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Microsoft's Imagine Cup opened for registration

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Starting today you can register to compete in Microsoft's Imagine Cup. The only condition is that you are a student and over 16 years old. The competition brings together young tech enthusiasts to try their best at solving the toughest challenges in the fields of Games, Innovation, and World Citizenship. This year will mark the 11th running of the Imagine Cup and Microsoft has decided to give the prize pool a boost. It is now more than double what it used to be, $300,000. After the national events are finished, all national winners will compete in St. Petersburg, Russia, where worldwide finals will take place. The finals will be held from July 8 to 11 2013. Microsoft has reported that more than 1.65 million students have participated in all of the previous Imagine Cups, and with that bunch of young innovative people you can expect big competition and even bigger results.

In the Games category, students will be faced with most the entertaining and most popular games based on Microsoft platforms. In the Innovation field they will focus on apps that give consumers a new look into social networking, web searching or just online shopping. As with the game category these apps will also be built on Microsoft technology. The final category is World Citizenship where the main focus is on apps (Microsoft apps) that will give the potential to make positive impact on humanity, whether it addresses education, healthcare or social problems. In every one of these categories the winner will get $50,000. These are just core competitions and beside them there are a lot more that can be participated in online. Their main focus is mostly on Windows 8, Windows Azure and Windows phone technologies.
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John Scott Tynes, Imagine Cup competition strategy and development manager stated that “ (The) Imagine Cup is the beginning of a lifelong journey for a young entrepreneur, inventor, designer, developer or innovator. With the evolution of Imagine Cup, we’re further inspiring students from all academic backgrounds to collaborate on applications and seize opportunities post-Imagine Cup to polish their applications, gain the support they need to bring their technology to market, and fully realize their potential to impact their local communities and the world.” And Sally Buberman, of Wormhole IT that competed in the Worldwide Finals in 2007 said “It was more than a competition; it was the chance to showcase our application and learn what it would take to launch a profitable business based upon our idea.” Considering all this, Imagine Cup will certainly be a great competition, so if you are eligible be sure to register.

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