Microsoft is accepting applications for 2019 Imagine Cup EMEA Regional Final in the Netherlands open to Computer science students and teams in Africa. One idea starts the journey. Your innovation could change the future of technology and be at the forefront of life-changing solutions.

Imagine Cup is a global competition that empowers the next generation of computer science students to team up and use their creativity, passion and knowledge of technology to create applications that shape how we live, work and play. Every year tens of thousands of students from across the globe compete for cash, travel and prizes and for the honour of taking home the Imagine Cup.

You’re encouraged to submit an original application/solution that you and your team of up to three (3) have built (either on your own time, through your coursework, as a participant in a student hackathon, etc.).

Worth of Award

Regional Finals Prizes

The teams that advance to the Regional Final will win a trip to the EMEA Regional Final event in Amsterdam, Netherlands and compete for the following:

  • First place: USD15,000 and a spot in the World Championship
  • Second place: USD5,000
  • Third place: USD1,000

World Championship Prizing

1st place teams from the Regional Finals will advance to the World Championship (date and location to be announced) and compete for the grand prize of USD100,000 + Azure Grant.


You are eligible to enter if you meet the following requirements at the time of entry:
• You are at least 16 years of age as of 2 October 2018 and are actively enrolled as a student at an accredited educational institution that grants high-school or college/university (or equivalent) degrees (including home schools) at any time between 25 July 2018 and 31 May 2019; and
o If you are considered a minor in your place of residence, then you should ask your parent’s or legal guardian’s permission prior to submitting an entry into this Competition.
• You are NOT a resident of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, and the Region of Crimea; and
o U.S. export regulations prohibit the export of goods and services to Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, and the Region of Crimea. Therefore, residents of these countries/regions are not eligible to participate.
• You/your business has not received external funding of more than $50,000 USD; and
• You/your business has not used paid employees assistance in creating an Imagine Cup entry at any time between 25 July 2017 and 31 May 2019; and
• You are not an employee or intern of Microsoft Corporation, or an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary, at any time between 2 October 2018 and 31 May 2019; and
• You have a valid passport for international travel through July 2019 if you are selected to advance in the competition; and
• You are not involved in any part of the execution or administration of this Competition; and
• You are not an immediate family member of (parent, sibling, spouse/domestic partner, child) or household member of a Microsoft employee, an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary, or a person involved in any part of the administration and execution of this Competition between 25 July 2018 and 31 May 2019.

  • Countries eligible in this region
    EMEA: Europe (Western, Central and Eastern), Middle East, and Africa

How to Apply

  • The application is online. You would have to register on the platform first
  • Create your team (1 to 3 people)
  • Develop an innovative technical project that utilizes Microsoft Azure

Deadline: Finalize and submit your team entry before 02:59:59 GMT+0 on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, for your chance to participate in the worldwide finals.


Click here for more details and to apply

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