Microsoft has announced the start of its fourth annual international student competition, the Imagine Cup (www.imaginecup.co.uk).
The competition is designed to provide an outlet for students to explore technological and artistic interests outside the classroom and more than 15,000 students from over 90 countries competed in last year’s competition. On offer is a chance to win a share of the $125,000 total prize fund and the chance to kick-start a career in a wide range of sectors, including software design.
The six different invitationals or categories that comprise this year’s competition are: Software Design, Algorithm; Information Technology (IT); Short Film; Interface Design; Project Hoshimi – Programming Battle.
The Software Design Challenge (SDC) is the lead invitational for the competition and unlike other categories is a team event (2-4 students), with each team competing with the support of an academic mentor.
Following the UK Final, Microsoft
UK prizes for Software Design Challenge and local Leader Board student winners include, among other things, Xbox 360™, Creative Zens, Digital Cameras, training vouchers and the Academic mentor in the top winning teams receive funding for teaching and research. The global student winners will receive $25,000 prize money.
Students wanting to represent their country and compete in this year’s Imagine Cup for an all expenses paid trip to the
Each submitted Software Design Challenge application must:
Be a self created Web service
Be designed on .NET Framework 2.0
Make use of Visual Studio family (Express, Standard or Team System) for development
Demonstrate innovation using the Microsoft .NET platform
Teams need to be of 2 to 4 individuals aged 18 or over, together with a nominated Academic Mentor
Each application must address this year's theme: "Imagine a world where technology enables us to live healthier lives"