There has to be the one person that has to bash Microsoft.

You forgot to mention that Apple will then take it from Microsoft and make it sound like it's been something they've been working on for 5 years (Leopard or shall we say Vista for example). Then the Linux crowd will take it and act as if they created it first and it was Apple and Microsoft that stole it from them.

If you have nothing better to say then why even post? Seriously, why? Do you really feel that the 2 minutes it took you to make that comment is going to change anyones mind? That suddenly when you bash Microsoft that everyone on Neowin and the rest of the world is suddenly going to hate them? Do you think that highly of yourself?


Ugh quit whining and give it a rest already. Companies/People come up with ideas, then companys take them from other companies. It's the way business competition works. Live with it.

russellc said,

Ugh quit whining and give it a rest already. Companies/People come up with ideas, then companys take them from other companies. It's the way business competition works. Live with it.

If you had bothered to carefully read what I had said, then you'd know that I wasn't whining and that my whole point was that businesses take from each other all the time.

Read more carefully next time