Welcome to Imagine Cup 2015!


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I can’t believe it’s here already! This is the thirteenth season of Imagine Cup but it’s only been a few weeks since the 2014 season ended spectacularly with Team Eyenaemia from Australia taking home the Imagine Cup and teams Brainy Studio and Estimeet placing first in Games and Innovation respectively.

Since the end of our 2014 World Finals, we’ve already flown Brainy Studio back to Seattle so they could attend the PAX Dev game developer’s conference and showcase their game for all four days of the PAX Prime game festival.

And later this week, Eyenaemia is returning to Seattle for a private meeting with Bill Gates followed by a week at Microsoft hosted by the YouthSpark team so they can meet with engineers, businesspeople, and other experts to help them move their project forward.

Of course, Team Estimeet has their time coming, too: as the winner of our Innovation competition, they’ll be spending four weeks at a Microsoft Ventures accelerator early next year. And I’m sure all three teams are working on how to best use the $50,000 prize each one took home.

Twelve months from now, that could be your team! But there’s only one way that’s going to happen: you’ve got to get started on your own amazing Imagine Cup project.

Choose Your Path

The first step is the most important: will you choose the Games Competition, the Innovation Competition, or the World Citizenship Competition? Each one is a very different path including multiple contests. Here’s how you choose:

Games: If it’s a game, it belongs on the Games Path. If you’re hoping to entertain your users, give them a fun interactive experience, or even challenge their assumptions about what a game could be, the Games Path is your home.

Innovation: The Innovation Path is the place for the next big thing. Are you looking to change the way people use technology? Are you planning something that will disrupt the current paradigm? Do you see your app in everyone’s hands, all over the world? If that sounds like you, you’re in the right place.

World Citizenship: Do you want to make the world a better place? The World Citizenship Path is for projects that want to address an important social problem such as disease, natural disasters, civil rights, poverty, access to vital information, gender equality, and so on. It’s about solving real problems for real people.

Take the Challenges

Within each path, we have four contests: the Pitch Video Challenge, the Project Blueprint Challenge, the User Experience Challenge, and finally the main competition itself. You don’t have to compete in all the contests for a given path — you can do one, skip one, whatever you like. But we can tell you from experience that students who compete in one or more of the Challenges do better when they reach the main competition. Last year, of the 171 teams who reached the World Semifinals round, almost half had previously competed in one of our Challenges.

For this year’s Challenges, we have changed the rules and the submission requirements for each one so they are tightly integrated into their Path. For example, that means the User Experience Challenge for the Games Path has different materials and different judging criteria than the one for the World Citizenship path.

Introducing Code Hunt

We also have one entirely new contest to share with you, and it’s a great one. In partnership with Microsoft Research, we are very excited to bring you the Code Hunt Challenge! Code Hunt is an online coding puzzle game created by Microsoft Research. It’s fast, fun, and really cool. Anyone with basic programming skills can try Code Hunt right now on their website to learn what it’s like, but every month from now through April we’ll have a special 48-hour Code Hunt Challenge! Register right here at the Imagine Cup site and on the third weekend of each month, you’ll have access to a special Code Hunt puzzle just for Imagine Cup students. The top scoring student each month will win $1,000 and every student who competes will be eligible for our $5,000 grand-prize sweepstakes!

Can You Imagine?

The 2014 season of Imagine Cup was incredible, and I know many of the teams who competed will go on to launch great projects this year, next year, and beyond. But I also know that there is a whole new wave of students who will do amazing work and surprise us all over again. Will you be one of them? Imagine that!

John Scott Tynes
Microsoft Student Developers Program Lead

Comments (116)

  1. AROWOLO JOSHUA says:

    When is the next competition commencing?

    1. Антон Бурлаченко says:

      18 of september

  2. Alvis Wong says:

    I really want to join a team
    Or anyone else wants to form a new one?

    1. 姣 罗 says:

      me too .My Team welcomes you.

