Microsoft Imagine Cup coming home to Seattle this year

  • Posted on July 21, 2014


The following blog post was written by Avanade alum Mahnaz Javid.

I’m very excited that the Microsoft Imagine Cup is “coming home“ to Seattle this year with planned events from July 28 – August 2. The Imagine Cup is the world’s premier student technology competition focused on finding solutions to real-world problems. Since 2003, over 1.65 million students have participated in the Imagine Cup with 358,000 students representing 190 countries and regions registering for the Imagine Cup 2014 competition.

Taking part in the Imagine Cup gives young people a chance to solve tough problems facing the world today through technology, and quite possibly, even turning those ideas into a business. There is also the opportunity to learn new technological skills, be tested against the brightest students around the world, make new friends and win incredible prizes. As my colleague Julian Tomison pointed out in a previous blog post, innovation, collaboration and creativity are the new tenets of technology!

Avanade has been a proud, long-term supporter and sponsor of this competition for many years. Through our involvement, Avanade has hired many brilliant students from all over the world. Avanade employees have also been very active participants in the various competitions. As an example, interns working for Avanade Italy won first prize in the 2013 ndows 8 App competition.

As I mentioned, the 2014 Imagine Cup will be held in my hometown of Seattle, which is also home base for Microsoft and Avanade. We will have several Avanade employees there to support the competition entrants. For the first time, the general public will be able to vote on the People’s Champion Award held at the MOHAI Museum in Seattle on August 2nd. Avanade will be sponsoring this very special award and I’m thrilled that I will be presenting the winners’ trophy which includes a first prize of $2,000 along with bragging rights.

Through my tenure at Microsoft and now Avanade for the past several years, as well as through my work with the non-profit Mona Foundation, I passionately believe that we can all work together to build a better world for all of us including for our children. The Imagine Cup shows how technology can be used to make a better tomorrow and I’m very proud to be personally involved in this extraordinary organization.

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