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Microsoft's Imagine Cup


Randy Guthrie (Microsoft Senior Technical Evangelist) shared this information about the Microsoft Imagine Cup with me:

Team up with friends or fellow developers to enter your world-changing software innovations to the U.S. Imagine Cup – a global student technology competition presented by Microsoft. U.S. finalists can win up to $6,000, startup and technology mentorship, and the chance to advance to the Imagine Cup global finals, where one team will be selected to win $100,000 for our 15th Imagine Cup anniversary.

Sign up to qualify by December 20, 2016 at 11:59 pm PT

All technology projects are welcome this year – the competition is no longer bound by categories. Get the official Imagine Cup rules here.

  1. Project must leverage Microsoft Azure (Get Azure for Students or email us at
  2. Maximum three (3) members per team
  3. You must be 16+ years of age and attending a US school or university

Quick sign up and next steps!
Visit to register with the following:

  1. Team Name and Team Member contact info
  2. Brief explanation of your idea in video (2 min) or in writing (250 words or less).

Open only to students who are legal residents of the 50 United States + DC, 16+ who are actively enrolled at a US school that grants high school or college/university degrees. Round 1 winter deadline is 12/20/16 at 11:59 pm PT. For full details, see Official rules and regulations.

Find out more! Questions? Email us at or visit Still looking for inspiration? Check out the 2016 U.S. Imagine Cup Finalists and World Imagine Cup Winners.

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