Imagine Cup 2015 Kicks Off With Code Hunt
Written by Sue Gee   
Thursday, 18 September 2014

The Imagine Cup 2015 season is officially underway and the first of a series of new online coding contests takes place on September 20th.

The Imagine Cup Code Hunt Challenge, is a competition for students aged 16 and over around the world that is intended to help you build programming skills while you hack your way to cash prizes.  It is scheduled Code Hunt to take place on the third weekend of every month from September 2014 to April 2015 with a 48-hour window in which to solve quick coding puzzles. The student who scores the highest each month receives a $1,000 prize and every student who competes will be entered into the $5,000 grand prize sweepstakes at the end of the season.




If the logo looks familiar this is because you may have seen it before. Last May we reported on Code Hunt - a new coding game from Microsoft Research. The new contest is an extension that builds on this - and the original Code Hunt site is a great way to prepare for the monthly contests. And as it is open to all you don't need to be eligible for the Imagine Cup to play.

Apart from this addition, which is for individuals, the format of the Imagine Cup for 2015 seems to include the same competitions as last year.

The lineup of team competitions include the "big-three" competitions for which online submissions need to be made by March 15th, 2015:


In the post announcing the 2015 competitions Kristen Hamilton writes:

Throughout the year leading up to the competition, we’ll hold Software Development Lifecycle Challenges, a series of online contests tailored to each of the three themes – Games, Innovation and World Citizenship. These will help you build your idea even if you don’t participate in the big Imagine Cup competition.

The first of these is Pitch Video Challenge with a deadline of October 29th, 2014 in which student teams have to share their idea with a 3-minute video. Next comes the Project Blueprint Challenge for which submissions close on December 3rd, 2014 where the task is to create a 5 to 10 page project proposal. For the third and final life-cycle User Experience Challenge, deadline January 7, 2015 user experience documents for the project are required.

In each of these challenges, the first place teams will win $3,000. And all the winning teams (10 per category) will receive feedback from professionals that will help them refine ideas.



The Imagine Cup seems to have a lot to offer students and the community. Projects that have emerged from the competition have been cutting edge and worthwhile. And winners of the main prizes have had the opportunity to take their projects further and fast track into careers as technology entrepreneurs.

More Information

Imagine Cup 2015

2015 Code Hunt Challenge

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