The Microsoft Imagine Cup brings together students from all over the world and asks them to use their creativity and passion for technology to help solve the world’s toughest problems. This year is the 10th anniversary of Imagine Cup and over this period, we have more than 1.65M students from 194 countries who have participated. The 10th Worldwide Finals will be held in Sydney, Australia from July 6-10 and more than 350 finalists from 75 countries will be competing for the top prizes.

 

Beginning today, people around the world will have the opportunity to get involved in the excitement through the Imagine Cup People’s Choice Award, and we want to ask for your help.

Please go to the People’s Choice Award site and vote – and then ask your friends, family and network to vote. The more people learn about this, meet the students, and see the projects, the more they see how innovative our technologies are and how they can be used to truly change the world.

Here are some of the examples of our technologies in action through Imagine Cup: 

  •   Metro is in: Even with limited availability, 20% of all student projects are using Windows 8 driving early adoption.
  •   Head in the clouds: Nearly half of all finalist projects are using Windows Azure in their projects – from tracking pollution levels in the environment to diagnosing diseases.
  •   Natural User Interface rules: 66% of education focused projects made education more interactive with Kinect.
  •   It’s not just the phone that’s smartWindows Phone7 is the most commonly used technology with 62% of all finalist teams (54 total) creating WP7-based solutions to address challenges such as providing healthcare tools and resources for people in remote areas across the globe.
  •   Technology is for everyone:  20% of the worldwide finalists are women with three all-women teams competing in the Software Design category.

The People’s Choice Award is just one component of several competitions and prizes at the Imagine Cup. From creating apps on devices to building Web sites and Kinect solutions, students are truly helping to change the world with Microsoft technologies. Please take advantage of YOUR opportunity to support these students to realize their full potential, helping them grow academically, start companies that thrive, and have an impact in their communities and around the globe.

Voting ends 9 July.

Thank you!

Jean-Philippe Courtois, President of Microsoft International