One idea starts the journey. Your innovation could change the future of technology and be at the forefront of life-changing solutions. Register today for the Imagine Cup, Microsoft’s global competition for student developers, and you could win USD100,000.
You’re encouraged to submit an original application/solution that you and your team of up to three (3) have built (either on your own time, through your coursework, as a participant in a student hackathon, etc.). For your submission to qualify for the 2019 Imagine Cup, your application must utilize Microsoft Azure.
You are eligible to enter if you meet the following requirements at time of entry: • You are at least 16 years of age as of 2 October 2018 and are actively enrolled as a student at an accredited educational institution that grants high-school or college/university (or equivalent) degrees (including home schools) at any time between 25 July 2018 and 31 May 2019; and o If you are considered a minor in your place of residence, then you should ask your parent’s or legal guardian’s permission prior to submitting an entry into this Competition.
You are NOT a resident of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, and the Region of Crimea; and o U.S. export regulations prohibit the export of goods and services to Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, and the Region of Crimea. Therefore, residents of these countries/regions are not eligible to participate.
- You/your business has not received external funding more than $50,000 USD; and
- You/your business has not used paid employees assistance in creating an Imagine Cup entry at any time between 25 July 2017 and 31 May 2019; and
- You are not an employee or intern of Microsoft Corporation, or an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary, at any time between 2 October 2018 and 31 May 2019; and • You have a valid passport for international travel through July 2019 if you are selected to advance in the competition; and
- You are not involved in any part of the execution or administration of this Competition; and
- You are not an immediate family member of (parent, sibling, spouse/domestic partner, child) or household member of a Microsoft employee, an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary, or a person involved in any part of the administration and execution of this Competition between 25 July 2018 and 31 May 2019.
If you are a Microsoft campus representative (e.g. a Microsoft Student Partner https://studentpartners.microsoft.com ) and you meet the eligibility criteria set forth above, you may enter the Competition, but you are prohibited from using Microsoft property, internal resources, and/or the work of Microsoft employees, in connection with the creation or execution of an entry. Very simply, you cannot use any resources which are not also broadly available to all other students. If you have any questions, please contact us. If you have previously competed in an Imagine Cup World Finals event as a World Finalist, you are eligible to enter but any entry submitted must be substantially new, unique, and different from anything you’ve brought to World Finals before. This Competition is void outside the geographic area described above and wherever else prohibited by law.
TEAMS AND MENTORS
Up to three (3) eligible students may submit a single entry as a team. It is recommended that each team (or individual if competing alone) enlist the services of a mentor. Mentors may be from academic institutions, not-for-profit organizations, or private companies.
- You may have assistance with your project from additional students beyond the three who are your official team. Such assistance is typically in specific disciplines such as graphic design or business plan development. Any such additional students are not considered members of your team for purposes of these rules and they will not be eligible for any prizes, they will not be included in the World Finals award ceremony, nor will they be recognized in official communications such as press releases. Only the three team members you officially register with us are eligible for prizes, award ceremony inclusion, and official communications.
- Team members may come from different academic institutions and from different countries.
- As part of the registration process, each team must choose to represent the country/region in which the majority of the team members reside. For example, if your team includes 2 people from the same country, that is the country the entire team must represent. Each team is allowed only one mentor.
- Each competitor may belong to only one team within the competition.
- To compete, each team member should create an account at https://imaginecup.microsoft.com/ and register for the competition. Once registered, any one of the team members can create a new team and invite the remaining team members to join. The remaining team members must accept the invitations prior to the submission deadline of the competition to be recognized as qualified members of the team.
- If your Team is invited to participate in the Regional Finals or the World Championship, we will provide travel and accommodations for each registered member, and your Team must send at least one member to compete at the Regional Finals or the World Championship. If your Team is unable to send at least one member for any reason, then we may disqualify your entire Team and invite the next highest scoring Team to participate.
- Each Team is solely responsible for its own cooperation and teamwork. In no event will Sponsor officiate in any dispute regarding the conduct or cooperation of any Team or its members.
HOW TO ENTER
To enter Round 1, visit ImagineCup.com and register as instructed. You can begin submitting your round 1 entry once the submission window for your region has opened. Submission requirements and deadlines for Round 1 vary from region to region but all will be concluded no later than May 2019. You cannot compete in the 2019 Imagine Cup if you do not participate in the Regional Semifinals. You may only submit one (1) entry. If you make multiple submissions, we will use the last one you submitted as your official entry. This does allow you to throw out and replace your project, for example, if you decide your initial approach isn’t working. We will disqualify any incomplete or illegible entries that we receive. We are not responsible for entries that we do not receive for any reason, or for entries that we receive but are not decipherable for any reason.
- Winners will be notified via the contact information provided during entry no more than 7 days following judging with prize claim instructions, including form submission deadlines. If we require that your affirmatively accept an invitation to further compete or claim a prize, and the notification that we send is returned as undeliverable, or you are otherwise unreachable, we may disqualify your team and extend an invitation to the next highest scoring team/entrant.
- If there is a dispute as to the identity of a particular entrant, we will consider the entrant to be the authorized account holder of the email address provided at time of sign up.
- If you are selected as a potential winner, we may require you to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability and Publicity Release and W-9 tax form (for U.S. residents) or W-8BEN tax form (for non-U.S. residents).
- If you are a minor in your place of residence, we may require your parent or legal guardian to sign all required forms on your behalf.
- If you do not complete the required forms as instructed and/or return the required forms within the time period listed on the winner notification message, we may disqualify you and select the next highest scoring Team/entrant.
Round 1: Each Local Event may offer prizes at the discretion of the local Microsoft representatives representing that competition. The existence, nature, and conditions of such prizes are subject to the rules of each Local Event. Every team who advances to round 2 will receive a trip to an Imagine Cup Regional Final event. Trip includes round trip coach airfare from a major airport closest to each competitor’s home, standard hotel accommodations, ground transportation, and select meals during the Regional Final. Mentors to the team are not eligible for this travel prize. Round 2: At each Regional Final, there will be three winning teams selected. At least one member of the team must be present to win. (Mentors and associates will not be awarded any portion of the monetary prize winnings.)
- First place: USD15,000 and a spot in the World Championship
- Second place: USD5,000
- Third place: USD1,000
World Championship Prizing
1st place teams from the Regional Finals will advance to the World Championship (date and location to be announced) and compete for the grand prize of USD100,000 + Azure Grant.