Inventions and innovation comes about when people seek to solve the day-to-day problems that we face in society. Driven by a combination of innate curiosity, interest and a spirit to change a part of society, Microsoft’s Imagine Cup is a students’ developer technology and innovation competition that sees the participants create or join a team of up to three eligible students.
Together, they make an original technology project from start to finish: come up with a great idea, make a plan, build a project, and submit.
Founded in 2003, Microsoft’s Imagine Cup has to date inspired nearly two million student technologists from all academic backgrounds to collaborate, innovate, and showcase their technology.
Based on the principle of education through competition, the Imagine Cup Competition also offers one-of-a-kind mentorship opportunity with global experts, helping student developers build job-critical skills like pitching, demoing and integrating feedback in real-time.
Now celebrating it’s 15th year anniversary, Imagine Cup has had the participation of students in over 190 countries, all with dreams to have their cutting-edge ideas improving or moulding the world of tomorrow.
How To Apply
Students are encouraged to treat their projects like startups-to come up with business plans and think not only about what their projects could theoretically achieve, but how to actually make them a reality.
With immense opportunities to improve sectors in Kenya like government services like issuing of I.Ds and other important documents, streamlining the health and transport sector among others, students from Kenya are encouraged to sign up and come up with the best software solutions to these and other sectors. Over the years, there have been winners who came up with solutions in health, manufacturing and even the environment.
Communications Manager for Microsoft Sub-Saharan Africa, Lilian Nganda said: “The world is eager to address two powerful issues: education and jobs for the younger generation and technology. At Microsoft, we are focused on enabling every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. The Imagine Cup Competition is anchored on this mantra and we hope that through this initaive, we will empower more young people by enabling them to showcase what they have to offer to the world.”
“Through the Imagine Cup, these issues can be addressed in a fun, positive and inspiring way for students to acquire new and critical technical, business, and team-building skills.”
This year, Imagine Cup has three special awards that represent current state of digital transformation:
• Artificial Intelligence – Best use of Azure Intelligence tools and APIs with the following technology: Azure Cognitive Services and Bot Services
• Big Data – Best use of Azure Analytics tools and APIs with the following technology: Azure Machine Learning, Stream Analytics, and IoT
• Mixed Reality – Best use of Windows Mixed Reality with the following technology: HoloLens, AR, and VR.
The solutions that best represent these scenarios will have an opportunity to win $15,000 cash plus an Azure grant. 1st and 2nd place teams are also eligible to receive one $15,000 Imagine Cup Award, with the overall grand prize winner walking away with $85, 000 USD, an Azure grant and a mentoring session with Satya Nadella, the Microsoft CEO.
To apply, you have to be at least above 16 years of age and are an eligible student at a recognized tertiary institution in Kenya. Your team size can have up to 3 competitors and you must submit your project by or before the 25th of April 2018.
To enter Round 1, visit this link and register as instructed. The submission requirements include: Project title, description, proposal document, software, and software instructions.
Entries for the Kenya competition started in March and the regional winners will be announced on 26-27th April.
Regional Finals on 23rd May and world finalist announcement on 1st June 2018.
The next big thing could come from you so what are you waiting for? Apply here today!