Once again, Microsoft's flagship student technology competition, Imagine Cup, is bringing together student innovators from around the world.  And this year, Microsoft is re-imagining the competition to be a springboard for budding entrepreneurs as much as it is a student technology competition. The U.S. Imagine Cup Finals will be run as a Demo Day, where the top 10 U.S. teams will pitch their solutions to investors, entrepreneurs, and technology professionals for a chance to win cash prizes in the competition categories of Games, Innovation, and World Citizenship.

This year Boston University provided a great example of collaboration and creativity that embodies the true spirit of an Imagine Cup finalist. Team Pitch created an easy and efficient way to access and share calendar meetings and documents using Windows 8 and a Windows Azure backend server. Working with their Boston University professor and the Microsoft team at the Cambridge office, the team created a secure system for creating meetings, in which documents of any file type can be quickly and easily shared with all meeting members.

Leading up to this year’s U.S. Imagine Cup Finals Demo Day, Microsoft has hosted a set of programs to help student teams create successful businesses, including a virtual accelerator and a Startup Boot Camp in Silicon Valley.

During Demo Day, Microsoft will also unveil the U.S. National Team traveling to St. Petersburg, Russia, to represent the U.S. at the Worldwide Imagine Cup Finals on July 8-11.

The event will also be streamed live via: https://www.facebook.com/usimaginecup, so be sure to track Team Pitch's progress throughout the Demo Day.

To learn more about the competition, please visit the official Imagine Cup website at:  http://www.imaginecup.com or visit the virtual pressroom at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/events/imaginecup/Default.aspx.