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Six reasons why you should enter the 2019 Imagine Cup

First published on MSDN on Oct 08, 2018


We’re excited to kick-off the official competition season for Microsoft’s 2019 Imagine Cup , our global technology contest just for students. Over the past 17 years, nearly two million students from around the world have competed for cash, prizes, travel, and the chance to connect with industry leaders and mentors.

Many previous Imagine Cup finalists have harnessed the power of Microsoft Azure to create projects that have caught the eye of investors, governments, and universities. Some have turned their projects into real products and businesses. Others have translated their creativity and passion for development into careers at the cutting edge of technology.  And you could be next!

If you’ve been dreaming about a new technology solution, now is the time to bring it to life. Here are the top six reasons you should enter the 2019 Imagine Cup:



  1. COMPETE ! Imagine Cup is “…the Olympic Games of technology students…” - Alex Chen, Founder of Hex and 2011 Imagine Cup World Finalist.

  2. UPSKILL ! Gain a deeper understanding of trending tech including machine learning, deep learning, big data processing, mobile apps, and more.

  3. BUILD! Build something that matters and share your world-changing ideas with your peers and tech industry leaders—on a global stage!

  4. LEARN! Work with your mentors to develop your project and get coaching and advice along the way, plus gain key skills that can help your career.

  5. TRAVEL! Top teams will be selected to travel across the globe to pitch their projects, compliments of Microsoft.

  6. WIN! And of course, we can’t forget the grand prize—your great idea could win USD100,000!




Dream it. Build it. Live it. Check out the 2019 Imagine Cup Rules and Regulations and get started today.


Happy coding,

Pablo Veramendi
Imagine Cup Competition Manager