Nat1Students in Qatar to compete globally, applying innovation in technology to address world challenges

Platinum sponsor of the forthcoming Microsoft Imagine Cup Qatar 2013; Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO) entered into an agreement to support youth competing in the Qatar round of the world’s premier student technology challenge. QAPCO’s support for the competition is based on the organisation’s strong belief in the power of technology, innovation and the ability of Qatar’s youth to create and compete on a global level.

IMG_4585BOver the past 10 years, more than 1.65 million students from more than 190 countries have participated in the Imagine Cup. The Imagine Cup competition encourages young people – above the age of 16 – to apply their imagination, their passion and creativity to technology innovations that can make a difference in the world today. Through this sponsorship, QAPCO will assist in the development and encouragement of young individuals to creatively search for solutions to the toughest problems affecting the world.

Four teams will be selected to compete in the local finals and the winning team will represent Qatar in the Imagine Cup worldwide finals, which will be held in St. Petersburg, Russia in July 2013.  World Finalists will also have the chance to apply for Microsoft Imagine Cup Grants to take their projects to the next level and be one of a select group of teams to receive a comprehensive grant of cash, software and invaluable connections. This is part of a three million dollar investment over three years by Microsoft to help students turn their ideas into reality.

Imagine Cup 2013 is comprised of three competition categories:

Games: This category invites students to create a game based on their favourite gaming platform: Windows (PC or touchscreen), Windows Phone, Xbox Indie Games, or Kinectfor Xbox.

Innovation: This category honours the most innovative, ground-breaking, and appealing software application built with Microsoft tools and technology.

World Citizenship: Honours the software application developed on Microsoft platforms with the greatest potential to make a positive impact on humanity. Such projects may address education, social or healthcare-related problems.

Earlier this month ‘Imagine Cup Qatar’ was launched in Qatar University, Carnegie Mellon University Qatar, College of the North Atlantic-Qatar, and Texas A&M University at Qatar. Students from these universities have already registered in the competition and are working hard to develop sophisticated projects to solve the toughest problems facing the world. Registration will be open until the end of January 2013 and to date over 400 students have signed up to participate.

Students who are interested to participate may sign up for Imagine Cup 2013 on the website