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Microsoft Imagine Cup 2022 [Cash Prizes Upto Rs. 74 L]: Apply by Jan 28

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Microsoft Imagine Cup 2022 [Cash Prizes Upto Rs. 74 L]: Apply by Jan 28

About Microsoft Imagine Cup

The Imagine Cup is a skill-based Competition. Open to students around the world, the Imagine Cup Competition seeks to honor the most innovative, accessible, ground-breaking, and appealing software built with Microsoft tools and technology.

The Competition may be structured differently based on the country/region you are representing. Please make sure to read your local country/region competition rules (if applicable) to better understand how to participate in this competition before registering or submitting an entry. If there are any inconsistencies between these Official Rules and your local country/region Competition Rules, these Official Rules will govern.

Eligibility

  • You are eligible to enter if you meet the following requirements below at time of entry. For purposes of this Competition, “time of entry” is defined as the most recent date you have submitted an entry into a specific round.
  • You are at least 16 years of age as of 21 September 2021 and are actively enrolled as a student at an accredited educational institution that grants high-school or college/university (or equivalent) degrees (including home schools) at any time between 25 May 2021 and 31 May 2022; and
  • If you are 16 years of age or older but have not reached the age of majority in your legal place of residence, then you should ask your parent’s or legal guardian’s permission prior to submitting an entry into this Competition.
  • You are NOT a resident of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, and the Region of Crimea; and
  • U.S. export regulations prohibit the export of goods and services to Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, and the Region of Crimea. Therefore, residents of these countries/regions are not eligible to participate.
  • You/your business has not received external funding more than $50,000 USD; and
  • You/your business has not used paid employee’s assistance in creating an Imagine Cup entry at any time between 25 May 2021 and 31 May 2022; and
  • You are not an employee or intern of Microsoft Corporation, or an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary, at any time between 21 September 2021 and 31 May 2022; and
  • You are not involved in any part of the execution or administration of this Competition; and
  • You are not an immediate family member of (parent, sibling, spouse/domestic partner, child) or household member of a Microsoft employee, an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary, or a person involved in any part of the administration and execution of this Competition between 25 May 2021 and May 2022.

Important dates

This Competition starts at 00:01 Greenwich Mean Time (“GMT”) on 25 May 2021 and ends in May 2022 (“Entry Period”) and will consist of multiple entry periods as follows:

  • Epic Challenge (optional): May 25, 2021- November 2021
  • Round 1: Online Semifinals: November, 2021- January 28, 2022
  • Round 2: World Finals March 2022 April 2022
  • Round 3: World Championship TBD May 2022

Registration

  • To enter the Epic Challenge (optional), visit this page and register as instructed.
  • To enter Round 1, visit imaginecup.com and register as instructed. Submission requirements and deadlines for Round 1 vary from region to region but all will be concluded no later than March 2022.
  • You cannot compete in the 2022 Imagine Cup if you do not participate in Online Semifinals (Round 1).
  • You may only submit one (1) entry per round. Beginning with Round 1, if you make multiple submissions, we will use the last one you submitted as your official entry. This does allow you to throw out and replace your project in Round 1, for example, if you decide your initial approach isn’t working.

Prizes

Epic Challenge: One winning team will be selected in each region along with four (4) runnersup in each region.
  • The three (3) teams selected as winners will receive:
  • $1,000 USD, to be divided equally among each officially registered member of the Team
  • Advance to the World Finals if a working proof of concept is submitted to the Online Semifinals
  • Judge feedback on their projects
  • The twelve (12) runners up teams will receive:
  • Judge feedback on their projects
Round 1: Each Local Event may offer prizes at the discretion of the local Microsoft
representatives representing that competition. The existence, nature, and conditions of such
prizes are subject to the rules of each Local Event. Every team who advances to round 2 will
receive:
  • Microsoft Azure Credits*
  • Mentoring from a Microsoft employee i.e. Startup Advocate or Cloud Advocate
Round 2: At the World Finals there will be one winning team selected for each of the four (4)
categories in each Region. The top team from each Region will advance to Round 3. At least one
member of the team must be present virtually to win. (Mentors and associates will not be
awarded any portion of the monetary prize winnings.)
  • The three (3) teams selected to advance to Round 3 will receive:
  • $5,000 USD, to be divided equally among each officially registered member of the Team and Microsoft Azure Credits*
  • Advance to Round 3 and compete for the World Championship prize
  • Mentors to the team are not eligible for prizing
  • The nine (9) other winning teams will receive:
  • $2,500 USD, to be divided equally among each officially registered member of the Team
  • Microsoft Azure Credits*
Round 3: At the World Championship one (1) winning team will be selected. At least one (1)
member of the team must be present virtually to win. (Mentors and associates will not be
awarded any portion of the monetary prize winnings.)

World Champion:

  • $100,000 USD, to be divided equally among each officially registered member of the Team
  • Microsoft Azure Grant*
  • Mentorship call with Microsoft Chairman and CEO Satya Nadella
All prizes are stated in U.S. dollars, but we, or our local subsidiary or designated agent (on our behalf), may award a cash prize in the official currency of the winner’s country of residence based on the exchange rate on the date of payment. Unless otherwise indicated in the specific Competition rules, all cash prizes will be divided equally among all officially registered members of a Team.


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