Microsoft has launched its Imagine Cup competition in Rwanda, offering youth in the country the chance to win RWF34,000 (US$50,000) in prize money allow them to compete on the world stage.
Open to all students in Rwanda aged 16 years and above, the competition requires students to apply in groups of four.
“Microsoft Imagine Cup is the world’s premier student technology competition and we invite all eligible students to use their imagination and passion to create a technology solution in one of our competitions and challenges,” read a statement from the corporation.
The challenge will be organised three categories – Games, Innovation, and World Citizenship – and the teams will be tasked with coming up with an original idea, planning and building the project, and submitting it to Imagine Cup.
The submission can be software or a combination of software and hardware.
The best team will be selected to represent Rwanda in the Imagine Cup semi-finals in Seattle, United States, while three of the best in all categories will get to meet Microsoft founder Bill Gates.
Contestants have until March 31, 2014 to submit their applications on the Imagine Cup website www.imaginecup.com.