Microsoft announces 8th annual Imagine Cup

Calling students over the age of 16! Microsoft just announced the eighth annual U.S. Imagine Cup competition. Solve global problems and create innovative solutions with technology for the chance to win $36,000 in prize money. The winning team will also compete in the worldwide finals in Warsaw, Poland this July.

Students must register by February 1, 2010 to initially compete in the Spring Round 1 portion. Qualifiers then compete in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. finals in April. Categories include Software Design, Game Design and Web Design.

"The Imagine Cup is a unique opportunity for students to help solve real-world problems while gaining experience outside the classroom," said Anthony Salcito, vice president for Worldwide Education at Microsoft. "Developing technology innovations, working in a team environment and understanding how to create a viable business plan are invaluable to students who want to successfully achieve careers in today's world."

From games that teach to applications re-creating the way healthcare is managed, technology and science go hand in hand to create global solutions. And today's youth can have a direct impact on the future. Competing in the Imagine Cup provides the opportunity for students to work as a team to combine creative thinking with technical knowledge.

To register or learn more about the U.S. Imagine Cup, visit Link: http://www.imaginecup.us. Students who sign up before the February 1, 2010 deadline may enter to win the "$10,000 Cash for Students" sweepstakes.

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