Registration for the 2013 Microsoft Imagine cup is in progress. According to John Scott Tynes, Imagine Cup Competition Manager at Microsoft Academic Programs, the competition is a chance for students to Impact the World and not just win cash, grants, and prizes or a free trip to St. Petersburg, Russia.
Microsoft’s Imagine Cup is the world’s most prestigious student technology competition, bringing together student innovators from all over the world according to Microsoft.
The competition involves students in games and applications and new technological skills.
The competition will be in three categories: the Games Category requires students to come up with a great game to be played on console, PC, phone, slate. The Innovations Category looks at reinventing social networks, transforming online shipping and experiencing music in a new way while the third, the World Citizenship Category, requires students to make apps that could change lives through the environment, education, health or using tech for social change.
Now held for over 10 years with more than 1.65 million students from more than 190 countries participating, this year’s challenge has the biggest prizes in the history of Imagine Cup.
The first prize will take home $ 50,000, the 2nd Prize $10,000 while the 3rd will take home $ 5,000. Finalist teams will be flown to St. Petersburg, Russia, in July of 2013 where the Worldwide Finals will be held.
The Imagine Cup 2013 wants the young students to break new ground, solve tough problems facing the world today, and also turn their ideas into business, according to the organizers.