Imagine Cup local finals for our Games, Innovation, and World Citizenship competitions are now underway in more than seventy-five countries around the world. As you may have seen, student teams can compete both in local finals and in our global online finals. This can be a little confusing so I wanted to explain how this works and what your teams need to do.
Why Online Finals?
We operate a global online finals for a couple of reasons:
If you want to compete in our worldwide online finals, you must register your complete team at our website by March 15 and submit your complete project at our website by April 15. This is true even if you are already submitting your project to a local final -- many local finals have different submission requirements than our online finals do so you have to upload your complete project, per the official rules, to compete in the online finals.
When to Submit
While the deadline is April 15, in some countries you won't be able to submit until the local finals deadlines have passed. At that point, the Dashboard here at our site will show Worldwide Online Finals. Let's take a look at that Dashboard:
In the first example, the Games competition is currently in the U.S. Finals round. I cannot yet submit my project for online finals. Submitting it now means it'll go into the U.S. Local Finals round instead.
In the second example, the Innovation competition is currently in the WW Online Finals round. I can now submit my project for online finals.
The date you can submit for worldwide online finals depends on your country:
If your country isn't listed here, it means you can submit your project to worldwide online finals at any time until April 15.
I hope that helps and if you have questions, just ask us in the Forums. Thanks!
John Scott Tynes Imagine Cup Competition Manager Microsoft Academic Programs