Tuesday March 4th saw me in the Dublin HQ of Microsoft for the Imagine Cup National Finals. Imagine Cup is a global student competition run by Microsoft. Two Games students from Limerick Institute of Technology, Joseph Bentley and Ger Stone, had entered the competition and asked me to be their mentor. To our delight they were chosen for the National Finals in the Games category. On the day, there were finalists in three categories – Games, Innovation and World Citizenship. First up the team had to demo their product to attendees on the day. This seemed to go really well with people really liking Cavernauts, their cave based game.
Next up was the presentation to the judges. Despite a few technical difficulties, this too went well, with Joe and Ger dealing with both the tech difficulties as well as any questions from the judges. We were delighted to be deemed the winners in the Games category later that evening.
So, now we’re through to the World Semi Finals – woohoo 🙂 This involves producing a 10 minute video presentation and a proposal document to be completed by this coming Wednesday, 30th April. Over the last few weeks the lads have moved the game on from a prototype to a more rounded game with additional functionality. It’s now available for download on itch.io. Wish us well in the next phase of the competition (oh and download the game please 🙂 ).