The theme: Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems
The challenge: Bring your imagination to life.
In 2003, back before YouTube existed, back when Facebook was just a twinkle in Zuckerberg's eye, Microsoft's international student tech competition known as the Imagine Cup held its first event. That year, it brought close to 1,000 of the world's brightest young innovators together to break ground and blow minds. Cut to 2011; there are 325,000+ student entries from just this past year, all addressing the theme's call to target "the toughest problems." We're talking hunger, poverty, infectious disease, environmental threats, gender equality.... Yes, the toughest.
Representing software design, embedded development, game design, IT challenge and digital media, the competition once again empowered young people to create new ways to thrive in the technological age. Judges managed to whittle entries down to select finalists in each category, and starting today, you can back the U.S. projects you dig the most by casting a People's Choice vote.
Head over to the Microsoft Tech Student Facebook page to read up on submissions from brilliant young minds, then cast a vote to help nudge your favorite toward the top. Previous final events have been held in Warsaw, Paris, Delhi, Barcelona, Cairo and São Paulo, but this year, the Big Kahuna happens here in New York City, so it only makes sense to give the ol' US of A a little extra home turf support!
Check out this year's Imagine Cup finalists and vote for your favorite project.
This Imagine Cup resource for potential contestants helps tech-savvy students choose a project by picking a problem that needs solving.