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Registrations for the  Imagine Cup 2014 are now officially open

This is the 12th year of Imagine Cup, and with that we are rolling out a new model which evolves the program to foster year-round engagement based on feedback we have received from institutions world wide.

So what is new?

The new model is designed to give more student developers the opportunity to get involved with Microsoft to learn, develop and innovate with our technologies, inspiring young people around the globe to reach their full potential.

We have some great new opportunities and a lot of cool new stuff to share, so be sure to spread the word about Imagine Cup to student developers and their faculty in your markets. We’ll be giving out more than $750,000 in prizes this year and we’ll have even more to add in the months ahead.

Where will the finals be?

The Imagine Cup 2014 Finals will be held in Microsoft home city Seattle

Competitions

Our three main competitions are back for 2014:

Games 

Innovation

World Citizenship.

And once again the prizes are substantial: $50,000 to the first-place team in each competition!

The UK were Winners in 2013 the competition had some amazing projects during the 2013 World Finals in St. Petersburg, Russia. Want to hear more about the journey see http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoftukstudents/archive/2013/07/23/judgement-day.aspx

Challenges

This year at Imagine Cup we want to help students get their project off the ground early and with the right planning. We’re launching a new series of global online challenges inspired by the Software Development Life Cycle to help students start fast and start smart:

  • Pitch Video Challenge (September-October): Record a five minute video with your team pitching your project!
  • Project Blueprint Challenge (November-December): Dig deep into your thinking and deliver a written project proposal highlighting your users, requirements, scenarios, and business model.
  • User Experience Challenge (January-February): How will people actually use your software? A great user experience transforms any solution so show us your user flow, wireframes, and a visual target for how your software will look on screen.

For each of our bi-monthly challenges, student teams can compete in:

Games

Innovation

and World Citizenship

With the top team in each category winning $3,000!

In addition, the top ten teams in each category will be honored as Challenge All-Stars.

All of these winners will receive expert feedback on their projects and they will be celebrated on our website for the entire Imagine Cup community to congratulate.

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