Students can build their own Web apps in the Apps for Office Challenge

The Apps for Office Challenge gives students who are at least 16 years-old the opportunity to build a Web app that enhances their Microsoft Office experience and compete in the Imagine Cup World Finals.

As the Office 365 technology blog asks, “Ever wished email could do more for you or a calendar appointment could be more dynamic? When you’re writing documents or building spreadsheets, is there something that could help you to present data in a different way or check your document for correct references? If you create a presentation for a class, was there something missing that would have really made it shine?”

Teams of up to four students worldwide can submit short written proposals for their ideas by Jan. 23. The Microsoft Office team will pick the best proposals and then work directly with those teams as they develop their Web apps.

From those shortlisted teams, two teams will win a trip to Seattle in July to compete in the Imagine Cup World Finals. These teams will meet the Microsoft Office experts they’ve been working with and compete on stage for first- and second-place prizes of $5,000 and $3,000. The winners’ apps will be published in the Apps for Office Store.

Student developers can use Apps for Office as a platform to create cloud-hosted Web apps that work inside Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Read more about this competition on the Office 365 technology blog.

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Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff