Imagine Cup is an annual competition sponsored and hosted by Microsoft Corporation. Currently on its 12th year, Imagine Cup brings together young technologists worldwide to use their imagination and passion to create a technological solution that breaks new ground and solves tough problems that face the world today. Imagine Cup provides students across all disciplines the opportunity to use their creativity, passion and knowledge of technology to create applications, games, and solutions that can change the way we live, work, and play. More than 1.65 million students from more than 190 countries have participated in Imagine Cup over the past 10 years. To date, over 1,000 young Filipinos have been given the opportunity to transform their ideas into wonderful apps through this prestigious competition.
Microsoft’s partnership with DOST is part of its “Angat. Asenso.Bawat Pilipino” program which aims to align the Company’s goals and objectives with the focus programs of the government. In line with this, Microsoft has identified three areas where the Company can use its innovative devices, services, and programs to create a real difference in the country. These are with the 3Es: Educated People, Entrepreneurial Spirit, and Efficient Government.
Imagine Cup is very much aligned with these 3Es. It harnesses the youth’s talent and skills to help them become globally competitive and future-ready especially in creating amazing apps. It also cultivates entrepreneurial spiritas it trains students to launch their business and market their apps. Finally, these apps can be used by various government agencies in addressing the needs of Filipino citizens today. “Microsoft’s Imagine Cup is vital to promoting the science and technology capability of our student developers in achieving innovations that are geared towards delivering economic and social benefits,” said DOST Undersecretary Louis Casambre. “Morevover, we look forward to more partnerships like this with Microsoft in order to sustain the development of programs that harness the talents and skills of Filipinos in science and technology and at the same time, give them the opportunity to potentially contribute to the economy through entrepreneurship.”