Did you know that on 31st October 2011, the population of the world officially reached 7 billion? Have you considered what effect the rising human population is having? Let’s take Africa; its population just passed 1 billion and the problems that it faces today look to worsen in the future; hunger, environmental degradation, widespread disease, the high cost of living in towns and cities. In the developed world countries are struggling to support ageing populations and deliver the education and skills needed to increase employment and grow the economy. The Imagine Cup is your opportunity to make a difference; to solve some of the world’s toughest problems. Read some of the success stories from Imagine Cup 2011 and see how students are helping to make the world a better place.
Last year’s Imagine Cup winner Team Hermes from Ireland
Imagine Cup 2012
If creating something life-changing, winning some amazing prizes and showcasing your talents to the world sounds right up your street then enter the Imagine Cup. You can enter one of four competitions:
· Software Design
· Game Design: Xbox/Windows
· Game Design: Phone
· IT Challenge
This year we’re running a UK Software Design competition, while the other three competitions are run as global on-line competitions. The winning team from the UK Software Design Competition will travel to the World-Wide finals event in Australia in July 2012, as will the winners in the on-line Game Design and IT Challenge competitions. There are more Challenges coming – register now to keep up to date with the latest news.
Imagine Cup 2012 UK Software Design Competition, Prizes and Benefits
Take part in a local competition…
· In December we’ll be announcing a number of local Software Design competitions at universities around the country.
· There will be prizes for the top teams and someone from Microsoft will visit the university to see what the teams have achieved.
· The winning team (or teams) from the local competition will go through to the UK Software Design finals.
· If your university is not running a local competition you can still enter the UK Software Design Competition on-line.
Get through to the UK Software Design final…
· Your entry will be reviewed and judged by some of the brightest business minds in Britain, and they will provide your team with constructive feedback on your project.
· All entrants who reach the UK final will receive prizes.
Win the UK Software Design final…
· The winning team and their faculty mentor of the UK Software Design Final will win a trip to Sydney, Australia for the Imagine Cup worldwide finals*.
At the Imagine Cup Worldwide finals …
· First Place: $25,000 USD**
· Second Place: $10,000 USD**
· Third Place: $5,000 USD**
· The opportunity to apply for an Imagine Cup Grant of up to $100,000 to develop your idea further.
Game Design and IT Challenge Competitions: Prizes and Benefits
Game Design (Xbox/Windows and Phone)
· First Place: $8,000 USD**
· Second Place: $4,000 USD**
· Third Place: $3,000 USD**
How to enter the Imagine Cup
Now it’s time to enter the Imagine Cup Software Design Competition.
1. Register to get started and to keep up to date with all the latest news about the Imagine Cup.
2. Form a team of up to 4 students and choose a team name. Please note the IT Challenge is an individual competition.
3. Find a faculty mentor for your team.
4. Register your team and all team members and sign up to a competition. It’s a good idea to take a few minutes to read the Rules & Regulations for the Imagine Cup and for your chosen competition: Software Design, Game Design: XBOX/Windows, Game Design: Phone and IT Challenge.
5. Think of a great idea and start your project.
For any questions or more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
See the entry by Team Note-Taker from USA here.
*Trip includes round trip coach airfare from the major airport closest to winner’s home, standard hotel accommodations, select meals and activities.
** Prize money to be divided equally among each officially registered member of the team. Mentors will not be awarded any portion of the monetary prize winnings.