    2. bedan baraza says:

      Hey can we form a team

  3. ROAA SAID says:

    I want to join a team

    1. Alvis Wong says:

      Hi I’m from Hong Kong, would you be interested to start a new team?

      1. Shahzad Brohi says:

        yup

    2. Minh Tân Lê says:

      I am from Vietnam, I want to join a new team 🙂

    3. Alvis Wong says:

      Should we for a new team?

      1. Ritwik Kaulas says:

        Hey add me in your team. I am from India.

        1. Alvis Wong says:

          Now we have four people here 😀

          1. Wycliffe Aluga says:

            Anybody with a team and a task? I am from Kenya

          2. Alvis Wong says:

            Does anyone know how to create a team and add us in?

          3. Ritwik Kaulas says:

            Alvis.. Can I add you in my second team?

          4. Alvis Wong says:

            Nice! Thank you

          5. bedan baraza says:

            can we form a team

          6. bedan baraza says:

            lets form a team

        2. Jon Jun says:

          I hail from Malaysia, could I join your team?

      2. Juan Arrieta says:

        Venezuela here

    4. Ayush Singh says:

      ya u can joinn mine Sam Developers

    5. Said Broud says:

      From New York. I would like to form a new team with you

    6. Isma Haro says:

      I’m from Mexico searching for a team ;D

  4. Nathan Baya says:

    When will be the audition and national competition in Manila?

    1. John Scott Tynes says:

      Hi Nathan,

      We won’t have information about our National Finals competitions until later this year. But for now, you can get started with the Pitch Video Challenge and the Code Hunt Challenge right here on our website!

    2. Mark Anthony Laureta says:

      You from Philippines? Do you have a team already? I would like to join in.

  5. Imran Emi says:

    I need a bangladeshi member in my team . my fb :
    https://www.facebook.com/imran.c.emi

  6. Edgar Landavazo says:

    When is the Imagine Cup 2015 start date?

  7. SYED JUNAID AHMED says:

    wow amazing competition,i never have seen this kind of contest ever before awaiting to participate ……

  8. Alvis Wong says:

    Is there a community where we can meet new friends?

  9. Mujib Sahak says:

    I am going to make a team……….who is interested to join

      1. Rishikesh Paul says:

        Do u want to be in my team

        1. Alvis Wong says:

          Can I be in your team?

          1. Rishikesh Paul says:

            YES U CAN

          2. Alvis Wong says:

            What’s your email

          3. Rishikesh Paul says:

            My email ID: rishikeshpaul69@live.com

    1. MALLIREDDY MANIKANTA says:

      me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Rishikesh Paul says:

    Hey guys I’ve created a new team named SCORPIO for innovation challenge any Indians want to be in the team

  11. BRIAN ADEMBA says:

    Happy to join this group of enthusiasts like me

  12. RISHAV KUMAR says:

    whhoop!!.. much excited 🙂

  13. RISHAV KUMAR says:

    is there anyone interested in being my team member?

    1. Alvis Wong says:

      Hi may I join your team?

    2. Willame Soares says:

      Yes. I’d appreciate if I could join you. I’m from California

      1. Jose Varias says:

        Me too, if you have from space.

  14. Willame Soares says:

    I really want to join in some team. I’m from California.

    1. syed yaseen uddin says:

      Add me if there is place in your team my fb id is syedyaseenuddin@rocketmail.com

  15. Anirudh Gali says:

    Hi, I’m from Tempe, Arizona. I am looking to join a team. If anybody is looking for a teammate, ping me at https://www.facebook.com/ganirudh.

  16. 文宇 周 says:

    Hey , Everyone , I’m Developer(B/S ,Web) , from china mainland , I have a passion for technology, In third years of Website&business, And I Participated in many speech (Thousands of spectators), Now back to the College from the Society, I want to find some friends to do something together , If you’ve got interests in this , please contact me, Email: internet0574@163.com & super-giraffe@qq.com . Let your story becomes our story , Thanks 🙂

    1. William Overstreet says:

      i am interested

  17. Muhammad Abubaker says:

    I am having a problem while i clicked a link to Play the codehunt chaallenge in code hunt website.
    The error Said : “LOCKED”
    and i have 4 options to select for
    01Earth
    02Moon
    03Sun
    04Stars

    What should i do ?

