US Imagine Cup 2015 Kicks off! Check it out!

This year you can choose when you want to compete. The 2015 US Imagine Cup Competition offers two opportunities to compete - one starting now and with the first deadline in November (Fall Competition) and one starting in November and with the first deadline in January (Spring Competition). Choose the competition season that best fits your schedule - or compete in both.


That’s right! You now have more than one chance of making it to the US and World Finals. If you compete in the Fall Competition but are not selected to advance either to Round 2 or Round 3 you can submit again for the Spring Competition.

Three competition categories

The US Imagine Cup offers the following competition categories: Games, Innovation, and World Citizenship. Click on each to see the detailed rules and regulations.

Three competition rounds

Round 1 (Qualifying): Submit either a one-page vision document or 3-minute video explaining your project idea and how you want to implement this.

Round 2 (US Semifinals): Submit project proposal, software, and software instructions.

Round 3 (US Finals): If you are one of the teams who advance to Round 3 you will be invited to the 2015 US Imagine Cup Finals event in San Francisco where you will present your project live to a panel of judges.

Important dates

Fall Competition

Round 1
Opens: Now!

Submit by: November 10, 2014

Round 2
Opens: November, 11, 2014

Submit by: January 6, 2014

Spring Competition

Round 1
Opens: November, 17, 2014

Submit by: January 26, 2015

Round 2
Opens: January 27, 2015

Submit by: March 24, 2014

Round Advancement

All teams who submit the required entry material are advanced to Round 2.

Round 2 of the Fall and Spring Competitions will each result in the selection of six teams (two from each competition category) who will advance to Round 3 - the US Finals. A total of twelve teams (four from each competition category) will be advanced to Round 3.


Teams who advance to Round 2 win a trip to the US Imagine Cup Finals event in San Francisco in April.

First place winnings teams (one per competition category) will receive $4,000 USD and advance to the Imagine Cup World Semi-Finals for a chance to compete in the World Finals and win $50,000 USD.

Learn more

Read the FAQs and if you have questions email us at

Get Started!

STEP 1: Register at
STEP 2: Sign up for your favorite competition - or compete in all three!
STEP 3: Create a team and invite up to three of your brightest friends
STEP 4: Submit your R1 entry by Nov 10, 2014

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