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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. The Imagine Cup comprises five major technology competitions, including Software Design, and four challenges (although the challenge number is updated annually). 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 2015 Worldwide Finals will be held in Seattle, USA.[1][2]


Mistory group - 2015

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.[1]

  • 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

Competition structure[edit]

A team of competitors from Portugal - Imagine Cup Poland, 2010

All Imagine Cup competitors create projects that address the Imagine Cup theme: “Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems.” Imagine Cup 2011 consists of five competitions, including: Software Design, Game Design, Embedded Development, Digital Media and Windows Phone 7. In addition, participants may also compete in four challenges, including: Orchard, IT, and Interoperability and Windows 7 Touch.


  • Software Design: The Software Design competition challenges students 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. Students develop, test, and build their ideas into applications that can change the world.[3]
  • Embedded Development: The Embedded Development competition allows students to go beyond the desktop to build a complete hardware and software solution that addresses global societal problems.[4]
  • Game Design: The Game Design Competition challenges students to create a new game that illustrates the Imagine Cup theme.[5]
  • Digital Media: In the Digital Media competition, teams create web video submissions that address the Imagine Cup theme.[6]
  • Windows Phone 7: The Windows Phone 7 competition challenges students to create applications for Windows Phone 7 that address the Imagine Cup theme.[7]


  • IT: The object of the IT Challenge is to highlight the art and science of developing, deploying, and maintaining IT systems that are efficient, functional, robust and secure.[8]
  • Interoperability: The Interoperability Challenge is designed to recognize the software application that best leverages out-of-the-box Microsoft technologies and blends them with other technologies to connect people, data, or diverse systems in a new way.[9]
  • Orchard: The Orchard Challenge tasks students with creating applications that can be used online, such as a shopping cart and checkout system, video gallery or maps and geolocation services.[9]
  • Windows 7 Touch: The Windows 7 Touch Challenge tasks students with leveraging Windows 7 Touch technology to help people use their computer in a more natural, accessible, and interactive way.[10]


The Microsoft Corporation has been criticized for including provisions in the competition's legal documents, stating that by accepting their prizes, winners agree to allow Microsoft to use concepts, techniques, ideas or solutions from the winning applications "for any purpose." Also, the competition has been criticized for being rather Microsoft-centric, with demands such as "the entry must be designed on.NET Framework 2.0 using Microsoft Visual Studio" or "30% of the scoring in this round will be based on use of showcasing the.NET framework".[11]

Microsoft's Rules and Regulations,[12] however, contains a section stating that students' intellectual property will be respected, and that neither Imagine Cup competition nor Microsoft claim ownership of the materials provided by the competitors. It is important to highlight that for the sake of the judgment, internal elements of the solution might be made public to the judges.


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.

World Citizenship Competition[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
2013 [13] Portugal For a Better World Taiwan Omni-Hearing Solution Australia Foodbank Local
2014 [14] Australia Eyenaemia Taiwan SMART Crew Republic of Ireland Access Earth
Matthew McCann
Jack Gallagher
KC Grant
Donal McClean
2015 [15] Australia Virtual Dementia Experience Singapore Mozter Greece Prognosis

Innovation Competition[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
2013[16] United Kingdom soundSYNK
Robert Parker
Alex Bochenski
Jonathan Neumann
Edward Moel
Slovenia Dora Thailand SkyPACS
2014[14] New Zealand Estimeet
Hayden Do
Jason Wei
Chris Duan
Derek Zhu
Hungary Tep Bahrain ButterFly
2015 [15] Brazil eFitFashion Azerbaijan NoObs Team United Kingdom Siymb

