I’ve just agreed to be a judge for the finals of the Microsoft produced Imagine Cup Programming Competition. This is a college programming competition that now has over 15,000 students enter. I’m heading over to Yokohama, Japan at the end of July with Scott Maxell of Insight Venture Partners and Chris Pacitti of Austin Ventures who are my co-judges for the finals. We’re apparently going to do an American Idol like thing – nerd style. Scott insisted on being Simon and I offered up – much to the chagrin of Amy – that I’d be Paula. I think it’s awesome that Microsoft produces a worldwide college programming competition – it was easy to agree to judge when asked.