The Imagine Cup is Microsoft at its best: inspirational, empowering and energetic. http://www.imaginecup.com
Team up with friends or fellow developers to enter your world-changing software innovations in the U.K. Imagine Cup – a global student technology competition presented by Microsoft.
Whether it’s a game-changing app which solves a global problem, an innovative gee-whiz quality app with mind-blowing consumer appeal, or an addictive game you simply can’t stop playing, we want to help you leave your mark on the world. Who knows where the Imagine Cup can lead you to?
Team Colinked from the United Kindom, won $50,000 as the first-place winners of the Microsoft Imagine Cup Innovation Competition in 2013 with their mobile phone application “soundSYNK”. They were then invited to the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in London and after securing investment they are now running their technology start-up company called Gloop.
Imagine Cup UK – Key Dates
Tuesday 1st of March – Online National Preliminaries Round:
All Imagine Cup contestants are required to submit a project proposal. This should be a Microsoft Word or PDF document no longer than ten pages, or a PowerPoint presentation no longer than twenty slides, which explains your project and your team: who your team is; what your project does; who your project is for; and how you will bring your project to market.
Friday 11th of March – Online National Semifinalists Announced:
Imagine Cup contestants who have been successful in the first stage of the Imagine Cup competition and qualified through to the Online National Semifinal Round will be notified via e-mail by 18.00pm.
Tuesday 15th of March – Online National Semifinal Round:
Imagine Cup contestants who have successfully proceeded to this stage of the competition will be required to submit a presentation video of their project in which your entire team appears on camera to deliver the presentation as if to a panel of judges. This presentation should explain your project and your team: who your team is; what your project does; who your project is for; and how you will bring your project to market. Your video must be no longer than ten minutes and it may not have any edits or added visual effects. You may not move the camera during your presentation. In all respects it should replicate the experience of a judge sitting and watching your live presentation.
Friday 1st of April– National Finalists Announced:
The three finalists for the UK Imagine Cup National Final from each of the three categories will be announced by 18.00pm. All successful nine finalists will be notified via e-mail.
Friday 8th of April – National Final Presentation Submission Deadline:
All finalists must submit their presentation deck to the Imagine Cup UK team PowerPoint presentations should have a 16:9 aspect ratio and videos should be Windows Media Video file types. The deck submitted will be final and no changes will be allowed on the day for the UK Imagine Cup National Final.
Friday 15th of April– UK Imagine Cup National Final:
The UK Imagine Cup National Final will be taking place at the Microsoft UK Headquarters in Thames Valley Park, Reading.
Requirements for Imagine Cup UK National Finalists:
If you have been selected to participate in the UK Imagine Cup National Final you will receive an email on the April 1st, which will include key details around what time to arrive on the day of the finals and what time your pitch slot is.
National Finalists are required to prepare a 5-minute presentation to be pitched in front of our panel of judges and leading industry experts. You will be strictly kept to the 5-minute time slot which you have been allocated. This presentation must include slides to be projected during the pitch and any video footage to demo your project. Please ensure that you bring any laptops you wish to use in order to demo your project. No additional demo equipment will be allowed so we recommend you keep technical set-up simple.
Register your team now at https://www.imaginecup.com/category/index