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Deadline: January 1, 2020 00:00 (CET)| Apply here
Eligibility: Students aged 16+

Microsoft Imagine Cup 2020

Bring your tech idea to life with the 2020 Imagine Cup and make a difference through creativity, collaboration, and competition.

Imagine Cup is a chance to work with friends, network with professionals, gain new skills, showcases your work on a global stage, and meet other students who want to make a difference.

The Imagine Cup is looking for innovative and passion-driven tech solutions from students who want to share their purpose to improve the world around us. If you’ve been dreaming about a solution that shapes how we live, work, and play, this competition is for you

7 reasons why you should sign up for the 18th year of Imagine Cup

1. Shape our world

Driven by inspiration and a growing sense of purpose, students have created applications tackling some of the world’s biggest social, environmental, and health challenges ––one user at a time.

2. Get help from mentors and network with industry pros

Whether you’re hoping to accelerate with artificial intelligence, create with cognitive services, invent with intelligent systems, or master machine learning, Imagine Cup is the place to start for beginning coders and developer pros alike. All you need is an idea (and a few smart friends).

3. Win travel opportunities and other prizes

Teams selected to advance in the competition will travel across the globe to regional finals in Singapore, Amsterdam, and Mexico City to pitch their projects live, courtesy of Microsoft!

Plus, the Imagine Cup Regional Finals are co-located with Microsoft Ignite | The Tour, where Microsoft shares the latest in cloud technologies and developer tools – providing additional opportunity for finalists to showcase their passion and network with industry professionals.

4. Enhance your technology portfolio

Get hands-on with the latest and greatest in developer tools and resources while creating a project you can showcase in your personal portfolio.

With advanced Microsoft Azure technologies such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, virtual machines, big data processing, computer vision, and more, almost anything is possible.

5. Meet new friends

From Sydney to Sao Paolo and everywhere in between, the Imagine Cup brings together students just like you who want to learn and innovate for the future.

Get started with a team and meet like-minded peers along the competition journey. You could find future business partners, meet friends for life, and get inspired by others’ solutions.

6. Develop a business framework to advance your career

Develop a project pitch, build entrepreneurship skills, and get feedback on your business model from industry experts to help propel you forward.

7. Dream it. Build it. Live it.

For some students, the chance to travel and pitch to industry leaders will create standout moments. For others, pursuing an idea that could change the world (even a little) will stretch their skills and boost their confidence.

Whatever your motivation, we want to encourage you to take the next step–and join a like-minded community of passionate, purpose-driven tech enthusiasts who are ready to grow together.

More than just a competition

For nearly two decades, students from around the world have participated in Microsoft’s global technology competition, the Imagine Cup, to bring their unique tech solutions to life.

But the Imagine Cup is more than just a competition—you can work with friends (and make new ones!), network with professionals, gain new skills, make a difference in the world around you, and have a chance to win travel, mentorship, and cash.

Join Microsoft Imagine Cup and win the following prizes

  • Mentorship from Microsoft experts
  • Networking with industry pros
  • The chance to showcase your idea
  • Teams that win their National Final or Regional Online Semifinals win travel to the Regional Final (Asia, EMEA, and the Americas) in Singapore, Amsterdam, and Mexico City, respectively
  • The top two teams from each Regional Final win USD8,000 cash, Azure credits, a trip to Seattle, and a spot in the World Championship
  • The three runner-up teams from each Regional Final win USD2,500 cash and Azure credits
  • The 2020 Imagine Cup World Champion team wins USD100,000 cash, USD50,000 Azure credits, and a mentoring session with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Interested in applying for the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2020? Register your participation by following the registration link and taking the suggested steps.


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