10 Reasons to Care about Imagine Cup

The Microsoft Imagine Cup is a world’s premier student technology competition encourages students around the world to apply their imagination, their passion, and their creativity to solve the world toughest problems through technology innovations. In past years, students have created technology platforms to help relief workers locate victims, affordable devices to revolutionize classroom education in impoverished areas, and mobile games that teach children the importance of caring for the environment.

In ten years, the Imagine Cup has grown to be a truly global competition focused on finding solutions to real-world problems. Since 2003, over 1.4 million students have participated in the Imagine Cup with 358,000 students representing 183 countries and regions registering for the Imagine Cup 2011 competition. The Imagine Cup 2012 Worldwide Finals will be hosted in Sydney, Australia and we’re already excited to see the amazing ways that students will change the world through technology. You could be an Imagine Cup 2012 winner, so gather your friends and sign up for a competition today!

It is never too late to get started. Here, we give you 10 reasons why you as a student should join Microsoft Imagine Cup:


Reason #1 – Solve the World’s Toughest Problem

There are many challenges faced by our world today and even in our own local communities.  Imagine Cup knows students have the knowledge, the passion, and the drive to make a difference. Imagine Cup challenge students to help solve the 8 United Nations Millennium Development Goals by creating real-world applications and solutions that can help make the world a better place.  Students will develop, test, and build their ideas into applications that can help solve some of the world’s toughest problems, such as poverty, hunger, gender inequality, environmental sustainability, and access education and healthcare.


This is just part of the long post in Imagine Cup Social Media Team Blog. Check out the the other 9 reasons there.


by Ooi Keng Siang via Ooiks’s Blog

Imagine Cup 2012: Tips for Recording Video Demo

The due date for Imagine Cup 2012 Local Malaysia round one is coming soon and many Imagine Cup challenges second round due date too. As usual, recording a video of your system demo is usually one of the requirement for round one submission for Software Design in Imagine Cup Malaysia. If you haven’t start planing how to do your video demo, now is a good time to do so. Don’t wait until last minute because if you fail to plan mean you plan to fail.

Every year I’m sharing some tips and trick competitors should highlight and becareful when they are planning and creating their video demo of their system. I’m going to do this again this year. This is my personal point of view and it is NOT related with any Imagine Cup Malaysia round selection guide or what so ever. I would said, take it as a reference only.

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Imagine Cup 10th Anniversary Sweepstakes

The world’s premier student technology competition, Microsoft Imagine Cup is celebrating it’s 10th Anniversary by making joining the Imagine Cup community even more fun and rewarding.  By registering yourself at Imagine Cup offcial website, you will stand a chances to win a Kinect, a PC or an all-inclusive trip to Australia for the 2012 Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals in Sydney. If you haven’t register yourself, register today and start changing the world today!



  • Weekly Prizes: Kinect for Xbox 360. (6 winners per week)
  • Grand Prize: An all-inclusive trip to Australia for the 2012 Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals in Sydney. Includes (1) winner and guest. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $10,000.
  • Prize for Competitors: Sony Vaio PC and 3D camcorder bundle. (2 winners)


Easy steps to enter

  1. Register HERE. Please provide #10 as your referral code.
  2. Read HERE about the available competitions and challenges and Sign Up to compete in your favorite category.
  3. You’re done! You are now eligible to win a Kinect and a trip for you and a friend to Australia!
  4. Want to be eligible for the Competitor Prize? Become a Competitor and take the next step by taking a quick quiz or submitting and entry.

*Note: If you complete Step 1 without entering #10 as the referral code you will not be able to enter it at a later stage.


This Sweepstakes starts at 00:01 GMT on February 8, 2012, and ends at 23:59 GMT on March 13, 2012 (“Entry Period”). So you better act first. Oh before I forget, it is open for student only. Yes, student with age 16 and above only. For more information of the  sweepstakes, visit Imagine Cup official post.


by Ooi Keng SiangMSPSMT via Ooiks’s Blog

Imagine Cup 2012: Show the World What You Can Do

The Imagine Cup has something for everyone. Are you all about app development? Or does building a gadget prototype that leverages natural user interface motivate you? The Imagine Cup has added two new Challenges for you to grow your technical skills. Sign up and start competing today in the Windows Metro Style App Challenge sponsored by Microsoft Windows or the Kinect Fun Labs Challenge sponsored by Microsoft Studios.

