Imagine Cup is an annual competition sponsored and hosted by Microsoft Corp. which brings together young technologists worldwide to help resolve some of the world's toughest challenges. It is considered as "Olympics of Technology" by young technologists and is considered one of the top competitions and awards related to software design. The Imagine Cup comprises two major technology competitions, including Software Design, and Game Design. All Imagine Cup competitors create projects that address the Imagine Cup theme: "Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems". Started in 2003, it has steadily grown in size, with more than 358,000 competitors representing 183 countries and regions in 2011. The Imagine Cup Worldwide finals have been held all over the globe. The Imagine Cup 2017 Worldwide Finals will be held in Seattle, USA.
- 1 History
- 2 Competition structure
- 3 Winners
- 3.1 Software Design
- 3.2 Office Designer
- 3.3 Embedded Development Competition
- 3.4 Interoperability Challenge
- 3.5 Game Design
- 3.6 IT Challenge
- 3.7 Digital Media
- 3.8 Connected Planet Award
- 3.9 Microsoft Azure (Cloud)
- 3.10 Windows Phone
- 3.11 Windows 7 Touch Challenge
- 3.12 World Citizenship Competition
- 3.13 Innovation Competition
- 3.14 Facebook Creativity Award
- 3.15 AppCampus Award
- 3.16 Skype Award
- 3.17 Visual Studio Online Boost
- 3.18 Apps For Office Challenge
- 3.19 Windows & Windows Phone Challenge
- 3.20 User Experience Challenge
- 3.21 Pitch Video Challenge
- 3.22 Project Blueprint Challenge
- 4 Innovation Accelerator
- 5 Imagine Cup Grant
- 6 Recognition
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
The Imagine Cup began in 2003 with approximately 1,000 competitors from 25 countries and regions and has grown to more than 358,000 competitors representing 183 countries and regions in 2011. The Imagine Cup Worldwide finals have been held all over the globe. The Imagine Cup 2014 Worldwide Finals were held in Seattle, USA.
- 2003: Barcelona, Spain - Theme: Link between people, information, systems, and devices, using Web services and.NET as the springboard.
- 2004: São Paulo, Brazil - Theme: Imagine a world where smart technology makes everyday life easier.
- 2005: Yokohama, Japan - Theme: Imagine a world where technology dissolves the boundaries between us.
- 2006: Agra & Delhi, India - Theme: Imagine a world where technology enables us to live healthier lives.
- 2007: Seoul, South Korea - Theme: Imagine a world where technology enables a better education for all.
- 2008: Paris, France - Theme: Imagine a world where technology enables a sustainable environment.
- 2009: Cairo, Egypt - Theme: Imagine a world where technology helps solve the world's toughest problems.
- 2010: Warsaw, Poland - Theme: Imagine a world where technology helps solve the world's toughest problems.
- 2011: New York City, United States - Theme: Imagine a world where technology helps solve the world's toughest problems.
- 2012: Sydney, Australia - Theme: Imagine a world where technology helps solve the world's toughest problems.
- 2013: St. Petersburg, Russia - Theme: All dreams are now welcome.
- 2014: Seattle, United States
- 2015: Seattle, United States
- 2016: Seattle, United States
All Imagine Cup competitors create projects that address the Imagine Cup theme: “Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems.”
- Software Design: The Software Design competition challenges participants to use technology to solve what they consider to be the toughest problems facing the world today. Using Microsoft tools and technology, competitors create software applications. Participants develop, test, and build their ideas into applications that can change the world.
- Game Design: The Game Design Competition challenges participants to create a new game that illustrates the Imagine Cup theme.
There are a number of competitions and challenges within the Imagine Cup. The Software Design category is the primary competition in which its winners take home the Imagine Cup trophy.
