Could a Windows 8 app take you to Russia?

ImagineCupRussiaThis year’s Imagine Cup finals are in Russia, and there are lots of ways a Windows 8 app could get you to the finals.

You are going to see a lot of Windows 8 events and resources over the next few months as we approach the release of Windows 8 RTM. What’s really cool for students is the fact that if you build a Windows 8 app, not only can you publish it to the store which presents a huge opportunity in itself, you can also double down and enter that app in the Imagine Cup. You can enter any Imagine Cup category and potentially be flown to Russia for the World Wide Finals next July.

How can a Windows 8 app qualify for Imagine Cup?

  • Build a game and enter it in the Games Competition
  • Build an app you think has great business potential and enter it in the Innovation Competition
  • Build an app you think can help others and enter it in the World Citizenship Competition
  • Complete a quiz on Windows 8, and build a cool Windows 8 app and enter the Windows 8 App Challenge

Not sure how to build a Windows 8 app?

There are lots of great resources to get you started at

In particular I recommend the Getting Started with Windows Store apps which has getting started guides for all flavours of Windows Store apps.

How do you enter Imagine Cup?

Your first step is just to register at You can enter the challenge as an individual, and you can enter the Games, Innovation, and WorldCitizenship competitions in teams of 1-4 students and you are also allowed a mentor for your team. Dream it. Build it. Live it!

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