UAE finals for Microsoft Imagine Cup announced
UAE finals to take place on 22nd April at Higher Colleges of Technology
Microsoft has announced the UAE finals of its Imagine Cup innovation competition.
The Imagine Cup, currently in its thirteenth year, is part of Microsoft's YouthSpark initiative, which aims to encourages students to develop technology and innovation skills. The competition challenges teams to develop a technology application and create a business plan. The Cup has three categories, Innovation, Games and World Citizenship.
The UAE local final will take place on the 22nd April at Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), Abu Dhabi. The top six finalists are teams from Ajman University of science and technology (AUST), University of Wollongong Dubai (UOWD), Khalifa University, Herriot Watt and BITS-Pilani.
The teams will showcase their innovative projects to the Microsoft judging panel. Three finalist teams will be chosen, each per competition category, and out of these, one will be awarded as a ‘top team'. All the three finalist teams will travel to Bahrain to represent the UAE at the Pan Arab Finals taking place from May 31st to June 3rd.
The winning team will receive $50,000; second place receives $10,000; and third place receives $5,000. The challenges are: Pitch Video Challenge requires students to record a three to five minute video with the team to pitch their project. Project Blueprint Challenge requires students to dig deep into their thinking and deliver a written project proposal covering the end-users, requirements, scenarios and business model.
User Experience Challenge is aimed at encouraging teams to focus on transformative user experiences. The teams will have to show the user flow, wireframes and a visual target for how the software will look on screen.
This year the challenges are better aligned to the three major competition themes of Games, Innovation, and World Citizenship with the introduction of Paths. The three SDL contests - the Pitch Video Challenge, the Project Blueprint Challenge, and the User Experience Challenge - now have rules and submission requirements tailored to each competition theme.
Michael Mansour, Head of Apps and Innovation, Microsoft Gulf said: "The future of technology is heavily premised on stirring innovation. Through Imagine Cup, Microsoft continues to encourage young students to utilize their imagination and creativity for innovative technological advancements that can further address real-world issues. Imagine Cup compliments Microsoft's commitment to create social and economic opportunity through programs and products that can transform education, foster local innovation, drive future prosperity and enable jobs and opportunities within UAE and worldwide."