There are two parts to Imagine Cup this year. We will have a U.S. Nationals finals. The U.S. Nationals are to select one team total from the three major categories (World Citizenship, Games, and Innovation) to be guaranteed to go to Russia and compete in their category. All teams regardless of desire to compete in the U.S. Nationals or not – must register for the World Wide event. The dates and deliverables for each category can be found at www.imaginecup.com. Essentially, if your team elects to compete in the U.S. Nationals – they increase their odds of being one of the teams going to World and they also get a head start on the competition. The dates associated with the U.S. Nationals are:
1. Students will submit their Imagine Cup applications for World Citizenship, Games, and Innovation between 30 September and 30 November 2012.
2. The short list of U.S. Applications that move on will be announced on 7 December.
3. The short list of U.S. Applications will go through a series of interviews.
4. There will be a product showcase and awards for the U.S. Nationals on March 14th. All teams competing in the U.S. Nationals should also be aware of the upcoming April deadline for all Imagine Cup entries to be completed for consideration of teams being selected to go to World!
The site for Imagine Cup 2013 with the World Wide Finals being held in St. Petersburg, Russia is: www.imaginecup.com. If you or your students are interested in getting updates as they happen you can subscribe to our Imagine Cup blog at: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/imaginecup/rss.aspx. I have attached a mentor and a student brochure. I also have sample checks to use for marketing – these are the first place $50K check formats that you can print out poster size and use to advertise Imagine Cup. I also have two Posters and some Banners – all of which I will get to you either by emailing or putting on Skydrive for you to download.
If you have any questions please contact me and I will be happy to get you answers to your questions. I am excited about the changes to Imagine Cup this year and am looking forward to getting incredible teams from your students!
Bradley K. Jensen, Ph.D.
Principal Academic Relationship Manager