Imagine Cup Comes to Nigeria

(c) Imagine Cup website

The Imagine Cup may sound new to many people, but its one of those competitions that I waste no time in recommending for students and other young people who are tired of being local champions. With it’s One world. Unlimited possibilities slogan, the cup is described on its website as follows:

Let’s face it — the world needs help. The kind of help that happens when you take the top young minds from around the globe and turn them loose on solving the world’s toughest problems. That’s what the Imagine Cup is all about. This is your chance to innovate and create, show the world what you’ve got, and win some serious prizes. Simply put, it’s your chance to use the power of technology to change the world—and have some fun while you’re at it.

It continues:

You win. We all win.
Imagine Cup contestants have the chance to give their ideas exposure, make critical contacts, and feel a true sense of friendship with people around the world. Want more? Well, if you make it to the worldwide finals, you’ll also score an all-expense paid trip to Seoul, Korea, and a shot at some great cash prizes: $8,000 for winning one of eight invitationals or even $25,000 for winning the Software Design invitational. Help the world and win money? It doesn’t get any better than that.

The theme of this year’s Imagine Cup is “Imagine a world where technology enables a better education for all.” and I hope there will be many winners from Nigeria. 😉 Fortunately, the challenge comes to Nigeria in a dynamic way, following some input by Microsoft Nigeria and University of Lagos. The following message came from the Developer & Platform Manager for Microsoft West, East, Central Africa & Indian Ocean Islands:

Dear Imagine Cup Registrant,

I am happy to announce that the University of Lagos, Nigeria has agreed to assist Microsoft in piloting a local version of the Imagine Cup competition in Nigeria. This version of the competition will conclude in a local judging and prize-giving event in June 2007.

This local competition now presents a fantastic opportunity for you to compete against your peers in Nigeria, and although run in conjunction with the global program, this pilot program will in no way influence the judging and scoring for the worldwide finals for those of you that may have submitted projects for the global competition. This local pilot competition will present you with a second opportunity to compete and win, and will only be open to students in Nigeria.

I applaud your enthusiasm for joining the Imagine Cup competition, and I would like to announce that 1st prize for this pilot competition (after some consultation with students about prizes :)) will be a laptop- with further consolation prizes for the runners up. Please invite your fellow students to go to http://www.imaginecup.com to sign up and compete.

More information will follow concerning the finals event in June as well as submission details. Projects will, however, have to be submitted by the 8th of June 2007.

Finally, I would like to wish you good luck and I hope to see you at the finals!

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