Protégé 2018

Solve your way into a brilliant career.

What is Protégé?

Protégé is an annual case competition run by Microsoft Australia. The competition offers students an opportunity to gain real world experience, expand their network and tackle a real-world challenge.

Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and organisation on the planet to achieve more. Protégé allows students to engage with Microsoft’s mission with a fresh and creative perspective.

How does it work?


Stage 1

Each team will submit a slide deck with their analysis and proposed strategy by the 9th of April (maximum 20 slides).


Stage 2

The 16 best teams across Australia will be invited to present their strategy to a panel of judges in their nearest Microsoft Office on the 30th of April.


Stage 3

The top 4 teams across Australia will advance to the Protégé Case Crack in late May. In the hackathon, teams will compete by analysing and presenting digital strategies based on a new case study.

Who can enter?

Entry is open to undergraduate university and TAFE students who are currently enrolled in an Australian tertiary institution. Participants must enter in a team of 1-4 people. The competition is available to students of any age, from all faculties.


Why Enter?



Speak and present to members of Microsoft’s Senior Leadership Team, and network with participants across the country.



Make your résumé stand out when you're applying for internship or graduate positions.



Receive mentoring from some of the brightest minds at Microsoft.

Alan Huynh, Technology Strategist Grad 2018

“This experience was a hallmark in my university life and set my career into gear with a great company”

- Alan Huynh, Technology Strategist Grad 2018


You and your friends could have the Ultimate Microsoft Experience. The top four teams will be flown to Sydney for a series of exclusive events. Get an insight into the operations of Microsoft with an office tour, be inspired by our career development workshops, and get energised listening to leaders within Microsoft. It doesn’t end there - each of the winning teams will also receive Microsoft products.


Resources to get you started:

Protégé 2018 Case Study

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Technical Resources Pack

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Terms and Conditions

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