Get Started with Microsoft Imagine Cup Competitions

Use your imagination and passion to create a technology solution in one of our competitions or challenges. Here's how to sign up, pick a competition, and get started on your project!

  1. Register for a competition

    Head over to the Imagine Cup page to find a competition that's right for you. Click on any of the competitions to learn more and click 'Register Now!' to sign up!

    Check out the competitions!

  2. View your teams, contests and local country information from your Account page

    Head over to your Imagine Cup Account page for all your details! View the status of your contests, manage your teams and check out local updates and news for your country.

    Your Imagine Cup Account

  3. Imagine Cup participants are required to create or join a team

    You and your team will make an original technology project from start to finish: come up with a great idea, make a plan, build your project, and submit it! Imagine Cup teams are made of up to three eligible students. You can create a team from your profile page. If a friend creates a team, they can invite you and a notification will show up in your account.

    Create or Join an Imagine Cup Team

  4. Submit your project

    You can submit and check the status of your entry for any of our contests from your Account page.

    Submit from your Imagine Cup Account

What do I need to know?

We have launched the 16th season of Imagine Cup! Here is a quick summary of key elements of the competition, please read the official Rules and Regulations for all the details:

  1. The first place team can win up to $100,000
  2. The second place team can win up to $30,000
  3. New Imagine Cup Awards! $15,000 for the best Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Mixed Reality projects
  4. Maximum three (3) members per team
  5. Azure is required for all projects (Get Azure for Students or Azure Free Account)

Where does it all happen?

Imagine Cup National Finals competitions happen in dozens of countries all over the world. Organized by Microsoft subsidiaries in those countries, the National Finals select the best teams from each participating country to move on to World Finals. Please visit your Account page for local updates and news for your country.

Official Rules

Please read the rules and regulations carefully before you begin your Imagine Cup journey. Understanding the rules will give you the best chance to win!

2018 Imagine Cup Official Rules and Regulations

2018 Imagine Cup Big Idea Challenge Official Rules and Regulations