  18. Prashanna Aryal says:

    Hi I’m from Oklahoma and I’m really excited to join a team. Is there any team left that can add me message me http://www.facebook.com/prashannaaryal.

  19. Nitis saurabh says:

    i was among top 9 teams in pitch video contest 2k14 but they had not shipped my certificates and package yet….and the frustrating part is that …they even not answering to my mail. shamefull 🙁

    1. Suraj Hinge says:

      Really Man can your whatsapp me on my number *** and email id is surajhinge@hotmail.com

  20. Suraj Hinge says:

    whatsapp me on my number *** and email id is surajhinge@hotmail.com join me internationally

    1. Rishikesh Paul says:

      HEY why don’t u join my team.Just think and reply me as early as possiblke

  21. MALLIREDDY MANIKANTA says:

    can anyone join me in imagine cup ??

    1. Alvis Wong says:

      Which competition are you joining, game, innovation or world citizenship?

  22. loke chun eng says:

    Hello,
    I am a student accountant and computer engineer from NZ. This is my 1st time here 😀

    Anyone keen to take me onboard? 😛

    1. 文宇 周 says:

      Hey, I’m Developer(B/S ,Web) , from china mainland , I have a passion for technology, In third years of Website&business, And I Participated in many speech (Thousands of spectators), Now back to the College from the Society, I want to find some friends to do something together , If you’ve got interests in this , please contact me, Email: internet0574@163.com & super-giraffe@qq.com . Let your story becomes our story , Thanks

      1. Hemant Kumar says:

        is your team made?

  23. Anurag Tiwari says:

    Hello Guys, I am from India and Want to be a part of any team

  24. amose beats says:

    Hunting For a team Any catch close? 🙂

  25. Jose Varias says:

    Can I join anyone’s team? Let me know!

  26. Vishal Aditya says:

    Imagine since I lost for 2014’s registrations. This time I have registered 1yrs earlier (*_*) to compete and win ($_$)
    Dream It! Build It! Live It!

  27. José G. Ramírez says:

    ¿Y dónde está el talento Venezolano? ¡Vamos! Únete al DEVenezuela, y rompamos el esquema que nuestro país necesita: Sobresaltar telecnológicamente con éste reto.

    Saludos.

  28. rumbie ngoshi says:

    Im from zimbabwe want to join a team

    1. TonySylver Nyatsambo says:

      Have you found a team Rumbie?

  29. 风云 顾 says:

    I want to jion a team

  30. hema shawky says:

    is the competition of imagine cup start ?

  31. Gole Andrew says:

    I will surprise the whole world… Can you imagine

  32. Said Broud says:

    I wanna join a team.

  33. Jonathan Jordan says:

    I’m looking to join the best team out there, I’m from England and I have a lot of experience.

  34. sahil jindal says:

    i am from India and i want to join a team.

  35. 奔驰 苏 says:

    我电脑技术不高,可以报名吗?

  36. 奔驰 苏 says:

    I am a middle school student, computer technology is not high, can sign up for you

  37. Shubham Singh says:

    I want to present my technology idea, which could change the way people use technology. But it doesn’t primarily use any software, its a device. I wanna know is it a valid entry for imagine cup, if so then under which category does this comes under. Thanks in advance.

