Imagine Cup–Who will represent Canada at World Finals in Seattle this year?

The deadlines and submission requirements for Canadian Imagine Cup Finals have been announced. Which Canadian students will represent us at the World Finals in Seattle this July?



The Imagine Cup World Finals are an experience like no other! 30+ teams of students from around the world who have built amazing solutions compete to earn the coveted Imagine Cup and $50,000! Last year we sent team ClaVision from the University of Lethbridge to compete against teams from as far away as Bahrain and New Zealand! Not only did the students get to meet students from around the world, they got valuable feedback from judges that included Christine Abernathy of Facebook, Technology Journalist Mary Jo Foley, Rahul Sood General Manager of Microsoft Ventures,and Bill Buxton of Microsoft Research! The top teams in each category faced off in front of Hadi Partovi of Code.Org, Erik Martin of Reddit and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella!

Once again, we will be sending a team of students to represent Canada at World Finals! Some teams have already started working on their projects, but it’s not too late to participate! Projects are judged based on a variety of criteria that includes technical design and business plans. Sometimes we see an entry which has done something simply amazing using Microsoft technology. Sometimes we see teams with relatively simple solutions that have big market potential.

Over the next few days, we will be posting blogs to share details about the three competition categories: World Citizenship sponsored by TakingITGlobal, Games, and Innovation.

Projects must be developed using at least one product in the Visual Studio family and must be built to require any one or more of the following platforms: Windows, Windows Phone, Windows Azure.

The deadline to submit projects for the Canadian finals is April 4, 2015 at 8 PM GMT

Each category will require teams to submit:

  • A video Presentation of your project to a panel of judges in which your entire team appears on camera to deliver the presentation as if to a panel of judges. This presentation should explain your project and your team: Who is your team is; what your project does; who your project is for; and how you will bring your project to market. Your video must be no longer than 10 minutes and it may not have any edits or added visual effects. You may not move the camera during your presentation. In all respects it should replicate the experience of a judge sitting and viewing your live presentation.
  • Software that is usable by the judges in a hands-on evaluation.
  • Software Instructions document explaining how to use your software.
  • Project Proposal Word or PDF document no longer than ten pages, or a PowerPoint presentation no longer than twenty slides, which explains your project and your team: who your team is; what your project does; who your project is for; and how you will bring your project to market.

If you or someone you know would be interested in participating in Imagine Cup, register at where you will find all the details! Good luck Canada!

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