Microsoft's 10th annual Imagine Cup was hosted in Sydney this year, and saw teams from all over the world compete in in design competitions.
Able to compete by designing new ideas on Microsoft platforms of various shapes and sizes, the competition saw teams of students utilising Windows Phone, Kinect and more to try and come up with showstopping innovations, with the Ukranian team quadSquad (pictured) finally taking the prize for best software design (the primary category).
Over 350 students from over 75 countries flew to take part in the event, which was opened with a panel lunch at Quay in Sydney harbour on Friday 6th July and closed at the event venue (the Sydney Convention Centre) on the evening of Tuesday 10th July with a closing party.
Pip Marlow, MD of Microsoft Australia, said: "The Microsoft Imagine Cup is truly a global competition that focuses on celebrating the ingenuity of youth, and harnessing the inventive spirit to help make peoples' lives better through the power of technology."
"Sydney was the perfect host city for the 10th anniversary of the Imagein Cup, where we witnessed students making the impossible possible, as they set about tackling some of the world's toughest issues."
There was a specific competition for game design, and a separate category for game design for smartphones, with the total prize pool this year being USD$175'000.
Microsoft also pushed winners further through BizSpark, which aimed to help some of the creators at the event take their ideas into reality by getting them started on the business path.
The 2013 Imagine Cup will be held in St Petersburg, Russia.
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