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Microsoft Announces Kickoff to Imagine Cup 2007, World's Premier Student Technology Competition
Global Competition Invites Students To Apply Technology And Artistic Talents To Enable A Better Education For All

More than 65,000 students from 100 countries competed in Microsoft’s Imagine Cup 2006 competition, using their technology skills and talent to address these and many other health issues.

Now in its fifth year, Imagine Cup continues to challenge students around the globe to imagine a better world empowered by technology and created by their talent and innovation. Today Microsoft opened registration for Imagine Cup 2007, extending an invitation to the most talented students from all over the world to embark on the challenge to “Imagine a world where technology enables a better education for all.”

Students will compete in nine categories spanning software design and short film to challenges involving algorithms and programming. Students’ work will reflect valuable, real-world solutions that address the pressing global issue of education while giving them the opportunity to compete for generous cash prizes.

“Imagine Cup, the world’s premiere student technology competition, represents the next generation of technology and business leaders,” said Joe Wilson, director of academic initiatives in the Server and Tools Business Division at Microsoft. “The students’ creativity and passion speaks volumes about the promise of technology to really make a difference in peoples’ everyday lives, in the way we think, and in how we work and communicate. For Microsoft, this is another opportunity for us to highlight the necessity of supporting student talent in science and technology for future progress in industry.”

This year, Microsoft is calling on young programmers, artists and technologists around the world to bring their ideas to life in nine categories, each catering to a different talent:

• Technology solutions:

• Software design. For this category students create functional, dynamic and powerful software solutions using Microsoft tools and technology. Competitors are asked to demonstrate innovation on the Microsoft .NET Framework and Microsoft Windows platform as they conceive, test and build applications that can change the world for the better.

• Embedded development. Devices are becoming smaller and more portable and are having a greater effect on everyday life. Formerly called the Windows Embedded Student ChallengE, this competition challenges students to go beyond the desktop and use their creativity to build a complete hardware and software solution using Windows Embedded CE 6.0 and the hardware provided. Teams of three to four competitors and a faculty mentor will build a working prototype of a device that can help solve real-world problems.

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