    1. Wilian Yurick says:

      Hello , I’m from Brazil , and I am interested in getting into a team. And the next ImagineCup , will be here in my parents .. uhuu
      interested: willwcw@gmail.com

  38. mallesh malannanavar says:

    I want to join a team

  39. yan zi says:

    Amazing

  40. mukesh yadav says:

    i want to join

  41. mohit malik says:

    i want to join

  42. syed yaseen uddin says:

    Hi everyone I am from india and need to join a team so can anyone add me. Message me on fb my id is syedyaseenuddin@rocketmail.com

    1. Rishabh Abhani says:

      Hello, I am from Bombay and if you are interested lets form a team together.
      Contact Me at angelscreations444@gmail.com

  43. Sanjana Pattnaik says:

    I am from INDIA. I want to join a team . if anyone forming a new team n intrested for members . mail me at . sanjana.pattnaik1995@gmail.com.

    1. Wilian Yurick says:

      Hello , I’m from Brazil , and I am interested in getting into a team. And the next ImagineCup , will be here in my parents .. uhuu
      interested: willwcw@gmail.com

    2. mallesh malannanavar says:

      I build a team so you intrast to join team send conformation message to my mail
      my mail malleshnm9@gmail.com

    3. Rishabh Abhani says:

      Hello, I am from Bombay and if you are interested lets form a team together.
      Contact Me at angelscreations444@gmail.com

  44. Venkata Saikiran says:

    I am interested in joining a team from India(Telangana) Region..Please do ping me!!!!

    1. mallesh malannanavar says:

      I build a team so you intersat to join my team send conformation message to mail
      my mail malleshnm9@gmail.com

  45. 逊 孙 says:

    Hi I’m from China, can one team have more then 4 members?In the web,one team can only accept 4 members.Thank you~

  46. SSEMUGABI COLLINS NORMAN says:

    am toooooooo excited to participate

  47. William Overstreet says:

    who has a team? Can i ?

  48. William Overstreet says:

    is there anyone want to build up a team together?

  49. William Overstreet says:

    how do I get in the first round

  50. Dibyanshu Shekhar says:

    can i participate in imagine cup alone.or how can i get a random team

  51. Laili Annas Sholikhan says:

    is there any special rule for World Citizenship category?

  52. mallesh malannanavar says:

    i really want to join a team

  53. GASTON FOTSO says:

    Hi everyone I am from cameroon and need to join a team so can anyone add me. Message me on fb my id is fotsogaston@yahoo.fr

  54. 倩倩 邢 says:

    I got it!

  55. saptarsi basu says:

    How may I expect a job at Microsoft through ImagineCup

  56. saptarsi basu says:

    I want to join a team. Please contact me at mailtobasu.7@gmail.com

  57. Sk Wasim Ali says:

    Am in. Ready to Compete.

  58. Isma Haro says:

    I’m from Mexico searching for a team ;D

  59. ammireddy chirla says:

    I want to join in a team… anyone interested??

  60. Sourabh Singh says:

    I am really excited………for this event or competition

  61. Brian Varley says:

    Hi, just wondering how you enter this competition and submit your application? I’ve found this page but there’s no email or submission link. I’m looking to enter the World Citizenship comp. Thanks

  62. lili 1-1 says:

    Where can I find the deadlines of competition ?

  63. 展国 宫 says:

    who can tell me how to submit my projiect

  64. nadeem qqq says:

    i live in Saudi Arabia , i have a lot of good ideas and i need a good team

  65. Piyush Pal says:

    When will be the result of video submission be declaring #Imaginecup2015

  66. jignesh savaliya says:

    any one wants to join my team?

  67. john pinney says:

    I have little more than a concept i have been searching to complete graphene nanobots using lasers to etch artificial diamonds ti use impurities as the diodes for circuitry to assemble diamond graphene exoskeleton better than ironman as well as instant hardware emulation of all machines and electonic devices by programmed replication… i nead a team as i have none of the resources or skills to complete this alone…. reach me at firobug@gmail or facebook.com/grapheneexoskeleton to form a team

  68. bedan baraza says:

    Hi am from Kenya and am looking forward to this Competition

  69. Khursand Shakeel says:

    I have formed a team and registered for ‘Hello Cloud’ contest. Someone please tell me whether we can participate in it or not, as it initiated in September.
    If we can, why isn’t there any option for submitting an entry?
    Please reply asap.

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