Imagine Cup Winners

Microsoft announced the winners of the 2011 Imagine Cup at the David H. Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center in New York City. Activist, philanthropist, and actor Eva Longoria, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and FIRST Robotics founder Dean Kamen keynoted at the event, celebrating students who have invented technology solutions that address the world’s toughest problems.

Members of Team Hermes from Ireland react upon learning they had won first place in the premier Software Design category of the Imagine Cup 2011 Worldwide Finals in New York City on July 13.

The global Imagine Cup competition challenges students from around the world to use technology to solve global humanitarian problems. Starting from a field of more than 350,000 students, Microsoft selected 424 finalists from around the world to travel to New York City, July 8-13, for the weeklong competition. This year’s winners have tackled problems such as improving road and fire safety, eradicating poverty, and creating a more sustainable environment.

The company also unveiled plans to launch a three-year, $3 million competitive grant program to help Imagine Cup participants realize their vision of solving the world’s toughest problems.

To see the full list of winners, visit