Software Design[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
2004 France Team EPITA[17]
Aymeric Gaurat Apelli
Francois Beaussier
Guillaume Belmas
Vincent Vergonjeanne
Russia Team Inspiration[17]
Ukraine Stanislav Vonog
Russia Nikolay Surin
Ukraine Konstantin Zhereb
Ukraine Taras Kushko
Greece Team SmartEyes[17]
Eleni Korkontzila
Dimitrios Bisias
Styliani Taplidou
Nikolaos Trichakis
2005 Russia Team OmniMusic[18]
Ukraine Stanislav Vonog
Russia Nikolay Surin
Russia Alexander Popov
Russia Ruslan Gilfanov
2006 Italy Team Even.ctor
Giorgio Sardo
Massimo Paternoster
Silvia Perrone
Andrea Sossich
Brazil Team Trivial
Carlos Rodrigues
Ivan Cardim
Madson Menezes
2007 Thailand Team 3KC
Prachaya Phaisanwiphatpong
Vasan Chienmaneetaweesin
Jatupon Sukkasem
Pathompol Saeng-Uraiporn
2008[19] Australia Team SOAK[20]
David Burela
Edward Hooper
Dimaz Pramudnya
Long Zheng
Slovakia Team Housekeepers
Dusan Zelenik
Jakub Simko
Michal Kompan
Marian Honsch
2009 Romania Team Sytech
Adrian Buzgar
Calin Juravle
Andreas Resios
Russia Team VitalLab
Maxim Bovykin
Sergey Fedorov
Denis Gnatyuk
Alexey Klishin
2010[21] Thailand Team Skeek
Krithee Sirisith
Pichai Sodsai
Thanasunn Dilokpinitnun
Nonthawat Srichad
Serbia Team TFZR
Zlatibor Veljković
Milan Kojadinović
Goran Nikolić
Vanja Zavišin
New Zealand Team OneBeep
Vinny Lohan
Steve Ward
Kayo Lakadia
Chanyeol Yoo
2011[22] Republic of Ireland Team Hermes
James McNamara
Calum Cawley
Matthew Padden
Aine Conaghan
United States Team Note-Taker
Qian Yan
Shashank Srinivas
David Hayden
Michael Astrauskas
Jordan Team OaSys
Yousef Wadi
Mohammad Azzam
Monir Abu Hilal
Hani Abu Huwaij
2012[23] Ukraine Team quadSquad
Stepanov Anton
Posternikov Anton
Osika Maxim
Jasakov Valery

Embedded Development Competition[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
2007 Brazil Team TriventDreams ED

Andre Furtado
Carlos Rodrigues
Ivan Cardim
Roberto Sonnino

2008 Singapore Team Trail Blazers Republic of Ireland Team AcidRain

China Team Wings

Poland Team Aero@PUT
2009 South Korea Team Wafree China Team iSee
2010 [21] Taiwan Team SmarterME Russia Team MCPU France Team GERAS
2011 [22] Taiwan NTHUCS China Harmonicare Romania Endeavour_Design

Game Design[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
2008 Brazil Team Mother Gaia Studio

Rafael Costa
Guilhermr Campos
Helena Van Kampen
Tulio Marques Soria

Belgium Drunk Puppy Productions

Kenny Deriemaeker
Timothy Vanherberghen
Filip Van Bouwel
Jeroen Van Raevels

Korea GomZ

Dong HoonKim
KiHwan Kim
Min My Park

2009 Brazil Team LEVV It

Luciano José
Edgar Neto
Vinícius Ottoni
Victor Rafael

United States Epsylon Games United Kingdom Sanguine Labs
2010 [21] Philippines Team By Implication Belgium NomNom Productions France Green Gears Studio
2011 Mobile[22] France Geekologic France Close World Mobile United States Team Dragon

Pierre Elias
Eric Lee
Veronica Burkel
Chase Sandmann

2011 Web[22] Poland Cellardoor Philippines Signum Fidei

Thomas Tiam-Lee
Jenina Chua
Jeriah Miranda
Keven Hernandez

Slovakia Quegee Team
2011 Windows/Xbox[22] Brazil Signum Games Thailand JubJub[24] Czech Republic WickedTeam
2012 Windows/Xbox[25] Thailand TANG Thai[26]
2014[14] Russia Brainy Studio South Korea BOMON Egypt Illogic
2015 [15] Russia IzHard Netherlands Kuality Games China Thief

IT Challenge[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
2008 [19] France Jean-Benoit Paux Romania Cosmin Ilie China Yan Liu
2009 Romania Cosmin Ilie
2010[21] China WeiQiu Wen Bolivia Miklos Cari Sivila Singapore zxc1984
2011 [22] France Jean-Sébastien Duchêne Poland Błażej Matuszyk Singapore Yunheng Mong

