Don't Give Up
Dennis Crowley, CEO of Foursquare, followed Ballmer in addressing the students and offered a similar refrain. "The first lesson is don't give up with whatever you're working on," Crowley said. "There's always going to be people that tell you they love your stuff, and there's going to be people that tell you they hate your stuff. There's always going to be people that don't get it. And so keep in mind that if you have good ideas, just keep working on them to make them right. If the time is not right now, it might be right in a couple years, it might be right when you get some more people, it might be right when you start to learn a little bit more. So, just keep plugging away at that."Microsoft President of North America Sales & Marketing Robert Youngjohns participated in the ceremonial flag passing to mark the transition of host country duties. Pip Marlow, managing director from Microsoft Australia, and Gerard Seeber, deputy consul general and senior trade and investment commissioner of Austrade, were on hand to accept the flag on behalf of Australia, which will host next year's Imagine Cup in Sydney. Imagine Cup 2011 sponsors included the following: Avanade, Bradesco, Dell, Microsoft Game Studios, Microsoft Interoperability, MyBytes, Nestl??«, Orchard, Poland Spring, Red Bull, Sony, TakingITGlobal, Windows 7, Embedded Development and Windows Phone.
Longoria was on hand at the closing ceremony to present the Imagine Cup People's Choice Award to Team Rapture from Bangladesh. This is the only Imagine Cup award determined by the public, and it includes a $10,000 prize. Team Rapture created Third Eye, a Windows Phone 7 device for the visually impaired that provides an assistive camera and a special user interface with vibration, speech feedback and voice command.