Some of America's top young minds are tackling the world's most pressing problems through the use of technology at this year's Imagine Cup 2011.
Microsoft Vice President of Developer and Platform Evangelism Mark Hindsbo said that projections show there'll be about 1.2 million computer specialist jobs in the United States in 2018. Yet current trends show that the United States has only half the number of college graduates needed to fill those positions. Also, only about 15% of U.S. undergraduates are studying science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) compared to two or three times as many in countries such as India and China.
Microsoft created the competition nine years ago as a way to highlight and recognize student innovation around the globe, as well as inspire more young minds to study technology. Each year, the projects have become more inspirational and impactful. Students who participate gain real-world skills that help them in school, in their careers or even as they commercialize their projects, all while tackling global problems.
In the video hear from Steve Clayton, a judge at the 2011 U.S. Imagine Cup, on what he's looking for from the high school and college student competitors from across the country who are using technology to tackle the world's problems.