About Imagine Cup

Why Compete

The Imagine Cup is more than just a technology competition. Over the past 20 years, more than two million student competitors have signed up to build and learn together, make a difference in their communities, and innovate for impact. Develop your own skills as part of the journey to help prepare you – and the world – for the future.

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Shape our world

Gather and build together to reimagine technology solutions in a competition designed to help you make a difference. With four competition categories—Earth, Education, Health, and Lifestyle—there’s even more opportunity to share your tech ideas for some of today’s most pressing global challenges. What could you create next?

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Build your skills

This is your chance to make something that matters and develop your skills with support from Microsoft professionals. We have the tools, training materials, and mentors to help you bring your project to life. Connect with a virtual community on Discord, participate in the Epic Challenge to ideate solutions , access curated training, and gather together with thousands of other like-minded students. Plus, use your project as a portfolio centerpiece as you move forward in your career.

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3 students on an Imagine Cup team take a group photo

Realize your passion

Transform your ideas into action with a purpose-driven application using Microsoft Azure technology. You have the opportunity to unlock mentorship from Microsoft experts and the chance to showcase your work on a global stage, plus win other great prizes. Whatever your motivation, the Imagine Cup will support your journey in developing tech skills for your future, creating lasting impact, and joining a like-minded community of passionate students who are ready to grow together.

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Competition prizes

Training and mentorship from Microsoft experts
Networking with industry pros
The chance to showcase your idea
Cash to continue taking your project to the next level
Featured competitors

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

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Get inspired to innovate for the future

Meet the 2021 World Champions and their solution for impact

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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 
A screen with a play button icon Find inspiration

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 2022 Imagine Cup Rules and Regulations for eligibility and judging criteria

Learn more 
A computer icon Learn All the Steps for Success

The Imagine Cup Training Content lays out everything you need to know about creating a successful project for any hackathon or competition. By completing the trainings, you will learn everything from strategies to create a team all the way to the best ways to pitch your product to judges.

Learn All the Steps for Success