What is the Imagine Cup?
The Imagine Cup is a global celebration of technology and innovation amongst students which aims to solve the world’s toughest problems. After hours of MS mentoring, pitches, finals and much needed cups of coffee, students from all over the world, 100 countries, come together for the National Finals which are to be held in Cairo, Egypt this year! Should you get to the National Finals you’ll receive all expense paid trips and win the chance to experience technology as you never have done before.
The theme for the Imagine Cup 2008 was environmental sustainability and due to fantastic responses, entries and ideas all round, this year’s theme is broad and even more challenging! This year the Imagine Cup is aiming to help provide solutions for the 8 Millennium Goals established by the UN- click here to learn more about the 8 Millennium Goals. Simply choose which goal it is you wish to help solve, work out how this could fit in with your chosen category for entry and any existing ideas and get going! It’s as simple as that.
Just by registering you will receive a Starbucks voucher as a Welcome gift (while stocks last) as well as having the chance to win some amazing prizes such as a Dell Inspiron 1525, given away monthly. This excludes the fantastic opportunities that are available if you decide to compete in the competition. You can also keep up to date with the progress of the Imagine Cup 2009 via the optional UK newsletter; go on to compete in the Imagine Cup and more. By competing you will gain critical CV differentiation from peers (ideal for when applying for graduate jobs); enhance your chances of MS employment, as well as gaining a whole load more life experience and skills.
How do I get started?
It’s easy to get going- just form a team with other enthusiastic and willing students, then just decide which category is most suited to your abilities. If you are struggling to find a team to enter the completion with, email UKMSP@microsoft.com with your details and the category you are interested in, and we will do our best to pair you up! Beware as some categories have deadlines for entries such as Software Design which closes 30 November. Top tip: try to ensure that at least one member of the group is comfortable with giving presentations as your ideas/ entry will need to be pitched to Microsoft.
Once you have your team, category and dynamics sorted out, you need to decide which world problem you will attempt to solve (see the 8 Millennium Goals) and get cracking with ideas for your entry.