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April 2017
April 2017

Join us for Microsoft Student Experience Week at U.S. Imagine Cup Finals in Seattle – April 19-20th

April 19, 2017-April 20, 2017

You’re invited to attend the U.S. Imagine Cup Finals by RSVP’ing @ aka.ms/AttendUSIC!* We’ve curated three unique events for you and your classmates to receive networking opportunities, technology inspiration, and community celebration. Also, you’ll get to watch 12 finalist teams compete to win up to $6,000, and the chance to advance to Imagine Cup World Finals where one team will win $100,000!
* Students must be at least 16+ years of age and in the local Seattle area

Seattle-area students, please RSVP at aka.ms/AttendUSIC.
Not local? Get in on the action at imaginecup.com/usa.

February 2017
February 2017

Last chance to register for U.S. Imagine Cup!

December 21, 2016-February 7, 2017

Team up with friends or fellow developers to enter your world-changing software innovations to the U.S. Imagine Cup – a global student technology competition presented by Microsoft. U.S. finalists can win up to $6,000, startup and technology mentorship, and the chance to advance to the Imagine Cup global finals, where one team will be selected to win $100,000 for our 15th Imagine Cup anniversary. Sign up to compete at aka.ms/usicspringqualify17 and learn more about the competition here.*
*Open to students that are 16+ years old and enrolled at a U.S. school or University.

Sign up to compete at aka.ms/USICspringqualify17
For more info, visit imaginecup.com/usa for more info or email icus@microsoft.com

January 2017
January 2017

Let’s put computer science in every high school, starting with YOUR high school.

January 3, 2017

TEALS is a program that helps high schools build and grow sustainable computer science (CS) programs by pairing experienced and trained software engineer professionals with classroom teachers. Teachers from various content backgrounds work in partnership with TEALS volunteers and learn the CS curriculum by team-teaching in their own classrooms. TEALS provides teachers & schools with in-class volunteer support from computer science experts during first period classes and proven curriculum materials especially for high school students. TEALS provides teachers with high-quality professional development, mentoring support, and in-classroom observations during the school year. TEALS is in 25 states and works with hundreds of schools annually.

Get involved. Bring computer science to your high school with TEALS!Go

December 2016
December 2016

Microsoft Virtual Academy Know it. Prove it. Challenge

November 15, 2016-December 14, 2016

The Microsoft Virtual Academy Know it. Prove it. challenge is back to capture the attention of tech enthusiasts worldwide! The month-long challenge caters to developers, data pros, and students, motivating them to further their knowledge on the latest technologies. This campaign is designed to drive awareness with net new audiences, as well as foster engagement amidst our friendly technical audiences. To date, over 100k individuals have participated in a Know it. Prove it. challenge, 44% of which were new to MVA.

This edition of Know it. Prove it. brings an exciting new development, as the campaign now lives directly on MVA and will be piloting the implementation of learning paths and badges!

Whether you’re a Developer, Data Pro, or a Student, you can learn valuable skills quickly and correctly through video tutorials, assessments, and more. Put on your supercape, and uncover your tech powers. Accept the Know it. Prove it. mission, meet the challenge, and earn the badges. This challenge runs from November 15, 2016, through December 14, 2016. Sign up now!Go

November 2016
November 2016

Register now for U.S. Imagine Cup!

November 11, 2016-December 20, 2016

Microsoft's premier student technology competition, Imagine Cup, returns for its 15th year! We’ve doubled the prize, so you have the chance to win up to $100,000, receive start-up and technology mentorship, and compete for the coveted Imagine Cup trophy. Sign up to compete at aka.ms/usicwinterqualify17 and learn more about the competition here.*

*Open to students that are 16+ years old and enrolled at a U.S. school or University.

Sign up to compete at aka.ms/USICwinterqualify17Go
For more info, visit imaginecup.com/usa for more info or email icus@microsoft.com

October 2016
October 2016

Enter Imagine Cup and win $100,000!

October 21, 2016-July 30, 2017

Imagine Cup is a global competition that empowers the next generation of computer science students to team up and use their creativity, passion and knowledge of technology to create applications that shape how we live, work and play. Every year tens of thousands of students from across the globe compete for cash, travel and prizes and for the honor of taking home the Imagine Cup! Be a part of the next high-tech revolution and shape the world of tomorrow today.

Register today.Go