Deadline: March 15, 2014
Microsoft is looking for the next big thing and they know that incredible, world-changing software innovations can come from students like you. The Imagine Cup Innovation Competition is a global contest for the best new innovative software. If you’ve got a great idea, assemble a great team and work hard to bring that idea to life. Your project could be on devices all over the world,changing lives and giving people the thrill of seeing the future come to life right in front of them.
About the Competition
This year’s challenge is categorized into 3 paths:
Games: If it’s a game, it belongs on the Games Path. If you’re hoping to entertain your users, give them a fun interactive experience, or even challenge their assumptions about what a game could be, the Games Path is your home.
Innovation: The Innovation Path is the place for the next big thing. Are you looking to change the way people use technology? Are you planning something that will disrupt the current paradigm? Do you see your app in everyone’s hands, all over the world? If that sounds like you, you’re in the right place.
World Citizenship: Do you want to make the world a better place? The World Citizenship Path is for projects that want to address an important social problem such as disease, natural disasters, civil rights, poverty, access to vital information, gender equality, and so on. It’s about solving real problems for real people.
Within each path, we have four contests: the Pitch Video Challenge, the Project Blueprint Challenge, the User Experience Challenge, and finally the main competition itself. You don’t have to compete in all the contests for a given path — you can do one, skip one, whatever you like. But we can tell you from experience that students who compete in one or more of the Challenges do better when they reach the main competition.
$50,000 for each first place winner in any of the three paths listed above+ A trip to Seattle
If you’re sixteen years or older as of 10 September 2014 and are or will be enrolled as a student at any time between 1 January 2014 and 31 July 2015, then you are probably eligible.
How to Enter
To participate in Imagine Cup 2014
Choose your path then register at www.imaginecup.com. Once you have registered you can create a team and sign up your team for the Competition(s) that you would like to compete in and start building your team.