In today’s world, it’s more important than ever to create positive change using new tools and resources. What better place to start than with technology? The Imagine Cup is your chance to bring your ideas to life, build your skills, and win prizes along the way. Sign up today and help shape our world for the future. (Microsoft Imagine Cup Junior 2023 for Young Students Worldwide)
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Are your students ready to change the world?
At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. We believe that students today will be the changemakers of tomorrow, so we need to empower them with the tools, resources and opportunities to learn new skills and prepare for the future workforce.
Imagine Cup Junior 2023
Now in its fourth year, Imagine Cup Junior is an exciting opportunity for students aged 13-18 years old to learn about technology and how it can be used to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges, while participating in a global student challenge. It’s a great introduction to technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and cybersecurity, and is suitable for all levels, especially beginners.
How to Register and Participate
Registration for Imagine Cup Junior opened on January 11, 2023. Team Leaders must submit projects on behalf of their student teams before the submission deadline, May 10th 2023.
Participation in Imagine Cup Junior for students is via a Team Leader (educator, instructor, parent, or guardian – over the age of 18). Team Leaders register on behalf of students and gain access to the Imagine Cup Junior resource pack outlined below to facilitate learning and the challenge. Students work in teams of one (1) to six (6) to develop an original concept addressing Microsoft’s AI for Good Initiatives and complete the Imagine Cup Junior PowerPoint submission template.
For the submission to qualify for the 2023 Imagine Cup Junior, each application must comply with the challenge rules and regulations.
Imagine Cup Junior Resources
Once registered for Imagine Cup Junior, Team Leaders can access all the materials needed to educate students and run a great Imagine Cup Junior challenge. These resources include:
- Beginners Kit – six (6) 45-minute lesson modules. New this year are additional AI lessons in Minecraft: Education Edition as well as an option for students to create a prototype of their concept using Microsoft Azure for Students
- Deep Learning Modules – 6 sets of in-depth content
- Team Leader Toolkit – get students excited about participating in Imagine Cup Junior with participation resources including social media templates, certificates, posters, and t-shirt templates
- Submission Template
- Judging Criteria and Rubric
- Rules and Regulations
Team Leaders can also access hackathon materials to run a hackathon in their classroom to help further understand best practices for running Imagine Cup Junior and facilitate additional learning for students.
We are excited to see the ideas students come up with! The top 10 global submission winners will be announced June 7th 2023 via the Microsoft Education blog.
Imagine Cup X
The 2023 season of the Imagine Cup opens with the Epic Challenge. Although it is not required, participation will help you enhance your project for the online semifinals. Participating gives you the ability to pitch your project idea and receive early feedback without having a working proof of concept.
The Online Semifinals or National Finals, depending on whether your nation supports it, come after the Epic Challenge. Submit your proposal in this round to advance in the competition and be eligible to participate in the World Finals and World Championship.
The categories remain the same from the Epic Challenge for the Online Semifinals. If you submitted to the Epic Challenge, please continue to develop your project, and select the same category.
- Earth: solutions for climate change, agriculture, and in green tech
- Education: innovate to change the way students across the globe learn
- Health: tackle issues in treatment, diagnosis, accessibility, and more
- Lifestyle: projects that shape how we game, play, and live
A mentoring session with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, $100,000, a grant from Microsoft Azure, and other prizes await the world champion.
Make a difference through competition, teamwork, and coding.
Bring your digital solution to life in the Imagine Cup by innovating with passion to address global concerns.
Eligibility for Microsoft Imagine Cup Junior 2023
If you match the criteria listed below at the time of entry, you are qualified to win. The most recent date you submitted an entry into a particular round is referred to as the “time of entry” for the purposes of this Competition.
- You are at least 16 years old as of October 6, 2022, and enrolled full-time in a high school, college, or university (or an equivalent program) at any time between October 6, 2022, and May 31, 2023 (including home schools); and If you are at least 16 years old but have not yet reached the legal age of majority in your place of residence, you should ask your parents’ or legal guardians’ permission before proceeding.
- You DO NOT reside in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, Russia, or the Area of Crimea; and U.S. export laws forbid the shipment of goods and services to these countries. Thus, citizens of certain nations or territories are not permitted to take part.
- You/your business have not used paid employee assistance to create an Imagine Cup entry at any time;
- You/your business have not received more than $50,000 USD in outside funding;
- You/your business are not employees, interns, or contractors of Microsoft Corporation or a Microsoft subsidiary at any time between October 6, 2022, and May 31, 2023;
- You are not involved in the execution or administration of this Competition; and
- You are not an immediate family member of any of the foregoing.
What do I present?
For the Epic Challenge, your team must submit the following:
- a project’s name
- The title of your endeavor.
- Describe your project in detail
- a succinct outline of your project.
- document proposing
The proposal provides an overview of your team and project:
- Who is on your team?
- What does your project do?
- Who is it for?
- What platform features does your project use?
- How will you market your product?
- This film features your team members introducing themselves and showcasing the project. Show the footage to the jury as if you were there in person.
- Please upload your video on a third-party website, such as YouTube or Microsoft OneDrive, and keep it to three minutes or less.
- Verify that the public may access your video.
- Videos that are difficult to access could be disqualified.
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