Thursday, August 16, 2007

Imagination Cup - The World’s Premier Student Technology Competition

This seems to be a week for competitions........

"The Imagine Cup is one way Microsoft is encouraging young people to apply their imagination, their passion and their creativity to technology innovations that can make a difference in the world – today. Now in its fifth year, the Imagine Cup has grown to be a truly global competition focused on finding solutions to real world issues."

View the world 07 winners slideshow.

The theme for 2008 is the environment - "imagine a world where technology enables a sustainable environment."

Online registration will open on August 25, 2007 for the 2008 competition. Check out the forum area for the 9 categories. The Nine different categories:

  • software design

  • embedded development
  • game development
  • Project Hoshimi
  • IT Challenge
  • Algorithm
  • Photography
  • Short Film
  • Interface Design

There is also a Innovation Accelerator Program that is in its 3rd year. Teams from the winning categories are selected for the Innovation Accelerator program . They receive technical support and business coaching to create the must-have technology and communications applications of the future. Over an intensive 2 week period, students further develop their designs and viable business plans with close guidance from some of the best minds at Microsoft and BT.

Requirements for competition:

  • You are 16 years of age or older at the time of entry.
  • You are actively enrolled as a student at an accredited educational institution that grants high-school or college/university (or equivalent) degrees any time between January 1st, 2008 and May 31st, 2008.

Get your students involved!

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