Each year hundreds of thousands of students from around the world come together to compete in the Imagine Cup. The competition, which is part of Microsoft’s Unlimited Potential initiative, challenges students to use technology and their imagination to solve the world’s toughest problems as inspired by the United Nations Millennium Development Goals:

This year over 325,000 students registered for the competition and in July, the top 400 students will compete at the worldwide finals in Poland.

Their projects range from a social media application that can help stop the spread of malaria, to a mobile alert system that warns citizens of a looming natural disaster and a mobile phone that can be used to detect vascular diseases like sickle cell anemia and type 1 diabetes. These students all have one thing in common; they are going to change the world!

The Imagine Cup is a serious challenge that draws incredible talent, passion and perseverance. The event spans one year, beginning with local, regional and online competitions. The finalists go on to attend the Worldwide Finals held in a different location every year.  The intensity of the work brings students together, and motivates the competitors to rise above challenges and make an impact on the world.

You can learn more about the students’ projects and watch their videos at www.imaginecup.com

Vote for your favorite team in the People’s Choice Awards

Why not get involved in this year’s competition? Visit the People’s Choice site, view videos from all the finalists and vote for your favorite team and project.  The winner of the People’s Choice award will be announced at the finals on July 8th in Poland.

The tension builds ahead of last year’s Imagine Cup finals in Egypt.  This year the finals take place in Poland.