Imagine Cup 2008

Imagine Cup 2008 NZ Finals - FINAL RESULTS

For detailed information on this years competition guidelines click here

On Thursday the 1st of May four teams were brought up to Microsoft New Zealand's Auckland office in preparation for the Imagine Cup 2008 NZ Finals.

The agenda was chocka block, teams preparing, coding, testing, and practising on Thursday afternoon, followed by a finalist dinner party held at the WESTIN. Teams outside of Auckland were put up at the beautiful 5 star hotel, the WESTIN.

The event started off with morning rain and an early 7am breakfast for all teams in the MS Office. Following this, teams tried to calm their nerves as they awaited to present their projects in front of a line of high profile judges.

Imagine Cup NZ Finals - Judges

Rob O'Neil - Editor, Computerworld
Andy Hamilton - CEO - Icehouse
Mark Thomas - Founder, Right Hemisphere
Peter Macaulay - President Internet New Zealand

Teams had 20 minutes to present their project and 10 minutes of intense questioning by the judges. Judges had the gruelling task of assessing the teams and deciding on the best team to send to World Wide Finals in Paris, France.

Once all teams had presented, the media, public, and industry members had the opportunity to get a close look in to each teams project. Each team had the opportunity to show case their project and engage with the public for 1 hour before the judges announced the results.

In the final minutes leading up to the announcement, both the Managing Director of Microsoft New Zealand (Kevin Akhurst) and  Singapore Airlines (Tein Po Looi) shared a few words of inspiration with the Imagine Cup Teams.


Thanks to all our sponsors who made this event a huge success, WESTIN, SINGAPORE AIRLINES, INTERGEN, PROVOKE.


Pictures from the event coming soon....

Imagine Cup 08

STEP UP to IMAGINE CUP 2008 & WIN A TRIP TO FRANCE and your share of USD $170,000.00 in prize money!

Imagine Cup Software Design 2008

This year, Microsoft is calling on young programmers, artists and technologists around the world to "imagine a world where technology enables a sustainable environment." We’re challenging students to bring their ideas to life in a multifaceted competition that comprises nine categories, each catering to a different technological or artistic affinity. Students’ work will reflect valuable, real world solutions, while giving them the opportunity to compete for cash prizes. When coupled with the power of technology the potential of young people is unlimited and the ideas they develop for the Imagine Cup could significantly improve the lives of millions of people around the world. In this competition, everyone wins.

What is in it for you?

  • Get a unique opportunity to design and create a real project which will impact society and make a real difference.

  • Learn, work and gain experience in a supportive environment with assistance / guidance from industry mentors as well as professionals and academics. The journey is just as important and valuable as the end result.

  • Gaining critical contacts which can ultimately benefit for your immediate and future career options

  • Get a unique opportunity to design and create a real project which will impact society and make a real difference.

  • Compete in the NZ Imagine Cup 2007 Finals and get a share of NZD 10,000.00 worth of prizes from Microsoft.

  • Get a once in lifetime opportunity to travel to France for the worldwide finals and compete with the best in the world and winning some fantastic prizes

Interested? What do to next?

  • First, sign up at before 30th March 2008.

  • We will be in touch with you very shortly and discuss the next step with you.

  • Any questions about the NZ SDI, email

Can I compete in the Imagine Cup if I recently graduated from school?

Yes, you are eligible to compete if you meet the applicable age requirements, and you enrolled as a student at any time between January 1, 2007, and May 31, 2008. Additionally, the school at which you enrolled must be an accredited educational institution that grants high-school or college/university (or equivalent) degrees.

What do you need to submit?
There are altogether 2 submissions involved with the Software Design competition.

1. Project Proposal Submission
Each team is required to provide an overview document explaining the solution and how it related to the theme of the year. The document should include a short description of your project, possible user scenarios, functional and non-functional requirements, summary of application components, architectural overview, technologies and resources used in the application. This submission is just a guide for us to makesure your project aligns with the competition guidelines and is not assessed.

2. Final Project Submission

The final project submission is due on the 30th of March 2008. The final project deliverables include:

-   Application executables and read me files
-   Project specification, no more than 5 pages
-   One page executive summary
-   Visual representation of system architecture

3. Preliminary Round Presentation

Following the project submission, there will be a preliminary presentation round, where all teams will have to deliver a detailed presentation and demonstration to a selected panel of judges.  The presentation will last for 20 minutes followed by a 10 minute Q&A. Based onthe presentations and project submissions, the judges will determine the best three teams.

The top 3 teams will then be invited to attend the New Zealand Software Design Finals in Auckland in May. Each finalist team will have to deliver a detailed presentation and demonstration to the judging panel which will comprise of a number of industry and academic members and also a  guest audience will be present. The presentation will last for 20 minutes followed by a 10 minute Q&A.

General Guidelines

  • Teams of up to 4 individuals registered on Imagine Cup Web site before March 30th, 2008.

  • 1 mentor strongly suggested

  • Team members may come from different schools and countries

  • Theme: Imagine a world where technology enables a sustainable environment

  • Approximately 50 Teams will advance to the worldwide finals in France

  • Presentations and documentation at the worldwide finals must be in English.

  • Language requirements and rules for semi-finals are defined by the regional Microsoft subsidiary you compete within. To find contact information for your subsidiary, check

  • All projects must include at least 2 Required Elements and 2 Optional Elements.

Required Elements

  • Implement or consume a XML Web Service

  • Design project on .NET Framework 2.0 or later

  • Use of Visual Studio family (Express, Standard, or Team System) for development

Optional Elements

  • Implement or use a PopFly Block

  • Microsoft Interoperability techniques

  • Windows Live SDK

  • British Telecom SDK

  • Mobile device

  • .NET Compact Framework

  • ASP .NET

  • SQL Server

  • Imagine Cup sponsor resources


  • For regional semi-finals, subsidiaries will determine the specific deliverables for their competitors.

  • All regional-semi finalist projects must be a running software application that includes at least 2 Required Elements and 2 Optional Elements.

NZ Regional Final Prizes

1st Place – All expenses paid trip to attend WW finals + MSDN Subscription + More Prizes*
2nd Place – XBOX360 + MSDN Subscription + Official IC Certificate + Windows Vista Ultimate
3rd Place – MSDN Subscription + Official IC Certificate + Windows Vista Ultimate
All NZ Finalists will receive an Official IC Certificate + Official NZ IC T-Shirt

Worldwide Final Prizes

1st Place USD $15,000.00, 2nd Place USD $10,000.00, 3rd Place USD $5,000.00

Comments (1)

  1. Dinesh says:

    It will be a great oppurtunity to suceed in life

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