Microsoft’s Imagine Cup is a global competition that empowers the next generation of computer science students to team up and use their creativity, passion, and knowledge of technology to create applications that shape how people live, work, and play. Imagine Cup teams comprise up to three students who are at least 16 years of age as of October 2017. Each participating team will make an original technology project from start to finish: they will come up with an idea, make a plan, build their project, and submit it for judging. The judges will evaluate the projects based on technology, innovation, concept, and feasibility. The 12 top-ranked teams will receive a trip to participate in the US Finals. US Finals prizes range from $1,000 (sixth place) to $10,000 (first place). In addition, students can earn Judges’ Technology Awards for best use of mixed reality ($1,000), big data ($1,000), and artificial intelligence ($1,000). The first-place-winning team in the US Finals will go on to the World Finals, where the team will compete with the best and brightest teams from across the globe for the title of World Champion and a change to bring home a cash prize of up to $100,000.
Deadlines: Registration is open. Team entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (PT) on April 1, 2018, for a chance to participate in the US Finals on May 5, 2018, and the World Finals in July 2018.