My project: HACS - House Access Control System with fun doorbell, didn't make it to the final in the Microsoft Dare To Dream Different competition :-(
But hey - I'm a winner anyway :-). I did get a Device Solutions Tahoo-II development board for free - that is, if I don't count all the hours spent into developing this project. I learned a lot about the Micro Framework for embedded programming in C# directly on hardware, and this is where the potential is and the real fun lies.
Furthermore, GHI Electronics LLC, who makes a lot of nice Micro Framework products, decided to donate 100 coupons for shopping in their webshop to all round 2 contestants in the competition - this is really generous of them - and I can now claim my 100 USD coupon and go shopping in the GHI shop. Wow, I'm not sure if I can limit my shopping to these 100 USD. They have so many nice boards that I think I have to spend some more money... Time will tell. Their new ChipworkX development system looks like a killer, but also the USBizi and the Embedded master boards are very attractive. A big thanks to GHI for this donation.
Round 2 Finalists
I must congratulate the authors of the 10 projects which made it to the finals :-). You can see a list of their names on the Dream Different contest page. I'm really looking forward to see the videos of these projects. I hope that Microsoft will make all the project videos publicly available, as they have promised earlier. It is always very educational to see what other people create and how they choose to implement it.