Imagine Cup, a prestigious student technology competition from Microsoft is open for registration. If you are a student and love to make games, this is your chance!
Every year, this competition is held globally to seek out young talents in technology, including in game development.
The best teams are selected from each participating country to compete for a spot at the Imagine Cup World Finals, where they will compete with the best and brightest teams from across the globe for the title of World Champion.
The winning team can win up to $100,000 USD, participate in a mentoring session with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, receive credits from Azure to market the product and get to take home the Imagine Cup.
Imagine Cup has been held for 14 years with students from Southeast Asia grabbing some honors. The theme of this year’s competition is “Code with Purpose”, where students are challenged to ideate a solution to solve problems in today’s world.
There will be five stages throughout the competition for six months, there are:
- Initial online submission
- Regional semi-finals
- Regional Finals
- Asia Pacific Finals
- Worldwide Finals
To get started, Imagine Cup competitors must create a three-minute pitch video as well as a project plan document and let Microsoft know what their Imagine Cup idea is all about. The initial online submission will open until February 14, 2018.
To encourage even more innovation, Microsoft has added three special awards that represent the current state of digital transformation for 2018 Imagine Cup:
- Artificial Intelligence – Best use of Azure Intelligence tools and APIs with the following technologies: Azure Cognitive Services and Bot Services
- Big Data – Best use of Azure Analytics tools and APIs with the following technologies: Azure Machine Learning, Stream Analytics, and IoT
- Mixed Reality – Best use of Windows Mixed Reality with the following technologies: HoloLens, AR, and VR
“Imagine Cup is all about inspiring students around the world to bring their boldest ideas to life through technology. At Microsoft, we are thrilled to see innovative solutions for healthcare, disaster relief, and education emerged from Indonesia’s youths over the years,” said Irving Hutagalung, Audience Evangelist Manager, Microsoft Indonesia.
Indonesia’s youths have been awarded prizes several times, including team None Developer from Universitas Trunojoyo Madura, which won the second place at the 2016 Imagine Cup World Finals. Their innovation, Froggy and the Pesticide, a mobile game designed to instill environmental awareness, received world-wide applause from international audiences.
In 2017, team CIMOL from Institut Teknologi Bandung became the Southeast Asia Champion with their invention Hoax Analyzer, an application that can verify whether a piece of information is a hoax or not by applying machine learning, natural language processing, and cognitive services.
In 2013, Solite Studio from Madura was the runner-up in the game design competition, also from Universitas Trunojoyo Madura.
“As Microsoft continues to commit itself to empower students to create the world of tomorrow, we look forward to seeing innovative ideas from Indonesia’s youths again in 2018 Imagine Cup, where they give people the thrill of seeing the future comes to life before their eyes!” Irving concluded.
Initial Online Submission is now open until February 14, 2018.
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