World Semifinals

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The Imagine Cup World Semifinals brings together teams from all over the world in three online competitions. The winners of the Semifinals will be invited to Seattle to participate in the World Finals, visit the Microsoft campus, and meet with technology leaders. There's three prizes of $50,000 USD at stake, as well as a chance at meeting with Satya Nadella!

Games Competition

Join the global game revolution. Today, great games come from anywhere and people play them everywhere. On their phones, on their computers, on their tablets, in their browser, with their friends, with anyone, with everyone. Powerful game engines and libraries are available for free so students can get started right away. There’s really never been a better time to make the next great game.

We’ve seen amazing games come out of nowhere in the last few years. Many of them have been made by students around the world. Have you got an idea? Then get a team, make a plan, and make it happen!

The Imagine Cup Games Competition is a global contest for the best new student games and the winning team will take home $50,000 (US). Create a desktop or tablet game using Windows, or a mobile game using Windows Phone, or a browser game using Microsoft Azure and you could win big at the Imagine Cup World Finals in Seattle 2016.

Game on!

Innovation Competition

The next big thing could come from you. Incredible, world-changing software innovations often come from students. Social networks, music services, digital photography apps, gadgets and robotics – the list goes on. We’re looking for the next big thing and we know students like you are going to make it.

This competition is the doorway to your success. If you can win here, you can go anywhere. If you’ve got a great idea, assemble a great team and work hard to bring that idea to life. Your project could be on devices all over the world, changing lives and giving people the thrill of seeing the future come to life right in front of them.

The Imagine Cup Innovation Competition is a global contest for the best new innovative software and the winning team will take home $50,000 (US). Create a desktop or tablet project using Windows, or a mobile project using Windows Phone, or a browser project using Microsoft Azure and you could win big at the Imagine Cup World Finals in Seattle 2016.

Go for it!

World Citizenship Competition

Where everyone sees problems, you can find solutions. Since Imagine Cup started in 2003, students all over the world have teamed up to make the world a better place. By creating impressive new technology projects in fields such as health, education, and the environment these students have shown the world new ways to think and to change. You can be next.

Find a problem in the world, even in your own life or community, that affects many people, and then work to solve it. Build a project that could change lives – and change your own in the process, because the team you assemble to bring this vision to life will learn more and challenge themselves more than any of you can yet imagine. Become the change you want to see in the world.

The Imagine Cup World Citizenship Competition is a global contest for the best new software to address social issues and the winning team will take home $50,000 (US). Create a desktop or tablet project using Windows, or a mobile project using Windows Phone, or a browser project using Microsoft Azure and you could win big at the Imagine Cup World Finals in Seattle 2016.

The world is waiting!