This week end, at the Imagine Cup 2012 Worldwide Finals in Sydney, Australia open with -- more than 350 young technologists from 75 countries and regions participating.
The whirlwind event begins Friday, the judges will announce finalists on Sunday, and overall winners will be announced Tuesday.
Imagine Cup has three core categories of competition - Software Design, Game Design: Xbox/Windows and Game Design: Phone.
"This year, the Imagine Cup also has five online technology challenges (challenge areas may change each year) in Windows Azure, Windows Phone sponsored by Nokia, Windows Metro Style Apps sponsored by Windows, Kinect Fun Labs sponsored by Microsoft Studios, and IT Challenge," Microsoft said.
In the Software Design competition, one finalist team BoddyMusic from Argentina - "created a classroom application for Kinect for Xbox 360 to allow people with disabilities to learn about music and even play various instruments using body movements."
"Team CatchCake from Serbia created a program to assist blind and visually impaired people in their travels by using radar to alert them of objects in their way. Team Symbiosis of Greece created software to provide augmented reality therapy for Alzheimer's patients."
In the Game Design Xbox/Windows competition, Team Radiant from Iceland created "Robert's Quest," in which an environmentally conscious squirrel helps society get back in touch with nature.
Finalists in the Game Design Phone competition, Team Drexel Dragons from the United States, created a game called "MathDash" to reinforce the mathematics skills of elementary school students.