About Imagine Cup

Why Compete

The Imagine Cup is more than just a technology competition. Over the past 19 years, more than two million student competitors have signed up to build something that matters to them, make a difference in their communities, and innovate for impact.

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Shape our world

Reimagine technology solutions in a competition designed to help you make a difference in an online world. With four new competition categories—Earth, Education, Health, and Lifestyle—there’s even more opportunity to share your tech ideas for some of today’s most pressing global challenges. What could you create next?

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Nurture your curiosity

The Imagine Cup is a chance to make something that matters to you and develop your skills as part of the journey. We have the tools, resources, learning materials, and mentors to help you bring your project to life. Whether you’re hoping to accelerate with Artificial Intelligence, create with Cognitive Services, master Machine Learning, or build low-code solutions with Power Platform, this competition is an experience for everyone.

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3 students on an Imagine Cup team take a group photo

Realize your passion

Transform your ideas into action with a purpose-driven application using Microsoft Azure technology. You could win mentorship from Microsoft experts, the chance to showcase your work on a global stage, and other great prizes. Whatever your motivation, take the next step and join a like-minded community of passionate tech enthusiasts who are ready to grow together.

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Competition prizes

Mentorship from Microsoft experts
Networking with industry pros
The chance to showcase your idea
Cash to continue taking your project to the next level
Featured competitors

Learn about past competitors’ journeys through the competition and find inspiration to get started.

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Get inspired to innovate for the future

Meet the 2020 World Champions and their solution for impact

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World Champion
“Imagine Cup was an incredible opportunity and definitely opened up lots of doors. I would highly recommend it for students from all over to give it a shot.”  – Samin Khan
Team smartARM, 2018
2018 Imagine Cup World Champion talks to fellow students
“Having an idea, being simple about it, and being true to your idea…I think that’s what gets you far. So it’s not like you have to have the tech knowledge, it’s about having the drive to do something.”  – Team MQuill
2019 regional finalists
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“It’s a game-changing experience to know and interact with diverse people and their ideas.”  – Team Odd Pack
2019 regional finalists
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Additional Resources
A computer icon Build tech skills

Utilize free learning paths and tutorials in Azure Cognitive Services, Big Data, Bots, and more.

Try Microsoft Learn 
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Verified students have access to USD100 cloud credit plus free downloadable developer tools to use in your project with Azure for Students.

Sign up now 
A screen with a play button icon Find inspiration

Watch past teams’ project pitches and relive their competition journey

Check out our YouTube 
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Keep up to date with the latest Imagine Cup news and resources

Read our blog 
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Check out the 2021 Imagine Cup Rules and Regulations for eligibility and judging criteria

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