NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 11 – Are you an app developer and still in college? Microsoft is looking for you.
The 15th Edition of Imagine Cup is looking for students with the best app ideas that will transform aspects of life.
The innovation competition will see winners walk away with $100,000 in prizes. The Kenyan chapter has already started receiving entries that are set to close on April 25th, 2018.
Those with the best innovation stand a chance to represent Kenya in the regionals and the finals which will be announced on June 1, 2018.
Through Imagine Cup, Microsoft provides student developers with the opportunity to mold the world of tomorrow in their eyes by combining their ideas with the power of technology.
Imagine Cup participants create or join a team of up to three eligible students. Together, they make an original technology project from start to finish: come up with a great idea, make a plan, build a project, and submit.
“The world is eager to address two powerful issues: education and jobs for the younger generation and technology. At Microsoft, we are focused on enabling every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. The Imagine Cup Competition is anchored on this mantra and we hope that through this imitative, we will empower more young people by enabling them to showcase what they have to offer to the world,” says Lillian Nganda, Communications Manager, Microsoft Sub-Sahara Africa.
Founded in 2003, Microsoft’s Imagine Cup has to date inspired nearly two million student technologists from all academic backgrounds to collaborate, innovate, and showcase their technology.
Based on the principle of education through competition, the Imagine Cup Competition also offers one-of-a-kind mentorship opportunity with global experts, helping student developers build job-critical skills like pitching, demoing and integrating feedback in real-time.
This year’s Imagine Cup has three special awards that represent the current state of digital transformation: Artificial Intelligence (Best use of Azure Intelligence tools and APIs with the following technology: Azure Cognitive Services and Bot Services.) Big Data (Best use of Azure Analytics tools and APIs with the following technology: Azure Machine Learning, Stream Analytics, and the Internet of Things) and Mixed Reality (Best use of Windows Mixed Reality with the following technology: HoloLens, AR, and VR)
The solutions that best represent these scenarios will have an opportunity to win $15,000 cash plus an Azure grant. 1st and 2nd place teams are also eligible to receive one $15,000 Imagine Cup Award, with the overall grand prize winner walking away with $85, 000 USD, an Azure grant and a mentoring session with Satya Nadella, the Microsoft CEO.