About Imagine Cup

Why Compete

The Imagine Cup is more than just a technology competition. Over the past 17 years, more than two million 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

Every year, students build inspiring tech projects that tackle some of the world’s biggest social, environmental, and health challenges. From a machine learning algorithm that detects wildfires to a HoloLens app that helps children with dyslexia to improve their reading skills, anything is possible when you blend passion and purpose.

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Nurture your curiosity

With the goal to empower every student to achieve more, 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, invent with intelligent systems, or master machine learning, Imagine Cup is an experience for everyone.

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Realize your passion

Transform your idea into a purpose-driven application with Microsoft Azure technology. From Sydney to Sao Paolo and everywhere in between, the Imagine Cup brings together students just like you who want to learn and innovate for the future. 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

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All teams selected to advance from the online semifinals will win a trip to their Regional Final in either Singapore, Amsterdam, or Mexico City, plus mentoring from Microsoft professionals
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All teams have a chance to win the People's Choice Award, voted for by Ignite | The Tour attendess.
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The 3 runner-up teams will win USD2,500 and Azure credits
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The top 2 Regional Finalist teams will win USD8,000, Azure credits and a trip to the 2020 World Championship in Seattle, Washington
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The Imagine Cup World Champion will receive USD100K cash, USD50,000 in Azure grants, and a mentoring session with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
Featured competitors

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

Innovate for the future

7 Reasons to Register for the 2020 Imagine Cup

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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
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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 
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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 2020 Imagine Cup Rules and Regulations for eligibility and judging criteria

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