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 and competition information from your Account page

    Head over to your Imagine Cup Account page for all your details! View the status of your competition, updates and news for your region, and manage your teams.

    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?

Here is a quick summary of what you need to participate in the Imagine Cup:

  • USD100,000 prize for the World Champion team
  • Three in-person Regional Finals across the globe with over USD20,000 in prizing
  • Global competition for students aged 16+
  • You’re welcome to imagine any solution that you’re passionate about, but must include a Microsoft Azure component and take into consideration diversity, inclusion, and accessibility.
  • Maximum four (4) members per team

What can you win?

  • All teams that advance to the Regional Final win a trip to a Regional Final event
  • Asia Regional Final – Sydney, Australia
  • Europe, Middle East and Africa Final – Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Americas Regional Final – To Be Announced
  • At each Regional Final: USD15,000 for 1st place, USD5,000 for 2nd place, USD1,000 for 3rd place
  • 1st place teams will advance to the World Championship and compete for USD100,000 (date and location to be announced)

Official Rules

2020 Imagine Cup Rules and Regulations