The premier competition allows student developers to use their creativity and passion to solve real world problems and turn their ideas into reality, said a statement from the IT major.
This year's India leg, according to the statement, also underscored the rising interest for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and related technologies like Cognitive Services and Chatbots among Indian students.
"60 percent of the entries received from the participants were solutions powered by AI," it said.
"Imagine Cup is a true reflection of how the youth with their entrepreneurial capabilities are taking a lead in building solutions for real life challenges. Microsoft is helping them with right tools and skill sets to be able to pursue their passion of becoming successful entrepreneurs," said Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India.
This year's Imagine Cup, according to Microsoft India, also witnessed an increased participation from girl students, elevating the diversity ratio of the contest to 64 percent.
There was also a 29 percent increase in accessibility related projects. With an outreach to key 50+ campuses from 10+ states like Rajasthan, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, etc Imagine Camps have impacted 10,000+ students across India.
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