Office Designer[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
2005[27] Brazil Team Solvent-OD
Andre Furtado
Adeline Silva
Madson Menezes
Raony Araujo
Russia Team FIBRA
Sergey Dubovi
Pavel Zadumkin
Dmitry Kozlov
Anastasiya Filinova
Russia Team Paladin
Liu Teifeng
Yang Yongzhi
He Cong
Yang Lizhen

Digital Media[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
2010[21] Taiwan Mirror Vita Saudi Arabia Dreaming Spirits Singapore Woolgathering
2011 [22] Romania M.N.A. Oman Brothers Forever Taiwan CottonCandy

Windows Phone[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
2011 [22] South Korea HOMERUN South Korea Zipi Zigi United States Lifelens
Tristan Gibeau
Cy Khormaee
Wilson To
Jason Wakizaka
Year Gold Silver Bronze
2012 [23] Egypt Vivid
Nour El-Dien Hussein
Muhammad El-Orabi
Kariem El-Shazly
Poland The Stack
Karol Stosik
Finland Aaltovation
Apurva Jaiswal
Irena Prochkova
Gitanjali Sachdeva
Maimuna Syed

Windows 7 Touch Challenge[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
2011 [22] France Team India Rose
Anthony Froissant
José Martins
Indonesia _dreambender_ Japan IUVO

Interoperability Challenge[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
2008 India SKAN [28]
Sameet Singh Khajuria
Karun AB
Amith George
Noel Sequeira
Brazil Ecologix [29][30]
Carlos Eduardo Rodrigues
Eduardo Sonnino
Renato Ferreira
Roberto Sonnino
Poland Together [31]
Dariusz Walczak
Marcin Wrzos
Piotr Sikora
Tomasz Nowak
2011 [22] Greece Team Alaniarides
Giorgos Karakatsiotis
Vangos Pterneas
Brazil Bells Team
Daniel Ferreira
Lucas Mello
Amirton Chagas
Joao Paulo dos Santos Oliveira
Poland DemosceneSpirit
Lukasz Michniewicz
Szymon Majewski
Marek Banaszak
Magdalena Dudarska

Facebook Creativity Award[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
2014 [14] Cyprus ij Developers
2013 [13] Ecuador Team Ayni

AppCampus Award[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
2014 [14] Hungary Tep
Russia Brainy Studio

Skype Award[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
2014 [14] Drive Social Impact
Australia Eyenaemia

Learning and Education
Nepal Code Buzzers
Innovate and Collaborate
South Africa Super Sea Dragons

Visual Studio Online Boost[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
2014 [14] Greece Genesis

Slovakia LeapKin
Germany Tutus
Algeria RELOAD
Lebanon Learn n' Earn
Kenya BiDE Code
Uganda AfriGal Tech
Israel Flow

Apps For Office Challenge[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
2014 [14] China iGeek

India CodeBlue

Windows & Windows Phone Challenge[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
2014 [14] Venezuela Pomato Apps

User Experience Challenge[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
2014 [14] World Citizenship

United States Team HCI/d
United States Team Silicon
Philippines Hiraya
Gabriel Eric Villanueva
Jomarie Anne Marquez
Neo John Tuquero

Pitch Video Challenge[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
2014 [14] World Citizenship
Republic of Ireland Team Symbiote

Romania Team Sticky Bits
United States Team Mote Labs

2015 [15] World Citizenship
Republic of Ireland Rapid Response

Project Blueprint Challenge[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
2014 [14] World Citizenship
Brazil Team Life Up

Brazil Liaison Team
Denmark YouBeRu

Innovation Accelerator[edit]

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.[32] With this program, startups receive access to current, full-featured software development tools and platforms.[33]

Previous teams include:

Imagine Cup Grant[edit]

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.

Student recognition[edit]

Imagine Cup participants from around the world who won their regional competitions in 2010 have been recognized by their government leaders.[34] In October 2010, two Imagine Cup 2010 United States finalists (Wilson To [35] from the Mobilifeteam and Christian Hood from BeastWare)[citation needed] 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,[citation needed] 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.[36]

See also[edit]


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  31. ^ "Centrum Prasowe Microsoft". Retrieved 2013-07-23. 
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