Microsoft is reaching out to students globally to help build the next big technology company with its Imagine Cup Challenge which has run for 15 years already.
This year, Microsoft is especially looking for innovations in AI, Big Data and Mixed Reality as well as normal web and mobile innovations in various categories such as health, education, transport among others. Startups in Artificial Intelligence will showcase the best use of Azure Intelligence tools and APIs with Azure Cognitive Services and Bot Services while those in Big Data will showcase best use of Azure Analytics tools and APIs Azure Machine Learning, Stream Analytics, and IoT technologies while starups in Mixed Reality will showcase best use of Windows Mixed Reality using 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.
Entries for the Kenya competition started in March and the regional winners will be announced on 26-27th April. Regional Finals on 23rd May and world finalist announcement on 1st June 2018
Through Imagine Cup, Microsoft provides student developers with the opportunity to mould 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.
Microsoft aims to help the young generation of innovators address both education and employment issues in their societies. The competition aims to empower more young people by enabling them to showcase what they have to offer to the world.
According to Lilian Nganda, Communications Manager, Microsoft Sub-Sahara Africa, “Through the Imagine Cup, these issues can be addressed in a fun, positive and inspiring way for students to acquire new and critical technical, business, and team-building skills.”
Microsoft’s Imagine Cup has to date inspired nearly two million student technologists from all academic backgrounds to collaborate, innovate, and showcase their technology.