Microsoft Corp. recently announced the winners of the 11th annual Microsoft Imagine Cup—the world’s premier competition for student technologists, developers, and aspiring entrepreneurs to create innovative projects and ultimately bring those ideas to the market.
At the Imagine Cup Awards Ceremony held at the historic Alexandrinsky Theater, the winning projects were announced for the three major competition categories—Innovation, Games, and World Citizenship.
Eighty-seven student teams from 71 countries competed in the Worldwide Finals after winning local and online competitions around the world. Microsoft has awarded cash and other prizes valued at more than $1 million throughout the year-long Imagine Cup competition, including awards for the winning teams at the Worldwide Finals this week.
“For the past 11 years, Imagine Cup has been a place of inspiration and innovation for students around the world,” said Steve Guggenheimer, Corporate Vice President and Chief Evangelist at Microsoft. “The students participating in this competition demonstrate the very best in innovation from their home countries and together are creating new apps, innovations and services that will change the way the world works, interacts and learns. We are incredibly proud of the finalists who competed in Imagine Cup this year and stand in awe of the projects and technology they brought forth during this exciting week.”
The winners of the 11th annual Imagine Cup Competitions are the following:
1st Place, $50,000 prize: Team Zeppelin Studio, Austria, Project: Schein
2nd Place, $10,000 prize: Team Solite Studio, Indonesia, Project: Save the Hamsters
3rd Place, $5,000 prize: Team Banzai Lightning, France, Project: Seed
1st Place, $50,000 prize: Team for a Better World, Portugal, Project: For a Better World
2nd Place, $10,000 prize: Team Omni-Hearing Solution, Taiwan, Project: Omni-Hearing Solution
3rd Place, $5,000 prize: Team Confufish Royale, Australia, Project: Foodbank Local
A big cheers to all the winners and participants! Hooray for technology and teamwork!