If you’re a geek who spends most of his time fiddling with his computer and comes up with interesting ‘oh wow! Look at that’ applications/solutions; if you’re a thinker with a million-dollar idea about an app which can change the way users interact but is waiting for the right platform; if you’re a coder who spends sleepless nights writing huge lines of codes and perfecting algorithms; or if you are almost anybody with a soft corner for technology, then Imagine Cup 2013 is the place to be!
Now in its eleventh year, Imagine Cup promises to be an extravagant affair with a ‘geeky’ atmosphere all around for many reasons, some being:
- A universal theme
- Increased prize money (more than US $300,000)
- Three big competitions (Games, Innovation and World Citizenship) and
- Exciting challenges (Windows 8 Apps, Windows Azure and Windows Phone)
Imagine Cup is much about its name: imagining a better world through technology. But it doesn’t stop there. Participants are encouraged to take the leap from concept visualization to proper execution with able assistance being provided at every level. Testifying to this is Imagine Cup Grants, a US $3 million competitive program which not just assists the Imagine Cup participants financially but also helps them in taking their innovative projects to the market as the next step in their business development.
The anxiety while coding through the application, the jittery-nerves before the project presentation, the folded fingers while awaiting results is all worth it when your efforts get recognized on such a huge platform, not just because the result is technologically superior but also because it helps the people of the world lead an even better life. From an app that helps reduce car accidents to a solution that enables mute people to interact through gloves; from helping enhance the learning abilities of students suffering from dyslexia to implementing an effective vehicle navigation system thereby reducing CO2 emissions, Imagine Cup has seen it all!
Finalists will be flown in to St. Petersburg, Russia, the venue for the World Wide Finals which will be held from 8th-12th July 2013. Another good reason for you to be there at the World Wide finals is the MSP Social Media Team. This lively bunch of Microsoft Student Partners from all over the world will ensure that you are pampered to the hilt: they’ll shoot your pictures, record your videos, promote your team and even break into Gangnam style (if you insist).
Register for Microsoft Imagine Cup 2013 and be a part of more than one million students all over the world aiming to bring a change in daily life through technology.
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