Imagine Cup Grants – supporting social innovation by young entrepreneurs

Today at the Social Innovation Summit students from Germany, Australia, Egypt, Uganda and Ukraine are taking the next step in bringing their smart ideas for addressing real social issues to market. They are winners of the second annual Imagine Cup Grants, a three-year, $3 million competitive grant program that is part of our YouthSpark initiative…


Students are creating opportunities for all of us

By Lori Harnick, General Manager, Citizenship & Public Affairs, Microsoft At just 26 years old, Wilson To has a plan to defeat malaria. And he’ll do it with a Windows Phone. It’s an unlikely device for such a feat but it can be done. A student at University of California Davis, To is the team…


Meet the Imagine Cup students turned social entrepreneurs

This week Dominik Tomicevic from Croatia, Jason Mitsuyuki Wakizaka from the United States, Francisco Perez from Ecuador, and Mohammad Lu’ay Alazzam from Jordan were playing with the very latest Microsoft technology – in this case our new Microsoft Surface – in Davos, the Swiss village that hosts the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting. They were…


Announcing the Imagine Cup social entrepreneurs short list

Today we’re announcing the 15 teams that have made the shortlist for the inaugural Imagine Cup grants program. The program, which is a three-year, $3 million competitive grant program, aims to help Imagine Cup participants take their projects to market as the next step in solving the world’s toughest problems. This initiative builds on the…


Supporting social innovation that addresses the world’s toughest problems

By Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Microsoft Every year at the Imagine Cup, over 300,000 students from around the world come together to solve some of the world’s toughest problems using technology. The array of issues being addressed at the Imagine Cup each year is incredible, from helping students with visual impairments,…