Get this: Forrester Research says the global market for cloud computing is going to be $241 billion by 2020. With the Windows Azure cloud platform you can quickly build, deploy, and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters – using any operating system, language, or tool. And you can do it fast.

The Imagine Cup Windows Azure Challenge is about getting you and your Team started on the “next big thing” by leveraging Windows Azure platform features to build a web application. We encourage you to keep an open mind and apply your creativity when considering what a web application is, as it can be more than just a website; it may be a service tier for supporting Windows Phone or Windows 8 client applications, embedded systems, a front-end for complex back-end workloads or anything you can think of.

Once you’ve formed your team and passed the Windows Azure Challenge Quiz, we’ll get you a free pass to develop on Windows Azure. There’s no reason to wait!

The sky’s the limit: Use Windows Azure to build a cloud-based app that can turn the market on its ear. It (and you) could be the technology industry’s Next Big Thing.

Win Bigger with the Windows 8 Boost! If you're one of the three Windows Azure Challenge winners at the Worldwide Finals in St. Petersburg, and your project includes a Windows 8 Store App, your team will win an extra US$1,000 thanks to the Windows 8 Boost! Please see the official rules for details.

Get started and register now at: http://compete.imaginecup.com/user/registration

Calendar

August 30, 2012
        Competition begins! You can take the Windows Azure Challenge Quiz right away

February 15, 2013
        Deadline to register your team.  All teams must have passed the Windows Azure Challenge Quiz

April 15, 2013
        Online Finals submission deadline for all countries   

May 15, 2013
        Finalist teams announced at www.ImagineCup.com

July 8-12, 2013
        Worldwide Finals in St. Petersburg, Russia