Now in its 11th year, Microsoft’s Imagine Cup is the premier student technology competition that encourages students to form a team and build an application, with the opportunity to win cash prizes and travel. More than 350 students from 75 countries traveled to Sydney, Australia, for the 2012 Worldwide Finals in July.
Proving the journey doesn’t end after the Worldwide Finals, over 40 teams submitted applications for the Imagine Cup Grant program. The caliber of applications was impressive, and we strongly believe each team that submitted an application has the potential to change the world through their innovative solutions.
In its second year, the Imagine Cup grants is a three-year, $3 million competitive programme that enables Imagine Cup participants to take their innovative projects to market as the next step in their business development. Imagine Cup and the grants are part of Microsoft’s YouthSpark program, which is the company’s commitment toreach 300 million youths in the next three years through technology, training and experiences that empower them to imagine and realize their full potential. Last year, students from Croatia, Ecuador, Jordan and the United States won the grants and received funding and other support in the first year of the grants program.
Among the 2012 applicants, the 13 teams selected as finalists received the highest marks based on a combination of criteria: impact & viability, team quality & motivation, solution design & motivation and problem definition. The winning grant applicants will be announced in December 2012 at the Social Innovation Summit in the Silicon Valley, and awarded with a grant package in the form of cash, software, resources and other on the ground support to help them establish a nonprofit or for-profit organization to bring their idea to reality.
After many hours of review and much consideration, the Imagine Cup team is pleased to announce the 2012 grant finalists:
Find more information on the projects developed by the 2012 Imagine Grant Final.