On April 14, 2012 in Digital October in Moscow, the Russian Imagine Cup finals will take place: 9 performances of the best student teams from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Irkutsk, Chelyabinsk, Saratov, and the online semi-finals winners. The winner-team will represent Russia at the international finals in Australia.
The jury will include representatives of the Russian Venture Company, the Skolkovo Fund and OpUS, Nokia, ABBYY, Intel companies, Askcup.ru investment project, PiratePay startup and other industry experts.
During the event, the projects of the regional semifinals’ winners will be presented at the special interactive zone. There will be a live demonstration of the participants’ innovative ideas: the use of Kinect sensor to help blind and partially sighted people, and unique solutions for pregnant women and young mothers, people caught in difficult life situations. The guys will offer to play a socially useful game, and even present a robot for demining fields!
More than 400 students rooting for the team will be able to learn developing the Windows 8 application and Kinect for Windows during the BootCamps, will take part in the master classes on technological entrepreneurship, innovation projects and the creating the start-ups, ask questions to the Microsoft HR service on the possibilities to be hired by the Microsoft and other high-tech companies, to take part in contests for the audience and take with them valuable prizes.
Also, all participants will be able to take part in the best teams selection in the Audience Choice Award, to support university teams (Saint Petersburg State Polytechnical University, ISU, MIEM-IIA, SGGU, South Ural State University) and the teams they liked.
Imagine Cup is the world's largest international technology competition for students. The semi-final winner-team gets the right to compete with the best student teams in the Russian final. The category of Software Projects can be called the most prestigious Imagine Cup competition. The software projects teams include from 1 to 4 undergraduate and graduate students. Participants are encouraged to develop prototype software applications and services using the Microsoft tools and technologies.