By Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director of Community Affairs

Australian Imagine Cup grant winners Team Confufish (from left to right) Kenneth Wong, Matt Moss, Brad Lorge, and Nick Darvey

Today we are announcing the 2013 Imagine Cup Grants winners – a part of Imagine Cup, a Microsoft YouthSpark program. I’ve been very proud to be involved in the Imagine Cup Grants program since its inception as part of our commitment to providing opportunities to youth through YouthSpark. For the past three years, these grants have helped young people realize their vision of bringing their technology enabled projects to life.

We are excited to share these five, inspiring grant-winning teams who participated in the Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals in Russia earlier this year. Their ideas were the best and brightest examples of how technology can be used to address challenging problems. Without further ado, the winners are Team OHS from Taiwan, Team Confufish from Australia, Team RUOK from Ireland and Team Dora from Slovenia.

In addition to cash awards, grant recipients will receive a tailored package of support including software, access to resources such as mentorship and training from Microsoft to aid in the development of their project. Our goal is to help these bright young minds create a business or nonprofit organization that will ultimately bring the benefits of their solutions to their community or the world. 

The Imagine Cup blog today provides more details about the winning teams and information about additional changes to the Imagine Cup competition that include new challenges that map to the software development lifecycle, and better prepare competitors for work experiences beyond the event.