2015 Project Blueprint Challenge
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Don't start coding without a map. You've got a great idea for a software project. But don't start coding yet – first, take the time for a deep dive and build a project blueprint. Who will your users be? What are your top features? And finally, how will you get your project to market and make enough money for you to support it?
All these questions can be answered in your project blueprint. This is a five-to-ten page document where you start your journey into the Software Development Life Cycle. Once you put this together, you'll have a road map for your project that you can share with team members, faculty advisors, and other people who can help you get where you're going. You can use text, images, flowcharts, diagrams, and whatever else you need to tell your story. Choose one of our three competition paths: Games, Innovation, or World Citizenship.
Games: You've got a great game idea, but it's just talk without a Game Design Document. Get hands-on with the details of your game -- the story, the systems, and the overall gameplay. Make a plan of attack that will carry you through to a finished, polished game.
Innovation: Before you can take your idea to market, you need to know what your market is. Do the research, identify your users and their needs, solicit feedback, analyze the costs and projected revenue, and develop a plan to make your product a reality.
World Citizenship: If you want to change the world, you have to know what needs changing. For every problem, there's a mountain of research, studies, analysis, and data. It's time to dive into that data and come out with an argument for your proposed solution.
The winning team in each category will receive $3,000 (US). Nine runners-up in each category will receive a certificate of achievement and an exclusive Imagine Cup lapel pin to show the world you're among the best. A total of thirty teams will win!
It's all too easy for a team to jump in and start coding before they're ready. Your project blueprint is how you can get your whole team set up for success. Get started!