UPDATE 2: Added "How to Submit Your Project" section at the end of this post.
UPDATE 1 (Jan 29, 2015): Due to unpredictable country situation for the past 2 months, we had decided to host the event online. Please keep this blog post handy.
Looking for that one prized opportunity to leave your footprint of contribution in your community with your arsenal of technological acumen? Well; fret no more! We are back with Microsoft’s premier student technology competition, Imagine Cup, returning for its 13th year with three big competitions: Games, Innovation and World Citizenship and 5th return in Bangladesh. This year, you could win a trip to compete in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A., the home of Microsoft for the coveted Imagine Cup trophy and $50,000. Travel & accommodation all expenses are borne by us.
Imagine Cup is your chance to:
- Break new ground, solve tough problems facing the world today, and maybe even turn your ideas into a business
- Get involved in the next wave of games and applications – the future is in your hands
- Learn new technological and entrepreneurial skills
- Test yourself against the brightest students around the world
- Make new friends
- Win cash, grants, and prizes
We are getting ready for Imagine Cup Bangladesh competition. Although we are losing months in political turmoil, we had to get back on track quickly right after country’s situation has been stabilized. Despite the risk involved, we would like to put up tentative dates as below for the competition:
|April 15, 2015 at 23.59||Online Project submission ends|
|April 16-21, 2015||Online judgment|
|April 22, 2015||Announcement of Bangladesh winners|
Similar to previous years, this blog post serves as the rules for Imagine Cup Bangladesh 2015:
- Your solution must be built on .NET Framework. Minor parts of the solution may use non-.NET components. If you are using such components make clear in the Project Summary document (you will be communicated about this – check email and Facebook event page often right after March 15) and describe how you are using it. What is minor/major usage of non-.NET components are solely decided by Microsoft Bangladesh.
- Usage of open source projects are allowed if the respective licenses permits. Major value delivery should be done by your code not by the open source projects, which is again to be determined by Microsoft Bangladesh. For example, we generally discourage to enter with a Mono project.
- Be always ready to open Visual Studio and show your code to us at any stage mentioned above during primary selection round.
- Be mindful of the hardware-centric solution. Please refrain from planning to showcase your work to us using emulator except for Windows & Windows Phone apps. If your solution has hardware interfacing, you have to demonstrate to us including the necessary hardware setup previously readied.
- World Citizenship, Innovation and Games, respective category’s rules and judging criteria applied along with the general rules and regulations.
- Winning the national finals does not mean advancement to the world finals. There will be another round of worldwide online semi-final to decide world finalists after the national finals. Therefore, only world finalists will make it to the final competition in Seattle.
- The competition is governed solely by Microsoft Bangladesh and we reserve the rights to take necessary steps accordingly case by case basis which are not directly covered by rules documents. Other rules will be governed by Imagine Cup global rules and scoring criteria, etc. (refer to References).
- Keep this blog post handy
Register Now before It’s Late
Grab this opportunity to stomp new horizon of possibility, passion, expertise, recognition and acquaintance. Gear up to flaunt your skills in the local as well as international arena of next-gen games and apps, and battle it out with the brightest students around the world. And who knows - with the technical support, mentorship and grants from Microsoft, your brainchild could become the next best business to an afflicting social issue and earn you the bragging rights, cash & prizes, and access to prestigious IT events around the world.
How to Submit Your Project
This part of the post is available in a separate post as well. Now that you have followed the instruction at https://aka.ms/icreg and registered your team, you now have to follow the instruction below to submit your project by April 15, 2015 at 23.59. Beyond that time period you will not be able to submit anything for the competition. We kept project submission an extremely simple process.
Step 1: Go to Dashboard. For this example, I already have created a team called Team Bangladesh and a list of competition available to me as a contestant from Bangladesh – register for the competition as I have done so for Innovation category as below:
Step 2: Now click on submit which will reveal the project artifacts for you to submit as part of your entry to the competition. Remember the deadline for submission is April 15, 2015 at 23:59. Make sure that you try to submit way before the deadline so that your internet won’t trouble you in the process.
The requirements of the submission are fully described in detail as seen above. Remember failure to send any of these, least but not limited to full source code of the solution zipped, instruction on setting up machine, list of freely available software/tools that need to be installed prior to running the program and how to run the program itself, 10-minute video of your presentation in wmv/mp4 format, project proposal in doc, docx, pdf, ppt, pptx no longer than 10-pages/20-slides.