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The Imagine Cup World Citizenship Competition

Deadline: 15 March 2013
Open to: Pakistani students at least 16 years of age.
Prize: 1st Place: $50,000; 2nd Place: $10,000; 3rd Place: $5,000 (USD)


If your goal is to make the world a better place through technology, this is the competition for you. The Imagine Cup World Citizenship Competition recognizes software apps that have the greatest potential to improve the world we live in. Is there a global issue that speaks to you? Follow your heart and dream a better world!

The key to success in the World Citizenship Competition is impact. What global challenge can you help solve with technology? Got an idea for an app that will help reduce world hunger, provide better treatment for disease, raise awareness of environmental issues, or provide better access to education?

You have the knowledge, passion, and the drive to make a difference. So step up to the challenge of leading global change and make it happen! You can make the world a better place, one solution at a time.

Worldwide Finals Prizes

  • 1st Place: $50,000 (USD)
  • 2nd Place: $10,000 (USD)
  • 3rd Place: $5,000 (USD)

And a free trip to St. Petersburg for all finalist teams & mentors!

Teams and Mentors

Up to four eligible students may submit a single entry as a team. It is recommended that each team (or individual if competing alone) enlist the services of a mentor. Mentors may be from academic institutions, not-for-profit organizations or private companies.

Team members may come from different academic institutions and from different countries. Each team is allowed only one mentor. Each competitor may belong to multiple teams, but not within a single Competition or Challenge. (So for example, a given competitor could be on a Games team, an Innovation team, and a Windows 8 App team, but could not be on three Games teams.)

Teams are locked at the close of submissions on April 15, 2013, and no further changes to team membership and mentors can be made after that date. To register, one of the team members creates a new team and invites the remaining team members (and mentor) to join. The remaining team members must accept the invitations during the designated sign up period to be recognized as qualified members of the team. As part of the registration process, each team must choose a country/region which it will represent. At least one member of the team must be a legal resident of the country the team is representing.

If your Team is invited to participate in the Worldwide Finals, the organizers will provide travel and accommodations for each registered member, and your Team must send at least one member to compete at the Worldwide Finals. If your Team is unable to send at least one member for any reason, then we may disqualify your entire Team and invite the next highest scoring Team to participate.


  • You are at least 16 years of age as of August 30 2012 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 1 January 2012 and 31 May 2013; and 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, or Syria.
  • You are not an employee or intern of Microsoft Corporation, or an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary.


The deadline to register your team is 15 March 2013. To participate in Imagine Cup 2013, you must first register HERE. You can register by clicking the button “Get Started” available on most pages at the website. Once you have registered you can sign up for the Competition(s) or Challenge(s) that you would like to compete in and start building your team.

For more information, consult the official rules of the Imagine Cup 2013 HERE, and the official rules for the World Citizenship Competition HERE. You may also see the official website HERE.


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