Software Design Competition

The Software Design competition challenges students to explore their own creativity by using technology to solve what they consider to be the toughest problems facing our global society.

The Imagine Cup provides the incentive, but the competitors provide the genius behind innovative, dynamic, and powerful software applications.

Using Microsoft tools and technology, competitors can unleash their ideas, curiosities, and talents towards creating usable software applications.

Globally, students will conceive, test, and build their ideas into applications that can change the world.


This Competition ends at 11:59 PM GMT on May 20, (“Entry Period”). The Entry Period consists of the two (2) Rounds described below:

  • Round 1 began on July 8, at 12:01 a.m. GMT and ends on May 20, at 11:59 PM GMT, and is comprised of a series of separate country / region-specific Competitions (each, a "Local Competition"). Each Local Competition may have unique eligibility requirements, entry deadlines, entry criteria, and prizing. Accordingly, review the Local Rules for before submitting an entry.

  • Worldwide Finals: The top Teams from each Round 1 Local Competition will advance to compete against one another in the Worldwide Finals to determine the top three (3) Teams overall.

  • The Worldwide Finals will take place July 3-9, in Cairo, Egypt, and will consist of three (3) Phases of competition.

    If you wish to participate in this Competition, you must register as instructed during the Registration Period, either individually, or as a member of a Team.

    Required Elements:

  • Your entry must address a social cause connected to the Imagine Cup Theme: "Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems facing us today".

  • Any presentation or documentation that is a part of your entry must be in the English language.

  • If a translator is needed, you will have the opportunity to provide one.

  • Implementation or consumption of a XML Web Service

  • .NET Framework 2.0 or later

  • Visual Studio family (Express, Standard, Professional, or Team System) for development.

    For more information and application, visit: Software Design Competition

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