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The Microsoft Imagine Cup

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!

Key Dates

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.

Date Description
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

Building Your Idea

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:

  • The idea must be related to technology or use technology in an innovative way
  • The product or service should be powered by Microsoft Azure - and we can help with this

Registration now open!

Register now!

Entry closes soon.

The Prizes

$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

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The Schedule

Build
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.

  • Form a team with students who share your idea.
  • Download the Sample Template to complete your report.
  • Complete a report on your proposal which will contain:
    • Your Solution
    • Your Team Details
    • Current Work
  • Start building out your idea by using the free software tools available from Microsoft Imagine.
  • Email reports to nzedu@microsoft.com by 10th February 2017.

Refine
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!

Compete
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.

Help and Mentorship

Microsoft is here to support your team through the Imagine Cup journey. We are available through:

    nzedu@microsoft.com helpdesk
    The Microsoft Student Partner Team
    Our fortnightly Imagine Cup Check-ins

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 nzedu@microsoft.com or contact your nearest Microsoft Student Partner. For the latest updates follow us on Facebook and Twitter.