Microsoft kicked off the People’s Choice Award today for the Imagine Cup 2011, a global student technology competition to address humanitarian issues.

Starting from a field of more than 350,000 students, more than 400 of the brightest young minds from 70 countries will travel to New York City, July 8 to July 13, to showcase their innovative ideas for using technology to solve global problems.

Competitors have built some incredible projects this year, using Windows Phones to help disaster relief workers, Xboxes to monitor prenatal health care, Microsoft OneNote to help legally blind students take notes in class and more.

You can watch videos of the teams and cast your vote at www.imaginecup.com/PCA.

The People’s Choice Award is the only Imagine Cup prize awarded by the public. The winning team will be announced on July 13, and will receive a $10,000 prize.

Posted by Jeff Meisner
Editor, The Official Microsoft Blog