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 – 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 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