What is Imagine Cup?
Like the last five years, this year too, Microsoft has organized the world’s premier student technology competition, Imagine Cup 2008 (IC_2008). Through Imagine Cup, Microsoft is encouraging young people to apply their technological skills, artistic abilities and creativity to make a difference in the technological world around us. This one of the largest global student events. Last year, in IC_2007, more than 100,000 students around the globe, took part in the competition.
This year too, IC_2008 has started. Anybody over the minimum age of 16 years and currently pursuing a educational course in any recognized school, college or university is eligible for participation.
Imagine Cup 2008 Events
This year's theme is : "Imagine a world where technology enables a sustainable environment". Based on this theme, students have nine different categories of competition each testing a pupils abilities in different categories :
The prize money are quite attractive and added to it is the exposure that students get. I am not sure about it, but most probably Microsoft offers job opportunities to the finalists. In any case, the competitions are too fun to miss. Most of them are online, so no need to move from the comforts of our home or maybe, just a few more hours at college. The charm of getting a team together and working along with a deadline in mind is just awesome.
Please participate ....
I urge all my fellow students to take part in this event. Do not worry about your skill level, you never know how your opponent is. The first time I tried my hands at a competition, I had no idea of others, but I slowly gathered confidence. The worst that can happen is that you lose, but even that offers a evaluation platform. At least one gets to know his/her position globally.