Imagine Cup Junior 2023

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Are your students ready to change the world?

At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. We believe that students today will be the changemakers of tomorrow, so we need to empower them with the tools, resources and opportunities to learn new skills and prepare for the future workforce.

Imagine Cup Junior 2023

Now in its fourth year, Imagine Cup Junior is an exciting opportunity for students aged 13-18 years old to learn about technology and how it can be used to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges, while participating in a global student challenge. It’s a great introduction to technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and cybersecurity, and is suitable for all levels, especially beginners.

Draw inspiration from the 10 global winners for 2022 who came up with incredible concepts to address Microsoft’s AI for Good initiatives.

How to Register and Participate

Registration for Imagine Cup Junior opened on January 11, 2023. Team Leaders must submit projects on behalf of their student teams before the submission deadline, May 10th 2023.

Participation in Imagine Cup Junior for students is via a Team Leader (educator, instructor, parent, or guardian - over the age of 18). Team Leaders register on behalf of students and gain access to the Imagine Cup Junior resource pack outlined below to facilitate learning and the challenge. Students work in teams of one (1) to six (6) to develop an original concept addressing Microsoft’s AI for Good Initiatives and complete the Imagine Cup Junior PowerPoint submission template.

For the submission to qualify for the 2023 Imagine Cup Junior, each application must comply with the challenge rules and regulations.

Imagine Cup Junior Resources

Once registered for Imagine Cup Junior, Team Leaders can access all the materials needed to educate students and run a great Imagine Cup Junior challenge. These resources include:

  • Beginners Kit – six (6) 45-minute lesson modules. New this year are additional AI lessons in Minecraft: Education Edition as well as an option for students to create a prototype of their concept using Microsoft Azure for Students
  • Deep Learning Modules – 6 sets of in-depth content
  • Team Leader Toolkit – get students excited about participating in Imagine Cup Junior with participation resources including social media templates, certificates, posters, and t-shirt templates
  • Submission Template
  • Judging Criteria and Rubric
  • Rules and Regulations

Team Leaders can also access hackathon materials to run a hackathon in their classroom to help further understand best practices for running Imagine Cup Junior and facilitate additional learning for students.

Winners Announcement

We are excited to see the ideas students come up with! The top 10 global submission winners will be announced June 7th 2023 via the Microsoft Education blog.

Register Now!

Welcome to Imagine Cup Junior!