Already signed up to compete in one of 2012 Competitions, Software Design, Game Design: Xbox/Windows, Game Design: Phone or the, Windows Azure or Windows Phone Challenges? Increase your chances to share your world-changing ideas at the Worldwide Finals in Sydney, Australia, by signing up to compete in one of these two new Challenges.


Captain Rob Miles sharing about Software Design


Captain Andrew Parsons sharing about Game Design


Captain Jura Clapman sharing about  Windows Metro Style App Challenge


Captain Dan Waters sharing about  Kinect Fun Labs Challenge


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Imagine Cup 2012 – Kinect Fun Labs Challenge

Microsoft is giving away 100 Kinect for Windows sensor away and only need to advanced to round 2 in order to grab one of them. Yes, this is the  Kinect Fun Labs Challenge that just announced in Imagine Cup 2012. Microsoft is challenge students to think about entertainment with a social conscience and brings the Imagine Cup into the living room.  It is a unique opportunity for students to develop applications that change the world with the Fun Labs area of Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE. The Imagine Cup Kinect Fun Labs Challenge will test students ability to build a prototype which leverages natural user interface (NUI) features such as skeletal tracking, speech recognition, face recognition, and gestures.


All you need  in round one is a project plan that describes your team’s gadget, the intent of your gadget, and details of the unique gadget features and how your gadget aligns to the Imagine Cup 2012 Theme – Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems. Round 1 submissions will be due at 23:59 PM GMT on 06 March 2012, so don’t be late and start your planning now.


Questions or doubt? Get your questions ready! Join Kinect Fun Labs Challenge Captain Dan Waters on 14 February at 16:00 or 23:30 GMT via Live Meeting and ask him about competing in the Kinect Fun Labs Challenge. There are two ways to join Live Meeting., found out at  Kinect Fun Labs Challenge page.


Source: http://www.imaginecup.com/Competition/mycompetitionportal.aspx?competitionId=68


by Ooi Keng SiangMSPSMT via Ooiks’s Blog

Imagine Cup 2012 – Windows Metro Style App Challenge

As we all know Windows 8 is on the way and is going to be the next big product of Microsoft in this year, so this year Microsoft Imagine Cup bring a new challenge to the student call Windows Metro Style App Challenge. Microsoft challenge the student to be at the forefront of those creating applications for this new platform. Apps are the center of the Windows 8 experience and great apps start with you. This Challenge will test students ability to prototype a Metro style app that takes advantage of Windows 8 features and design principles to deliver an experience that solves one of the world’s toughest problems and wows not only the judges but those across the globe. So sign up and get ready to take your first quiz!

The first round is super duper simple. Just grab your 3 smartest friends and join in the quiz. Your team just need to score more than 50% in order to get into the next round. Simple enough! Just select any one of the time during the 24 hour quiz session and join in.

  • Quiz 1 – 31 January 2012
  • Quiz 2 – 7 February 2012
  • Quiz 3 – 14 February 2012
  • Quiz 4 – 21 February 2012
  • Quiz 5 – 28 February 2012
  • Quiz 6  -6 March 2012


So you still have questions and doubt about this challenge? Then get your questions ready! Join Windows Metro Style App Challenge Captain Jura Clapman on 15 February at 16:00 GMT or 16 February at 03:00 GMT via Live Meeting and ask her about competing in the Windows Metro Style App Challenge. There are two ways to join Live Meeting, found it out at  Windows Metro Style App Challenge page.

Sources: http://www.imaginecup.com/Competition/mycompetitionportal.aspx?competitionId=70


by Ooi Keng SiangMSPSMT via Ooiks’s Blog

Imagine Cup 2012 – Azure & Windows Phone Challenge Announced

Imagine Cup official website has just announced 2 more challenges for students to join on year 2012. The 2 challenges are Azure Challenge and Windows Phone Challenge. Imagine Cup 2012 challenge students to use cloud computing solution and smart phone solution to solve the world toughest problems in United Nations Millennium Development Goals which help to create a better world.

