Imagine Cup 2012 Competitions

The Microsoft Imagine Cup is the world’s premier student technology competition. We invite all eligible students to use their imagination and passion to create a technology solution that addresses the Imagine Cup 2012 theme: Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems.


In ten years, the Imagine Cup has grown to be a truly global competition focused on finding solutions to real-world problems. Since 2003, over 1.4 million students have participated in the Imagine Cup with 358,000 students representing 183 countries and regions registering for the Imagine Cup 2011 competition.


The Imagine Cup 2012 competition is your chance to:


  • Solve tough problems facing the world today, and maybe even turn your ideas into a business.
  • Learn new technological skills.
  • Test yourself against the brightest students around the world.
  • Make new friends.
  • Win cash, grants , and prizes – plus, a chance for a free trip to Sydney, Australia, next July to compete at the Imagine Cup 2012 Worldwide Finals

Ready to Get Started?

We know you are excited, but before you start building the next solution that benefits people around the globe or that world-changing game, take a few minutes to read the Imagine Cup Official Rules and Regulations


Next: Register and sign up to compete in the Imagine Cup 2012 student technology competition, using the steps on this page.


Returning to Imagine Cup? You can skip Step 1 and sign in now with your email address and password from last year. You still need to sign up for the competition of your choice through your My Profile page.


New to Imagine Cup? Follow these four steps and you are on your way.


Step 1. Register. We need some basic information from you before you can get started.

Step 2. Sign up to compete in one of the competition categories:

Software Design 

Game Design: Xbox/Windows

Game Design: Phone 

IT Challenge 

Step 3. Read the Official Imagine Cup Competition Rules and Regulations before you start competing.

Step 4. Start building your solution, game or take your first IT Challenge Quiz.


Need a little inspiration? Read about the Imagine Cup 2012 Theme and follow follow the Imagine Cup Blog to gain access to new training and resources to help you with your project, read about past Imagine Cup competitors' successes, and get tips and tricks from the captains.





Change the World? Yes, It’s Possible!
We know you have the knowledge, the passion, and the drive to make a difference. There are many challenges faced by our world today and even in your local communities. But did you ever imagine that you could help solve these challenges? It’s true, you can! The Software Design competition is all about creating real-world applications and solutions that can help make the world a better place. Using Microsoft tools and technology, competitors can unleash their ideas and technical talent to create cutting-edge software applications. Students will develop, test, and build their ideas into applications that can help solve some of the world’s toughest problems, such as poverty, hunger, gender inequality, environmental sustainability, and access education and healthcare.





You’re the Ultimate Game-Changer
3-D or 2-D. Multilevel or single player. The structure of the game is entirely up to you. But the goal all comes back to one thing: using technology to help solve the world’s toughest problems. The Game Design: Xbox/Windows and Game Design: Phone  competitions will give you the opportunity to learn the art of video game design and allow you to showcase your talent on the world stage – your first steps toward a career in game development! Changing the world just became a little more fun! See how to get started.





Show off Your Technical Brainpower
Technology is everywhere. The IT Challenge sets out to connect with those students around the world that have the brainpower, interest, and the technical knowledge to design, run, and support enterprise infrastructures while managing diverse customer needs and scenarios. The IT Challenge puts the world's brightest IT minds to the test!


In the IT Challenge, students are tasked to develop, deploy, and maintain IT systems that are efficient, functional, robust, and secure. Each competitor needs to demonstrate proficiency in the science of networks, databases, and servers and an intimate understanding of how it must all fit together, both on-premise and in the cloud.


The IT Challenge does not require a team, it is an individual challenge

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