Microsoft's Imagine Cup - 15 Years of Awesome

Microsoft's Imagine Cup - 15 Years of Awesome

One of the biggest student competitions is back and you can be part of it. Microsoft is hosting their annual Imagine Cup competition, looking for the ‘next big thing.’ Previous entries have included everything from innovative games, to life changing apps, with many teams going on to form their own business. This year we are partnering with our start-up team, to provide you with the skills you need to take your idea to the next level. Whether you are in your 1st year of University, or finishing up a PhD, you are eligible to enter. There are no categories for this year’s competition, so you are free to be as creative as you like. The secret to success is blending the skills of entrepreneurial and technical students, to develop something that is not only amazing, but also has real world business value. There can be a maximum of 3 people to represent each team at the finals, but supporting members or mentors are encouraged to develop the idea. The winners will receive some incredible prizes, with the worldwide winners taking home $100,000 in prize money, $120,000 worth of Azure and a once in a lifetime experience they won’t forget. That’s everything you need to take your idea to the next level.

Dates to remember:

  • Create your team and register – Open now

  • Registration and submissions close – March 24th, 2017

  • National finalists announced – 6pm April 3rd, 2017

  • UK National finals – April 14th, 2017

  • Worldwide finals – July 2017

Your submission doesn’t need to be 100% polished and perfected for UK finals. We will be looking for a strong concept at the shortlisting stage, then if you are successful at the UK finals we will work with you to refine your idea and coach you, ready for the worldwide finals in July. You will be judged on the use of technology, the concept, innovation and feasibility of your idea. Utilising Microsoft Azure will be a key focal point for this year’s competition and to support you we have a range of online resources.

So, what are you waiting for? Get inspired by last year’s UK finalists and register for the Imagine Cup today!

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