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Welcome to the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2017 – New Zealand. This site will walk you through the competition, its requirements and key dates. Imagine Cup is a global competition that empowers the next generation of computer science students to team up and use their creativity, passion and knowledge of technology to create applications that shape how we live, work and play. Every year tens of thousands of students from across the globe compete for cash, travel and prizes and for the honour of taking home the Imagine Cup!
There are key dates in the local calendar that you need to keep in mind and keep free. They are listed below. We may have more events depending on interest and the level your team is at.
|Saturday 11th February 2017||Mentoring Weekend|
|Saturday 25th February 2017||Mentoring Weekend|
|Saturday 11th March 2017||Mentoring Weekend / Preliminary Round|
|Saturday 25th March 2017||Mentoring Weekend|
|Saturday 1st April 2017||New Zealand Quarter Finals|
|Monday 3rd April 2017||New Zealand Semi Finals|
|Thursday 6th April 2017||New Zealand National Finals|
|July 2017||World Finals in Seattle, USA|
If you already have an idea or an app that you've been thinking about or working on, you're welcome to enter this into the Microsoft Imagine Cup. Entries are accepted for any tech project that has previously not been entered into the cup.
There are a few requirements for your project:
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$100,000 USD for 1st place Global
$3,000 for 1st place New Zealand and Travel to Seattle
$2,000 for 2nd place New Zealand
$1,000 for 3rd place New Zealand
||January 2017 - March 2017
Every idea needs to start somewhere. Register your team and get started with building your project! You're welcome to use something that you have done previously, but it should not have been used in previous Imagine Cups.
||Preliminary Stage - Top 15 Teams
We will engage with your team on a 1:1 basis and let you know in March if you're a top 15 team. Now that you've validated your idea with your help, it's time to practice your pitch and prepare to get noticed, get funded and get successful!
||National Finals - Thursday 6th April 2017
This is it. The top teams will present live on stage to hundreds of students and industry guests. Your team will be called upon in random order to present to a panel of highly qualified judges. The top three teams will be decided and announced on the night, with the winning team recieving tickets to Seattle.
Microsoft is here to support your team through the Imagine Cup journey. We are available through:
Further to this, your team can bring in one mentor who is not part of your team. This person is not considered as part of your team and is not eligible for the prize money or travel, but can support you through your Imagine Cup journey and provide you technical and business advisory.
If you have any specific questions, our team will be happy to address them. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact your nearest Microsoft Student Partner.
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