The Imagine Cup Canada 2012 registration now open
TORONTO, Feb. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - Microsoft Canada is challenging Canadian
high school and post-secondary students to imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems during the Imagine Cup Canada 2012. Registration is now open for this global competition which requires
students to creatively use technology to solve real-world problems.
Students can register for Imagine Cup Canada 2012 at www.microsoft.ca/imaginecup to compete in one of two Canadian platform categories: Windows Phone 7 Game Design, registration closes February 14; and Software Design, registration closes March 13. Microsoft will fly the top three teams
from each category to Toronto for the Canadian Finals. The winning
Software Design team in Canada and the top 10 international finalists
in the Game Design category will then be flown to compete in the
Worldwide Finals in Sydney, Australia this July.
"The Imagine Cup is a global competition that empowers and inspires
passion and idealism in students and encourages them to apply classroom
learning to solve real-world problems," said Gladstone Grant, Vice
President, Developer & Platform Group, Microsoft Canada Inc.
"Microsoft is proud to support our Canadian students through this
annual competition which cultivates a spirit of social and
By participating in the Imagine Cup 2012, students have the chance to
learn new technological skills and win cash, grants and prizes. They
also have the opportunity to network with peers, pursue career
opportunities and test themselves against the brightest students from
around the world. Last year, more than 350,000 students representing
183 countries and regions entered the competition.
"Competing in the Imagine Cup is a unique experience that offers
students the opportunity to creatively apply classroom learning to
real-world problems, while pushing the envelope to create ideas never
thought of before," said William Hoang, Engineer Team Lead on team
Bamboo & Papyrus: embedded software design, 1st place finalist Imagine
Cup Canada 2009. "At the same time, students gain valuable technical
skills and learn how to overcome challenges while building friendships
and gaining real-world experience. Imagine Cup Canada is an
unforgettable experience for any student."
For inspiration, students can review some of the world's most
challenging social issues as identified within the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals. From designing mobile healthcare applications to enabling access to
quality education for all children and creating mobile games that teach
youth disease prevention or environmental sustainability, young social
innovators are using technology to make a difference in the life of
people around the world and in their own communities. Canadian students
can also enter to compete globally in additional categories as
identified on the global Imagine Cup website.
Every student team has the opportunity to engage a mentor - someone to
inspire them, answer their questions and guide them through the
competition. Mentors can be faculty members from the students' schools
or industry experts who wish to support the next generation of student
developers. More details on mentorship can be found on the Canadian Imagine Cup website.
About the Imagine Cup
The Microsoft Imagine Cup is the world's premier student technology
competition. Eligible students from around the world are invited 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 problem. In ten years, the Imagine Cup has grown to be a truly global competition
focused on finding solutions to real-world problems. Since 2003, more
than 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. This year, the Imagine Cup 2012
Worldwide Finals take place in Sydney, Australia in July.
About Microsoft Canada
Established in 1985, Microsoft Canada Inc. is the Canadian subsidiary of
Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq "MSFT") the worldwide leader in software,
services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their
full potential. Microsoft Canada provides nationwide sales, marketing,
consulting and local support services in both French and English.
Headquartered in Mississauga, Microsoft Canada has nine regional
offices across the country dedicated to empowering people through great
software - any time, any place and on any device. For more information
on Microsoft Canada, please visit www.microsoft.ca.
SOURCE Microsoft Canada Co.
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