Posted on December 24, 2012

Microsoft Qatar and Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO) today signed an agreement making QAPCO the Platinum sponsor of the forthcoming Microsoft Imagine Cup Qatar 2013. QAPCO entered into this agreement to support youth competing in the Qatar round of the world’s premier student technology challenge.

Over the past ten years, more than 1.65 million students from more than 190 countries have participated in the Imagine Cup. The Imagine Cup competition encourages young people – above the age of 16 – to apply their imagination, their passion and creativity to technology innovations that can make a difference in the world today. Through this sponsorship, QAPCO will assist in the development and encouragement of young individuals to creatively search for solutions to the toughest problems affecting the world.

Four teams will be selected to compete in the local finals and the winning team will represent Qatar in the Imagine Cup worldwide finals which will be held in St. Petersburg, Russia in July 2013.  World Finalists will also have the chance to apply for Microsoft Imagine Cup Grantsto take their projects to the next level and be one of a select group of teams to receive a comprehensive grant of cash, software and invaluable connections. This is part of a three million dollar investment over three years by Microsoft to help students turn their ideas into reality.

Imagine Cup 2013 is comprised of three competition categories:

Games: This category invites students to create a game based on their favorite gaming platform: Windows (PC or touchscreen), Windows Phone, Xbox Indie Games, or Kinectfor Xbox.

Innovation: This category honors the most innovative, ground-breaking, and appealing software application built with Microsoft tools and technology.

World Citizenship:  Honors the software application developed on Microsoft platforms with the greatest potential to make a positive impact on humanity. Such projects may address education, social or healthcare-related problems.

Commenting on the agreement, Naim Yazbeck, Microsoft Qatar Country Manager said, “We are very pleased that QAPCO is supporting this year’s competition in Qatar. Imagine Cup is a platform where students in Qatar can showcase their entrepreneurial approach and knowledge of new technology. Encouraging participation in research is a central aim of the human development pillar of the Qatar National Vision 2030 and Microsoft is pleased to be contributing to the realization of that pillar.”  

QAPCO’s support for the competition is based on the organization’s strong belief in the power of technology, innovation and the ability of Qatar’s youth to create and compete on a global level.

“Imagine Cup is a great initiative for the youth of Qatar and I am very pleased that QAPCO will be collaborating with Microsoft on this event. This competition is a great way to encourage innovation and creativity and I hope that all the teams from our universities and colleges who participate this year will enjoy the event. It will also be an invaluable experience for the students as it will develop and enhance their team collaboration, communication and problem solving skills and will ensure that some true leaders will emerge over the coming months” said Dr. Mohammed Yousef Al Mulla, QAPCO’s Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Earlier this month ‘Imagine Cup Qatar’ was launched in Qatar University, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, College of North Atlantic Qatar, and Texas A&M in Qatar. Students from these universities have already registered in the competition and are working hard to develop sophisticated projects to solve the toughest problems facing the world. Registration will be open until the end of January 2013 and to date over 400 students have signed up to participate. Students who are interested to participate may sign up for Imagine Cup 2013 on the website, http://www.imaginecup.com.

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