The Imagine Cup is a competition ran yearly bringing students together from all over the world. The cup is for innovative ideas and future technologies created by the students with the hope that the superb content coming out of the competition will have the ability to change the world.
The cup was set up in 2003 and had a modest 1,000 students enter the competition. Fast-forward to 2011 and there are now over 300,000 students registered. It’s kind of a big deal. Not only is it a great way to innovate with technology, it is a sure-fire way to get noticed and bag the perfect first job.
The competition tackles some of the big issues going on in the world, such as education, the environment, and poverty – take a look at the United Nations Millennium Development Goals to see all the issues the students are tackling. With the help of students from around the world creating solutions with the use of technology the cup hopes to solve these issues. The best of the best are currently in the final stages, and the vote is now open to the public to decide which team should win.
Check out the People’s Choice Award page on the Imagine Cup site to see the different projects that have made the cut this year. Almost half of these are creating Windows Phone based solutions, and lots of them are combining Azure, Windows Phone and Bing Maps all in one project to create amazing solutions that even go to predicting disasters due to water flow. There are even some Kinect entries too – so the People’s Choice Award is certainly worth a look!