The final of the Imagine Cup 2016 took place at the Microsoft HQ at Reading the event was amazing showcasing talent from UK universities and colleges.
Meet the UK Finalists teams. see https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/uk_faculty_connection/2016/04/11/imagine-cup-2016-uk-finalists/
Friday saw ten teams attend the Imagine Cup UK National Final - the largest student developer competition in the world. This built up on a year-long journey of partnerships with key communities and partners and value add to the teams in entering the competition.
the Imagine Cup is the springboard of an inter-connected journey which takes students from student developer all the way to a technology start-up.
This year judges for the UK finals came from
Enterprise Educators UK, NACUE, Microsoft Ventures and ID@Xbox
This presented a number of opportuties for the Students teams allowing them to engage from the point for start-up and ensure success at pitching and to maximise the commercial viability of their projects, providing them access to knowledge and expertise from both Xbox and Microsoft Ventures will be critical in ensuring the teams are supported from both the technical and commercial perspective.
All the category winners have additionally been offered training sessions in order to best prepare them ahead of the World Final where they will get the opportunity to win a 1:1 mentoring session with Satya Nadella and win $50, 000.
We had over 691 registrations leading to a final round of 33 shortlisted and then 10 teams in the UK final.
“My experience with the Imagine Cup was truly awesome. To see the Microsoft facilities in Reading, to meet the head of ID@XBOX and to make so many connections was incredible and inspiring as a student” - Stuart Adams student at West College Scotland
“We were thrilled to be given the opportunity to represent Abertay University in the UK national final of the Imagine Cup. It was great to be able to network with students of other teams in a wide variety of fields, from across the country. We received invaluable feedback on our Games for Change project, Namaka, and had the chance to get expert advice from both entrepreneurs and professionals at Microsoft. Moving forward we'll be able to apply everything we learned from the experience to both our current projects and our work in the future.” # Cian Roche student at Abertay
The Winners of each category are
Gaming: Team Finalist
Innovation: Team Finalist
World Citizenship: Team Finalist
The three finalists are now competing at the world semi-final and one team will proceed to the World Final in Seattle at the end of July. The three winners are Sapient from the Games category, Insightfull from Innovation and Ribonostics from World Citizenship and the world finalist will be announced in June.
Congratulations to the UK winners who now go through to the WW finals selection where one of the teams will be chosen to represent the UK at the WW finals.