The Imagine Cup series of competitions has a new round of deadlines coming up over the next two weeks. The good news is that the barriers to entry in most of these is low enough that students still have time to get their act together and enter. The Kinect Fun Labs Challenge and the Windows Metro Style App challenge are the two I really want to highlight. For the Kinect Challenge what you need to do is register your team and submit a project plan (a plan not a done project). The top 100 teams will get a Kinect device to use as they start work on the project itself. So get your thinking caps on and get in!

For the Windows Metro Style App Challenge the entry is an online quiz (and there are two quizzes left to take for qualification) If you have been looking at Windows 8 you want to jump in to this at least to find out how much you really know. And get your friends to take the test so you can see how you all measure up. And then get ready to create a Metro app in the next round.

Kinect Fun Labs Challenge
Scope: Design a Kinect for PC game that relates to the Imagine Cup theme

Round One: Team Formation/Registration and submission of your Kinect gadget project plan March 6, 2012 23:59 GMT

The top 100 teams get FREE Kinect for PC sensors so you’ll have all you need for Round 2!

Details: http://www.imaginecup.com/Competition/mycompetitionportal.aspx?competitionId=68

Windows [8] Metro Style App Challenge
Scope: Pass one quiz and design an app for Windows 8

Round One : Pass at least one quiz about Windows 8 with a score of 50% or higher (15/30) and you automatically advance to Round Two!
Quiz Start Time (00:01 GMT)
Quiz 5    28 February 2012
Quiz 6       6 March 2012

Round Two: Submit your Windows 8 app: Start date March 13, 2012 end date May 3rd 2012

Details: http://www.imaginecup.com/Competition/mycompetitionportal.aspx?competitionId=70

Windows Azure (cloud) Challenge
Scope: Design a Windows Azure (cloud) app

Round One: Registration, concept and prototype design  March 13, 2012 23:59 GMT
Round Two: Finished application submission May 3, 2012 23:59 GMT

Details: http://www.imaginecup.com/Competition/mycompetitionportal.aspx?competitionId=69

Windows Phone Challenge
Scope: build a Windows Phone app (not a game) that relates to the Imagine Cup theme

Round One: team registration and concept design March 13, 2012 23:59 GMT
Round Two: app submission May 3, 2012 23:59 GMT

Details: http://www.imaginecup.com/Competition/mycompetitionportal.aspx?competitionId=66