The Microsoft Imagine Cup Junior is an exciting opportunity for students aged 13-18 years old to learn about technology and how it can be used to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges, while participating in a global student challenge. It’s a great introduction to technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and cybersecurity, and is suitable for all levels, especially beginners.

Registration Procedure For The Microsoft Imagine Cup Junior

Registration for Imagine Cup Junior opened on January 11, 2023. Team Leaders must submit projects on behalf of their student teams before the submission deadline, May 10th 2023.

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Participation in Imagine Cup Junior for students is via a Team Leader (educator, instructor, parent, or guardian – over the age of 18). Team Leaders register on behalf of students and gain access to the Imagine Cup Junior resource pack outlined below to facilitate learning and the challenge. Students work in teams of one (1) to six (6) to develop an original concept addressing Microsoft’s AI for Good Initiatives and complete the Imagine Cup Junior PowerPoint submission template.

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Program Resources

Once registered, Team Leaders can access all the materials needed to educate students and run a great Imagine Cup Junior challenge. These resources include:

  • Beginners Kit – six (6) 45-minute lesson modules. New this year are additional AI lessons in Minecraft: Education Edition as well as an option for students to create a prototype of their concept using Microsoft Azure for Students
  • Deep Learning Modules – 6 sets of in-depth content
  • Team Leader Toolkit – get students excited about participating in Imagine Cup Junior with participation resources including social media templates, certificates, posters, and t-shirt templates
  • Submission template
  • Judging Criteria and Rubric
  • Rules and regulations
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Team Leaders can also access hackathon materials to run a hackathon in their classroom to help further understand best practices for running the program and facilitate additional learning for students.

For more information:

Application Deadline: May 10th, 2023.

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