Imagine Cup 2012 Grants Finalists announced!

Microsoft Imagine Cup, the name speaks for itself: Imagining the world to be a better place to live. And later taking forward the imagination and giving it a touch of reality through software. Imagine Cup takes the dreamer from his bed to the software marketplace, developing applications for the good of the community.

In its eleventh year now, Microsoft Imagine Cup is the premier student technology competition that encourages students to form a team and build an application with the opportunity to win cash prizes and travel.  More than 350 participants of Microsoft Imagine Cup 2012 from 75 countries travelled to Sydney, Australia, for the Worldwide Finals in July 2012, presenting some of the finest solutions to world’s common problems through software, with some even being honoured by TIME Magazine as among the best inventions of 2012.

“Imagine Cup Grants is a three-year, $3 million competitive program which enables Imagine Cup participants to take their innovative projects to market as the next step in their business development.”

Imagine Cup Grants revolves around further supporting the excellent projects and solutions presented in Imagine Cup and helping them realize their full potential. Imagine Cup Grants winners are awarded with a grant package in the form of cash, software, resources and other on the ground support to help them establish a non-profit or for-profit organization to bring their idea to reality.

The following thirteen finalists have been selected with the Imagine Cup 2012 Grant winners to be announced in December 2012 at the Social Innovation Summit in the Silicon Valley:

Team Name: Cipher256
Region: Kampala, Uganda

Team Name: FlashFood
Region: Tempe, AZ – United States of America

Team Name: Greenway
Region: Hannover, Germany

Team Name: IQube
Region: Timisoara, Romania

Team Name: Italian Ingenium Team
Region: Milan, Italy

Team Name: Novitat
Region: Bangkok, Thailand

Team Name: Osmosis
Region: Ljubljana, Slovenia

Team Name: quadSquad
Region: Donets’k, Ukraine

Team Name: Reimagine
Region: Mexico City, Mexico

Team Name: Team StethoCloud
Region: Melbourne, Australia

Team Name: Symbiosis
Region: Thessaloniki, Greece

Team Name: Vivid
Region: Cairo, Egypt

Team Name: wi-GO Team
Region: Covilhã, Portugal

Want to be the sportsman playing the game rather than the spectator watching the gameRegister now for Imagine Cup 2013 and you may find yourself in St. Petersburg, Russia in July next year for the WorldWide Finals!

Community service has taught me all kinds of skills and increased my confidence. You go out there and think on your feet, work with others and create something from nothing. That’s what life’s all about.” – Andrew Shue

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