Every year, in conjunction with the IEEE, Microsoft runs the Imagine Cup, which allows students to win cash prizes for coming up with interesting software and hardware ideas.
On this occasion Microsoft has a Windows Phone 7 category, where the challenge is for teams to create a Windows Phone 7 application in either Silverlight or XNA. The app needs to be designed with the consumer in mind and should be as visually compelling as possible.
Applications will be judged based on originality, consumer appeal and the unique mobile oriented features integrated in to the software. If the app is good enough teams will even be able to sell their software on Marketplace later this year, and each member of the winning team will get a free Windows Phone 7 device.
Award Finalists receive:
- First Prize: $8,000 USD, a trip to the Worldwide Finals in Warsaw, Poland from July 3-8, 2010, and a Windows Phone 7 for each team member.
- Second Prize: $4,000 USD and a Windows Phone 7 for each team member
- Third Prize: $3,000 USD and a Windows Phone 7 for each team member
Registration closes in 2 months on May 24th, so interested readers need to apply ASAP.
Read more at ImagineCup.com here.