Microsoft Competitions and Awards 2014

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SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT LIFECYCLE CHALLENGE

Enter the Microsoft Imagine Cup Challenge and win up to $50,000!  The theme this year is Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC), with three categories:  Project Video Challenge (September - October), Project Blueprint Challenge (November - December) and User Experience Challenge (January - February).  The clock is already started, so get started now here!

GAMES COMPETITION

Active Dates:  Tues Sept 10, 2013 - Thurs Jul 31, 2014
Join the global game revolution. Today, great games come from anywhere and people play them everywhere. On their phones, on their computers, on their tablets, in their browser, with their friends, with anyone, with everyone. Powerful game engines and libraries are available for free so students can get started right away. There’s really never been a better time to make the next great game. We’ve seen amazing games come out of nowhere in the last few years. Many of them have been made by students around the world. Have you got an idea? Then get a team, make a plan, and make it happen! The Imagine Cup Games Competition is a global contest for the best new student games and the winning team will take home $50,000 (US). Create a desktop or tablet game using Windows, or a mobile game using Windows Phone, or a browser game using Windows Azure and you could win big at the Imagine Cup World Finals in Seattle 2014. Game on!    Site Rules

INNOVATION COMPETITION

Active Dates:  Tues Sept 10, 2013 - Thurs Jul 31, 2014
The next big thing could come from you. Incredible, world-changing software innovations often come from students. Social networks, music services, digital photography apps, gadgets and robotics – the list goes on. We're looking for the next big thing and we know students like you are going to make it. This competition is the doorway to your success. If you can win here, you can go anywhere. If you've got a great idea, assemble a great team and work hard to bring that idea to life. Your project could be on devices all over the world, changing lives and giving people the thrill of seeing the future come to life right in front of them. The Imagine Cup Innovation Competition is a global contest for the best new innovative software and the winning team will take home $50,000 (US). Create a desktop or tablet project using Windows, or a mobile project using Windows Phone, or a browser project using Windows Azure and you could win at the Imagine Cup World Finals in Seattle!  Site Rules
WORLD CITIZENSHIP COMPETITION
Where everyone sees problems, you can find solutions. Since Imagine Cup started in 2003, students all over the world have teamed up to make the world a better place. By creating impressive new technology projects in fields such as health, education, and the environment these students have shown the world new ways to think and to change. You can be next. Find a problem in the world, even in your own life or community, that affects many people, and then work to solve it. Build a project that could change lives – and change your own in the process, because the team you assemble to bring this vision to life will learn more and challenge themselves more than any of you can yet imagine. Become the change you want to see in the world. The Imagine Cup World Citizenship Competition is a global contest for the best new software to address social issues and the winning team will take home $50,000 (US). Create a desktop or tablet project using Windows, or a mobile project using Windows Phone, or a browser project using Windows Azure and you could win big at the Imagine Cup World Finals in Seattle 2014. The world is waiting!  LINKS:  Site Rules