Microsoft Innovation Award

2010 Winners Announced

2010 MIA Winners

Karin Avellaneda

Justin Ricaurte

Congratulations to Karin E. Avellaneda and Justin Ricaurte for their outstanding work in the MIA essay contest. As finalists, they received complimentary registration and transportation to the Annual Convention where they presented their essays to a panel of judges.


Building on the success of last year, ALPFA is pleased to partner with Microsoft again and bring this great opportunity to our members. This is chance to show your talent, innovative thinking and possibly win $10,000!


Submission Deadline has passed.

Prizes and Judging

Phase 1

Writers of the top two essays will be invited to the 2010 ALPFA Annual Convention to present before a panel of judges, including FREE airfare, hotel accommodation and convention registration.

Phase 2

Finalists present their idea in a 7-8 minute speech before a panel of judges. Top entrant will win $10,000.

“This is a huge opportunity for our membership. They have a chance to present an idea to Microsoft, one of the most recognized companies in the world, and present their idea on a national level at our convention. Every member should enter this competition determined to win. I have heard many members say they are always looking for the opportunity to show what they can bring to the table, so I say to all ALPFA members: here is your chance–you have nothing to loose, and so much to gain.”

-Manny Espinoza, ALPFA CEO

“Few words can describe the exhilaration of the Microsoft Innovation Awards. ... It is a humbling experience to be selected as one of the finalists amongst the many applicants, and a tremendous honor to represent the ALPFA NY Chapter. I think the best part about winning is the pride and joy that you feel from your ALPFA familia. I think all members should participate in this event. The $10k prize is always a nice incentive, but it's not the sole reason. ...There's definitely a recognition and status afforded to finalists who are selected. It's also a great networking opportunity to build relationships with Microsoft as well as other firms."

-Christopher Lui, 2009 MIA winner