One important thing to take note for students whom wish to join Windows Phone Challenge is the Windows Phone Challenge is not intended for game submission. For Windows Phone game application, they should join the Game Design: Phone category instead. If you are joining Software Design category and your solution use Azure service or Windows Phone, I will recommend you to join those challenges at the same time to increase your chances to go to the world wide final at Australia!

What? You haven’t even register yourself in Imagine Cup website yet? No worry if you haven’t think of which category to join or haven’t come out the idea. Just register yourself first so that you can receive the latest update from Imagine Cup through e-mail.

by Ooi Keng Siang – MSPSMT via Ooiks’s Blog

Imagine Cup Grants for 2011 Finalist

As announced during the Award Ceremony in Imagine Cup 2011 worldwide final at New York, Microsoft will given USD 3M grants for finalist to apply in order to kick start their idea. The detail of the grants is finally announced. the grant only have limited place for finalist, thus 2 round of selection will determine which team won the grant.

The grant will judge base on:

  • Problem Definition (10%): How well does the team convey their understanding of the complexities involved in addressing the problem and, how convincing is the argument that the issue they are addressing has broad appeal and relevance
  • Impact and Viability of the Solution (40%): To what degree will the solution have an impact on the issue? Is the solution technically and economically viable? Are the timing and conditions right for this solution? Has the solution already been implemented in some way to demonstrate or test that it is viable?
  • Solution Design and Innovation (20%): Does the solution provide an innovative approach the problem? How does it surpass previous or current solutions to this problem?
  • Team Quality and Motivation (30%): What is the quality of leadership in the team? How solid is the business planning for the solution? What are the obstacles for the team to take the solution to market? How does the team intend to organize itself to accomplish its plan?

It is a great opportunity for finalist to apply and kick start their business using the grant offer by Microsoft. The grant offer the following awards to those who successfully applied the grants:

  •  A Cash grant amount depending on the grantee team’s business plan and project scope. (Estimated between $75,000 U.S. Dollars and $100,000 U.S. Dollars)
  • Software required to support the implementation of their solution. Software offerings will be determined based on the needs of the grantee’s solution and go to market plan.
  • Mentorship by a Microsoft representative in their country or region.
  • Introductions to potential funders and partners.
  • Support from Microsoft local partners.
  • Access to Microsoft resources including Microsoft Innovation Centers, premium BizSpark benefits, time and support from Microsoft employees and product groups.

For more information on Imagine Cup Grants visit: http://www.imaginecup.com/CompetitionsContent/ImagineCupGrants.aspx

Every year Microsoft surprise me with how much money and effort their put on students through Imagine Cup. I can’t think of any student competition that can beat Imagine Cup, they give free trip, prize money, news coverage, grant, hardware and many more students to make sure they create something innovative. I’m looking forward the listen to the success story of the students through the grant offer by Microsoft.

by Ooi Keng Siang – MSPSMT via Ooiks’s Blog

Imagine Cup 2012 – First 4 Categories Announced

Imagine Cup official website just announced 4 categories for Imagine Cup 2012 which will be held at Australia. They are Software DesignGame Design (Xbox/Windows),  Game Design (Phone) and IT Challenge. For those who are interested to join IT Challenge, you better act fast as IT Challenge round one end earlier than any other categories. Are you looking for other categories like side award? They are not announced yet, but I’m sure Imagine Cup will reveal more and more categories in the future.

The theme for Imagine Cup 2012 is “Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems”. Imagine Cup challenge student to solve the toughest problems in United Nations Millennium Development Goals which help to create a better world. Remember to check out the MDG to make sure your idea is fit for the MDG problem.

What? You haven’t even register yourself in Imagine Cup yet? No worry if you haven’t think of which category to join or haven’t come out the idea. Just register yourself first so that you can receive the latest update from Imagine Cup through e-mail.

[Update 1] : What happen to Embedded Development, Game Design (Web) and Digital Media this year? Embedded Development is combined with Software Design while Game Design (Web) and Digital Media was removed in Imagine Cup 2012. This is kind of sad. Source: http://www.imaginecup.com/CompetitionsContent/FAQ.aspx

by Ooi Keng Siang – MSPSMT via Ooiks’s Blog