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Microsoft Imagine Cup 2018

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30 April 2018

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About Microsoft Imagine Cup

Microsoft Imagine Cup is open for those contestants those who are required to build new and innovative software applications. The time span of the competition is one year. It is the sixteenth year of the Microsoft Imagine Cup competition.

Microsoft Imagine cup provides opportunities for students across all disciplines to team up and use their creativity, passion, and knowledge of technology to create applications, games and integrated solutions that can change the way we live, work, and play. Imagine cup will be conducted in every country and then the students who have been selected fill move to the Next Round. Indian student developers have been a valuable part of Microsoft Imagine Cup in past.

Imagine Cup 2018 Dates


Microsoft Imagine Cup Begins

Microsoft Imagine Cup Ends

Round 1 – National Finals
Round 1 – Online Finals

Varies by Country
1 January 2018

31 May 2018
30 April 2018

Round 2 – World Finals

July 2018

July 2018


About Microsoft

Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational software corporation headquartered in Redmond, Washington. It develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports a wide range of products and services related to computing.Microsoft is the world's largest software maker measured by revenues. Microsoft Corporation is the organising or conducting body of Microsoft Image Cup 2018.

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Microsoft Imagine Cup Eligibility Criteria

Gender Both
Region Global
Class/ Age At least 16 years of age
  • Age: 16 years of age as of 24 October 2017.
  • Actively enrolled as a student at an accredited educational institution that grants high-school or college/university (or equivalent) degrees (including home schools) at any time between 24 October 2017 and 31 July 2018.
  • In case of Minor: If you are considered a minor in your place of residence, then you should ask your parent’s or legal guardian’s permission prior to submitting an entry into this Competition.
  • You can only compete in the 2018 Imagine Cup if you participate in National or Online Finals.

Not Eligible to Participate

  • Countries: Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria and Region of Crimea.
  • People: Employee or intern of Microsoft Corporation or a Microsoft subsidiary at any time between 24 October 2017 and 31 July 2018.
  • Not involved in any part of the execution or administration of this Competition.
  • Not an immediate family member of (parent, sibling, spouse/domestic partner, child) or household member of a Microsoft employee, an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary, or a person involved in any part of the administration and execution of this Competition between 24 October 2017 and 31 July 2018.

What needs to be created

All World Citizenship Projects must be developed using at least one product in the Visual Studio family and must be built to require any one or more of the following platforms:

  • Windows
  • Windows Phone
  • Windows Azure
In addition to one or more of the above, you may also use other Microsoft platforms such as Kinect for Windows SDK, .NET Framework, XNA, Bing maps API, etc., as well as third-party game engines, libraries, and middleware provided you obey their licenses, but none of these are required.

As long as your project requires Windows, Windows Phone, or Windows Azure to operate your project meets this requirement.

Microsoft Imagine Cup Reward

Each World Finalist and one Mentor per team will be awarded a trip to World Finals, to compete at the World Finals.Trip includes round-trip coach airfare from a major airport closest to each competitor’s home, standard hotel accommodations, and select meals and activities. 

A full list of all winners will be published within 30 days following the 2018 Worldwide Finals

  • First Prize: Grand Prize of US $85,000
  • Second Prize:  US $15,000

Microsoft Imagine Cup Application form and Process

Microsoft Image Cup Application Form can be filled with the following steps:

Step 1: Sign up or sign in to Microsoft account

Sign in or Sign Up

Before you can sign up for any competitions, you need to tell us where you're from! Pick your country from the list, and you're ready to move on.

Step 2: Go To Your Dashboard- Create your Team
From your Imagine Cup dashboard, you can fill out your member profile, tell about yourself, and get started creating or joining a team.

  1. Team Size: Up to four (4) eligible students may submit a single entry as a team.
  2. Mentor: It is recommended that each team (or individual if competing alone) enlist the services of a mentor. Mentors may be from academic institutions, not-for-profit organisations, or private companies.
  3. Part of multiple Teams: Each competitor may belong to multiple teams, but not within a single Competition.
  4. Participation in Multiple Competitions: You may submit entries to as many Competitions as you like, but you must create unique entries
    for each one and you can only make one entry per Competition.
  • At the bottom of your team page, you can see all the competitions your team is eligible to enter!
  • Click the 'Register' checkbox if you want to receive information about a competition;
  • if you want to participate in that competition, also click the 'Competing' checkbox.

Step 3: Register For Competitions
Once you're signed up to participate in a competition, you can assign your team members (including yourself!) to each competition. Just click the 'Assign' link to get started.

Submission of the Project

The candidates who Ready to submit their project to the judges they need to Click the 'Submit' link next to the competition on your Team Page to get started

  • Candidates can begin submitting their round 1 entry from their Team Profile page once the national finals for their country open.
  • Submission requirements and deadlines for Round 1 vary from country to
    country but all will be concluded no later than 31 May 2018.
  • Country with no National Finals: If there is no National Finals in your team’s country, you may instead compete in the Online Finals. This is only open to teams in countries without a National Finals.
    • The last date for entry via Online Finals in is 30 April 2018.

Microsoft Imagine Cup Selection Process

Microsoft Imagine Cup 2018 selection process consists of three rounds. The details are given below:

Round 1: National Finals/Online Finals: If the country or region your team competes in holds a National Final for the Competition, Round 1 will be governed by your national competition rules and those rules may be structured differently

  • Round 1 Advancement: Teams in the National Finals and Online Finals will be evaluated by judges using the scoring criteria.
    • Each National Final World Citizenship Competition results in one World Semifinalist team that advances to round 2.
    • The total number of Online Finals winning teams to advance to Round 2 - World Finals will be dependent on the merits of the entrants and the competitive needs of the World Finals.

 Round 2: World Finals: All teams who advance to round 2 will be brought at Microsoft’s expense to the World Finals event where the last round of competition occurs.

The judges at the World Finals event will choose first and second place winners for the World Citizenship Competition. No team rankings below second place will be released.

Microsoft Imagine Cup Contact Details

Microsoft Corporation 
One Microsoft Way 
Redmond, WA 98052 

E-mail: imagine@microsoft.com, icindia@microsoft.com

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