05 July 2013 17:45 | By Cliff Joseph
The Microsoft Imagine Cup 2013

The competition

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In 2003, Microsoft launched the Imagine Cup, a technology competition that encourages teams of students from all over the world to develop innovative software and applications. The finals of this year’s competition will be taking place in St. Petersburg in Russia on the 11th July, hosted by Matt Smith, the star of TV’s Doctor Who.

The Imagine Cup includes a number of different competitions and technology challenges covering everything from games programming for young children to social networking and search tools, and even developing innovative ideas for tackling global issues such as health and education.

The Imagine Cup consists of three main competitions, along with a number of other awards. The World Citizenship Competition is for software that can make a positive contribution to humanity in areas such as medicine or education. The Games Competition is for the best student games based on Microsoft technologies such as Windows 8 and Kinect. And this year the Innovation Competition has been introduced to encourage entrepreneurship in the fast-moving fields of social networking, online shopping and search. Microsoft has more than doubled the prize money for this year too, with a total of $300,000 across all categories.

So while we wait for the winners to be announced, here’s our guide to some of the leading entries and highlights from past years.

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