2023 Imagine Cup

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The 2023 season of the Imagine Cup opens with the Epic Challenge. Participation is optional, but highly encouraged to support you in developing your project for the Online Semifinals. By getting involved, you have the chance to outline your project proposal and pitch to get early feedback without a working proof of concept.

Following the Epic Challenge are the Online Semifinals or National Finals, if your country supports it. To advance in the competition, submit your project in this round for a chance to compete in the World Finals and World Championship.

The categories remain the same from the Epic Challenge for the Online Semifinals. If you submitted to the Epic Challenge, please continue to develop your project, and select the same category.


  • Earth: solutions for climate change, agriculture, and in green tech
  • Education: innovate to change the way students across the globe learn
  • Health: tackle issues in treatment, diagnosis, accessibility, and more
  • Lifestyle: projects that shape how we game, play, and live

The World Champion will receive win USD100,000, a Microsoft Azure grant, and a mentoring session with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

Make an impact through coding, collaboration, and competition. Innovate with passion to tackle global issues and bring your tech solution to life in the Imagine Cup.

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Important Dates


ROUND START DATE END DATE
Epic Challenge (optional) October 7, 2022 November 30, 2022
Round 1 – Online Semifinals December 5, 2022 January 27, 2023
Round 2 – World Finals March 2023  
Round 3 – World Championship May 2023  


What do I submit?

Your team is required to submit the following for the Epic Challenge:


  • A project title
    The name of your project.
  • A description of your project
    A brief description of your project.
  • Proposal document
    The proposal explains your project and your team: Who your team is; what your project does; who your project is for; what platform features your project uses; and how you will bring your project to market.
  • Presentation video
    This is a video recording your team introducing themselves and demonstrating the project. Present the video as if you were live in front of the judging panel. Please limit your video to no more than three minutes and host it on an external site such as Microsoft OneDrive or YouTube. Be sure to check your video is accessible to the public. Inaccessible videos may result in disqualification.

For the Online Semifinals, your team is required to submit the following:


  • A project title
    The name of your project.
  • A description of your project
    A brief description of your project.
  • Proposal document
    The proposal explains your project and your team: Who your team is; what your project does; who your project is for; what platform features your project uses; and how you will bring your project to market.
  • Software
    We need to be able to use your app to judge it. Software is defined as an installable and usable software project in the appropriate format of your chosen platform(s). All projects are required to use Microsoft Azure.
  • Instructions for the software
    The instructions document is an electronic document to inform the judges and prospective users how to setup and use your app.
  • Presentation video
    This is a video recording your team introducing themselves and demonstrating the project. Present the video as if you were live in front of the judging panel. Please limit your video to no more than three minutes and host it on an external site such as Microsoft OneDrive or YouTube. Be sure to check your video is accessible to the public. Inaccessible videos may result in disqualification.

Teams that do not submit their project by the competition’s deadline will not be able to participate in the 2023 Imagine Cup.



Resources

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