This year marks the 10th year of the Microsoft Imagine Cup, so lots of surprises were waiting for the WW finalists. The first one was introduced by Walid Abu-Hadba (Corporate Vice President, Developer & Platform Evangelism Group at Microsoft). He selected 3 teams to get an all-expenses-paid trip to Microsoft’s next developer conference. They were Tunisia, Belgium and Bosnia, in adition to South Korea team who was invited by Walid for being great dancers.
The second surprise was introduced by Gregory Elphinston (Director of Sustainability Innovation at Nokia). Gregory announced that all competitors will get a Nokia Lumia 800 and a sim card with Internet access.
What is more, all WW finalists in this year will get a special certificate signed by Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer!!!