KUALA LUMPUR: Microsoft Malaysia is inviting young talented Malaysian students to participate in this year’s Imagine Cup competition.
The annual competition, sponsored by Microsoft, brings together young tech-savvy students from around the globe to solve some of the world’s toughest problems through the use of technology.
According to Microsoft Malaysia, competitions such as the Imagine Cup are instrumental in developing tomorrow’s workforce and help drive national competitiveness.
Azli Jamil, Microsoft Malaysia general manager for local software innovation, said many students are passionate about using their talents to help solve problems.
The competition, he said, serves as a platform for such students to connect and help non-profit organisations and NGOs which are working to counter the various global issues.
Higher Education Department deputy director general Prof Dr Rujhan Mustafa said the Imagine Cup is a highly relevant programme that students should participate in.
“The Imagine Cup is a good outlet for students to enhance their capabilities in terms of their leadership, presentation and soft skills,” he said.
A Malaysian team finished among the Top 6 at the worldwide finals in Poland last year.
“We hope our students will place among the top three countries at the final this year and make our nation proud,” Rujhan said.
Ian Su, Microsoft Malaysia senior technology advisor, said Imagine Cup is a quick way to take what students learn in the classroom and apply it to real-world problems.
“We hope to see students develop cool products and ideas in addition to gaining early exposure to entrepreneurship,” he said. “We would like to encourage as many students to join the contest, regardless of the faculty you are enrolled in.”
The competition goes beyond science and technology, so even students from engineering, business and law faculties can compete.
According to Su, roadshows will be conducted at participating universities to create a greater awareness of the competition.
“To date we have more than 1,250 students who have signed up for the competition, and we expect more in the coming months,” he said.
The final of the Imagine Cup’s local leg will be from May 4 to 6 in Kuching. The world final will be in New York, from July 8 to 13.
Students who want to join the competition, should register at the contest website, imaginecup.com.