· Q: What is the Imagine Cup?

· A: The Imagine Cup is the world’s premier student technology competition. It provides an opportunity for students to use their creativity, passion and knowledge of technology to help solve global challenges and make a difference in the world. While competing for cash and prizes, students gain real life experiences, make new friends, and turn their ideas into reality. Now in its 9th year, the Imagine Cup has grown to be a truly global competition focused on finding solutions to real world problems. Today, more than 300,000 students from 100 countries and regions have entered the Imagine Cup competition. The Imagine Cup is one way Microsoft is encouraging the brightest young minds to join together and, using technology, take on the toughest problems facing our world today.

· Q: What is the theme of Imagine Cup 2011?

· A: This year’s theme is "Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems." The Imagine Cup empowers students to use their creative and technical abilities to make a positive impact on society. Students are creating technology solutions that combat diseases, improve education, ensure environmental sustainability and reduce child mortality.

· Q: Why get involved?

· A: Imagine Cup is a channel to help you connect with industry professionals but also help passionate and enthusiastic students get connected with potential employers. The best way for students to seek out that amazing job is to get out there and get noticed. Get involved in the Imagine Cup and on top of all the skills attained you also build great networks within the IT industry. So give it a go!

· Q: How to get involved?

· A: Download the below proposal, fill it in as best you can with your great idea and email it to nzedu@microsoft.com , its that easy to take part, if you get selected as one of the top 20 teams – you will receive an industry and Microsoft mentor to help guide you to develop your prototype. For more information check out: www.imaginecup.co.nz – submit as many ideas as you wish, but hurry as the deadline closes 31st of October for the 2011 competition