The U.S. national finals of the Imagine Cup, the world’s premier student technology competition, will take place on the Microsoft Corp. campus April 8–11, 2011. More than 74,000 students registered for this year’s U.S. competition.

That field was narrowed down to the top 22 teams, which will compete against one another during the next four days, demonstrating how they would use their technology solutions to solve the world’s toughest problems.

Now in its ninth year, the Imagine Cup is Microsoft’s signature program to inspire students to combine their imaginations with Microsoft technology to make the world a better place. The winners of the software-design competition will represent the nation at the Imagine Cup 2011 Worldwide Finals in New York this summer.

What: Imagine Cup 2011 U.S. Finals Showcase and Awards Ceremony

Where: The Commons at Microsoft Studios West Campus, 15255 NE 40th St., Redmond, Wash.

When: Monday, April 11, 2011

9–11 a.m.: Finalist presentations — software design and game design

11 a.m.–2 p.m.: Showcase of student projects

2–4 p.m.: Keynotes and awards ceremony

Who: In addition to 22 elite student teams from universities across the country, keynote speakers and key attendees include the following:

Jane McGonigal, world-renowned game designer and author of “Reality is Broken”

Bill Buxton, principal researcher, Microsoft Research

Mark Hindsbo, vice president, Developer and Platform Evangelism for Microsoft

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