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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Microsoft Imagine Cup

All under graduate and post graduate students are eligible to participate in Imagine Cup competition.


"Imagine Cup" is a great platform to get worldwide visibility and to build your career on, so read (https://www.imaginecup.com/CompetitionsContent/GetStarted.aspx) and make your decision quickly.

You can call it as Technology Olympic where you have multiple tracks and you can participate in various tracks as per your interest.

What Are You Waiting For?

The world's toughest problems will be addressed one solution at a time. But who will lead the change? Compete in the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2012 student technology competition and you'll join thousands of students from around the world who are stepping up to the challenge of global change. It all starts with you.

For Imagine Cup 2012, you can choose from three team competitions—Software Design, Game Design: Xbox/Windows, and Game Design: Phone. If you are already signed up to compete in of the three competitions you can increase your chances to share your world-changing ideas by signing up to compete in the Windows Azure or Windows Phone Challenge.

Are you more of a one person team? No problem, we have challenges for everyone. Check out the IT Challenge and compete-one-on one with some of world's top student technological brainpower.

Each of the 3 Competitions and the team Challenges asks you to - imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems. Get involved, stand out, and raise your skills. Ready to get started?

Ready to Get Started?

We know you are excited, but before you start building the next solution that benefits people around the globe or that world-changing game, take a few minutes to read the Imagine Cup Official Rules and Regulations.

Next: Register and sign up to compete in the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2012 student technology competition, using the steps on this page.

Returning to Imagine Cup? You can skip Step 1 and sign in now using your email address and password from last year. You still need to sign up for the competition or challenge of your choice through your My Profile page.

New to Imagine Cup? Follow these four steps and you are on your way.

Step 1. Register.We need some basic information from you before you can get started.

Step 2. Sign up to compete in one of the competition or challenge categories:

§ Software Design

§ Game Design: Xbox/Windows

§ Game Design: Phone

§ IT Challenge

§ Windows Azure Challenge

§ Windows Phone Challenge

Step 3. Read the Official Imagine Cup Competition Rules and Regulations before you start competing.

Step 4. Start building your solution, game or take your first IT Challenge Quiz.

Need a little inspiration? Read about the Imagine Cup 2012 Theme and follow follow the Imagine Cup Blog to gain access to new training and resources to help you with your project, read about past Imagine Cup competitors' successes, and get tips and tricks from the captains.


Challenge Yourself to Change the World
We know you have the knowledge, the passion, and the drive to make a difference. There are many challenges faced by our world today and even in your local communities. But did you ever imagine that you could help solve these challenges? It's true, you can! The Software Design competition is all about creating real-world applications and solutions that can help make the world a better place. Using Microsoft tools and technology, competitors can unleash their ideas and technical talent to create cutting-edge software applications. Students will develop, test, and build their ideas into applications that can help solve some of the world's toughest problems, such as poverty, hunger, gender inequality, environmental sustainability, and access education and healthcare.


You're the Ultimate Game-Changer
3-D or 2-D. Multilevel or single player. The structure of the game is entirely up to you. But the goal all comes back to one thing: using technology to help solve the world's toughest problems. The Game Design: Xbox/Windows competitions will give you the opportunity to learn the art of video game design and allow you to showcase your talent on the world stage – your first steps toward a career in game development! Changing the world just became a little more fun! See how to get started.


Show off Your Technical Brainpower
Technology is everywhere. The IT Challenge sets out to connect with those students around the world that have the brainpower, interest, and the technical knowledge to design, run, and support enterprise infrastructures while managing diverse customer needs and scenarios. The IT Challenge puts the world's brightest IT minds to the test!

In the IT Challenge, students are tasked to develop, deploy, and maintain IT systems that are efficient, functional, robust, and secure. Each competitor needs to demonstrate proficiency in the science of networks, databases, and servers and an intimate understanding of how it must all fit together, both on-premise and in the cloud.

The IT Challenge does not require a team, it is an individual challenge.


Build the Future in the Cloud

The Windows Azure Challenge is about leveraging the Windows Azure platform features to build a web application in the cloud. Be a contributor to the "next big thing" in the technology industry and solve one of the world's toughest problems at the same time. Get your smartest friends together, or work on your own and show how one idea can impact the lives of people around the world. Interested? Check out the full list of Windows Azure features and get started on your web application today.


Get Involved and Make a Difference

Answer the call. Enter to compete in the Windows Phone Challenge and create software that can really make a broad impact in the world. Now is your chance to experiment and make your work available on a mobile device used by millions. Great apps start with strong functionality, add device-focused utility, and finish with an outstanding Windows Phone user experience. Plus you will be able to install the Windows Phone SDK which includes Expression Blend 4 for Windows Phone, Visual Studio Express for Windows Phone Phone Emulator. Your ideas combined with great tools – which one of the world's toughest problems will you solve?

Help, clarifications, assistance is available on Facebook: Microsoft India Student (http://www.facebook.com/microsoftindiastudent ).

Best of Luck….!

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