Microsoft announces Imagine cup 2014

microsoft-imagine-cupMicrosoft is back with its twelfth student technology competition- Microsoft Imagine Cup 2014.

Imagine Cup is an annual event, which invites students from all over the world to create innovative projects built around the aim to make the world a better place to live in. This year the event is launched with an entirely new website features and a changed set of rules.

At the core of the event, there lie three competitions viz. World Citizenship, Innovation and gaming. While Gaming is about building new innovative games, World Citizenship and Innovation is about making softwares that involve social issues and innovative ideas.

Apart from this, students can also participate in three online challenges listed below:

-> Pitch Video – The team needs to record a 3-5 minutes video pitching their project without the use of any slides, charts or pictures. However, the project idea should lie within the 3 core categories mentioned above.

-> Project Blueprint: It involves delivering a written project proposal covering the software users, requirements, scenarios, and business model.

-> User Experience: Here the projects will be judged upon their actual look on the screen and their user experience.

The winner of each tech competition will be awarded with $50,000 and will also get a chance to compete in the worldwide finals at Seattle, USA. The winning teams of Pitch Video Challenge in each category will be awarded with $3000. In addition, top 10 runner-ups in each category will receive a certificate of achievement and an exclusive Imagine Cup lapel pin.

Over the past ten years, more than 1.65 million students from more than 190 countries have participated in the Imagine Cup. As per Pratima Amonkar, Director – Strategic Audience Marketing, Microsoft India – the event has created a lot of opportunities for students to learn how to launch their business and bring their ideas to the market.

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Talking about India, in the recent 2013 finals, an Indian team YNots was the winner of Windows Azure challenge. It also won the Mail.Ru Group Connected Planet Award for Zoik It, a social networking app that allows users to connect at a location in real time.

The opportunity is really good as it will not only offer students a large platform to showcase their talents. But also an opportunity to make their place in the famous Microsoft Bizspark challenge.

Only those who are 16 years or older and are enrolled into any course between 1 January 2013 and 31 July 2014, can participate in the program. The maximum team size can be four. To register and know more about the rules of the challenge, students can log on here.

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