|2004|| Team EPITA
Aymeric Gaurat Apelli
| Team Inspiration
| Team SmartEyes
|2005|| Team OmniMusic
|2006|| Team Even.ctor
| Team Trivial
|2007|| Team 3KC
|2008|| Team SOAK
| Team Housekeepers
|2009|| Team Sytech
| Team VitalLab
|2010|| Team Skeek
| Team TFZR
| Team OneBeep
|2011|| Team Hermes
| Team Note-Taker
| Team OaSys
Monir Abu Hilal
Hani Abu Huwaij
|2012|| Team quadSquad
|2005|| Team Solvent-OD
| Team FIBRA
| Team Paladin
Embedded Development Competition
|2007|| Team TriventDreams ED
|2008||Team Trail Blazers|| Team AcidRain
|2009||Team Wafree||Team iSee|
|2010 ||Team SmarterME||Team MCPU||Team GERAS|
|2008|| SKAN 
Sameet Singh Khajuria
| Ecologix 
Carlos Eduardo Rodrigues
| Together 
|2011 || Team Alaniarides
| Bells Team
Joao Paulo dos Santos Oliveira
|2008|| Team Mother Gaia Studio
| Drunk Puppy Productions
|2009|| Team LEVV It
|Epsylon Games||Sanguine Labs|
|2010 ||Team By Implication||NomNom Productions||Green Gears Studio|
|2011 Mobile||Geekologic||Close World Mobile|| Team Dragon
|2011 Web||Cellardoor|| Signum Fidei
|2011 Windows/Xbox||Signum Games||JubJub||WickedTeam|
|2012 Windows/Xbox||TANG Thai|
|2015 ||IzHard||Kuality Games||Thief|
|2008 ||Jean-Benoit Paux||Cosmin Ilie||Yan Liu|
|2010||WeiQiu Wen||Miklos Cari Sivila||zxc1984|
|2011 ||Jean-Sébastien Duchêne||Błażej Matuszyk||Yunheng Mong|
|2010||Mirror Vita||Dreaming Spirits||Woolgathering|
|2011 ||M.N.A.||Brothers Forever||CottonCandy|
Connected Planet Award
Microsoft Azure (Cloud)
|2011 ||HOMERUN||Zipi Zigi|| Lifelens
|2012 || Vivid
Nour El-Dien Hussein
| The Stack
Windows 7 Touch Challenge
|2011 || Team India Rose
World Citizenship Competition
|2013 ||For a Better World||Omni-Hearing Solution||Foodbank Local|
|2014 ||Eyenaemia||SMART Crew|| Access Earth
|2015 ||Virtual Dementia Experience||Mozter||Prognosis|
|2015 ||eFitFashion||NoObs Team||Siymb|
Facebook Creativity Award
|2014 ||ij Developers|
|2013 ||Team Ayni|
|2014 || Tep
|2014 ||Drive Social Impact
Visual Studio Online Boost
|2014 || Genesis
Apps For Office Challenge
|2014 || iGeek
Windows & Windows Phone Challenge
|2014 || Pomato Apps
User Experience Challenge
|2014 ||World Citizenship|
Pitch Video Challenge
|2014 ||World Citizenship
|2015 ||World Citizenship
Project Blueprint Challenge
|2014 ||World Citizenship
Team Life Up
The Imagine Cup Innovation Accelerator was a program that, between 2006 and 2008, provided Imagine Cup Software Design teams with direction on the next stage of developing their innovative ideas into a business. Each year, between 2006–2008, six teams were selected for the Innovation Accelerator program. Participants in the Innovation Accelerator program travelled to the Microsoft Mountain View campus in Silicon Valley and received technical support and business coaching to create the must-have technology and communications applications of the future. In 2010, Microsoft began inviting every Imagine Cup team to participate in its new program for startups: Microsoft BizSpark. With this program, startups receive access to current, full-featured software development tools and platforms.
Previous teams include:
- 2006: Brazil, China, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Norway, India
- 2007: Ireland, Jamaica, Korea, Mexico, Poland, Thailand,
- 2008: Australia, France, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, South Africa,
Imagine Cup Grant
A three-year, $3 million competitive grant program was established by Microsoft in 2011 to support a select number of winning teams’ solutions to go to market and realize its potential to solve a critical global problem. The inaugural grant recipients were announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on January 27, 2012 which included the following teams:
- Team Lifelens from the United States
- Team Apptenders from Croatia
- Team Falcon Dev from Ecuador
- Team OaSys from Jordan
The grant packages include US$75,000 for each team, as well as software, cloud computing services, solution provider support, premium Microsoft BizSpark account benefits and access to local resources such as the Microsoft Innovation Centers. Microsoft will also connect grant recipients with its network of investors, nongovernmental organization partners and business partners.
Imagine Cup participants from around the world who won their regional competitions in 2010 have been recognized by their government leaders. In October 2010, two Imagine Cup 2010 United States finalists (Wilson To  from the Mobilifeteam and Christian Hood from BeastWare) were invited to participate in the White House Science Fair. New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Hon. John Key sent Team OneBeep from New Zealand a personal letter that congratulated them on their third-place finish. Team Skeek from Thailand, winners of the 2010 Software Design competition, met Dr. Khunying Kalaya Sophonpanich, a member of Parliament and Secretary General of The Rajapruek Institute Foundation. Microsoft Poland and members of the European Parliament hosted the “Pushing the Boundaries of Innovation” conference in Brussels. Imagine Cup teams from Poland (fteams and Mutants), Serbia (TFZR), Germany (Mediator), and Belgium (Nom Nom Productions) were in attendance. Greek Imagine Cup winners, Giorgos Karakatsiotis and Vangos Pterneas, of Megadodo, met with the Prime Minister of Greece, George Papandreou, and demonstrated their project that creates personalized descriptions of museum exhibits based on the user's needs. Teams Xormis and Educ8 from Jamaica were honored with a special luncheon hosted by the Government of Jamaica that included an address from Hon. Bruce Golding, the prime minister. Team Think Green had the opportunity to meet with Ivo Josipović, President of Croatia.
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