Welcome to Imagine Cup 2015!

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…


Using Microsoft Azure for students

With our new free Azure offer, student developers can publish their own web apps to Azure and host them in the cloud, at no cost and with no credit card required. Students can take advantage of these great Azure services: Web Apps MySQL DB VSO Application Insights Please note that Visual Studio 2013 is not…


2016 Online Finals Deadline Extended!

This is an exciting time as students around the world have already started to submit their Imagine Cup 2016 Online Finals entries! Due to a technical difficulty some competitors were not able to submit. Well, we’ve got some exciting news for you: we’re extending the deadline to March 23rd, 2016! We want to make sure that…


Microsoft Imagine & NASA Introduce Imagine Cup Earth Global Student Contest

Of all the worlds in our vast universe, none matters more to us than Earth. Advances in space science have paid off right here at home, as the latest satellite imaging technology can not only bring us the surface of Pluto but reveal the intricate complexities of Earth itself. Students ages 6-18 worldwide are invited…


Welcome to Visual Studio 2015 with Azure!

With Visual Studio 2015 and the Azure SDK, you’re ready to get started coding for the cloud. Let’s create a simple website and publish it to Azure, all within Visual Studio 2015, and see how this works. You should have already: Installed Visual Studio Community 2015 Installed the Azure SDK 2.7[JST1] [BG2]  Activated your free Azure…


Meet Bill Gates

At Imagine Cup, we believe in the power of students to change the world. And we don’t have to look very far for a great example: Bill Gates was the university student, along with his friend from high school, Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft. They know what it means to dream big and work hard….


Building a Winning Team

The most important part of any Imagine Cup project is the team. Software development has become more of a cross-disciplinary effort. Today’s developers are working alongside marketers, business managers, user experience designers, system architects, network specialists, usability experts, social-media managers, and many other roles. If you’re studying programming in school and you imagine you’ll spend…


Meet the Pitch Video Challenge 2015 Winners!

The judges have watched all the videos, reviewed the judging criteria, and made their decision. We’re pleased to announce the winners and honorable mentions for the 2015 Imagine Cup Pitch Video Challenge! The competition was extremely fierce this year, with many high-quality pitch videos submitted in all three categories. In some cases, the scoring was…


Announcing the 2016 Big Idea: Plan Winners!

After a lot of deliberation, evaluation and review, the judges have given us their decisions. It’s time to announce the winners of the Big Idea: Plan Competition! The 2016 Big Idea: Plan Winners are: In the Games category, our winner is Monolight from Indonesia, for Monolight, their 2D illusion based puzzle adventure game! In the Innovation…


How To Win Big Idea: Plan

The Big Idea: Plan deadline is coming up fast, and if you still haven’t written your entry and submitted it, now is the time to sit down and start working! Today I’m going to go over the judging criteria for the Challenge, talk about what you need to do to win, and give some advice. Don’t…