Kinect Fun Labs Challenge Announcement

Randy Guthrie – Microsoft Academic Developer Evangelist


I am excited to announce a new Imagine Cup challenge based on the Kinect for PC SDK that was recently released.

The Imagine Cup 2012 Kinect Fun Labs Challenge asks students to think about entertainment with a social conscience and brings the Imagine Cup into the living room. It is a unique opportunity for students to develop applications that change the world with the Fun Labs area of Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE. The Imagine Cup Kinect Fun Labs Challenge tests students’ ability to build a prototype which leverages natural user interface (NUI) features such as skeletal tracking, speech recognition, face recognition, and gestures. For this Challenge, we will provide you with state-of-the-art tools to develop Kinect Fun Labs style applications on your PC. And… the top 100 Teams that advance to Round 2 will receive a free Kinect for Windows sensor! Get started building your solution today.

Get your questions ready! Join Kinect Fun Labs Challenge Captain Dan Waters on 14 February at 16:00 or 23:30 GMT via Live Meeting and ask him about competing in the Kinect Fun Labs Challenge. Follow these instructions to join the Live Meeting. The Live Meeting sessions will be recorded and posted on this page under the Helpful Links. Find out what time these meetings take place in your country/region.

Ready to Get Started?

Take a few minutes to read the Kinect Fun Labs Challenge Rules and the Imagine Cup Official Rules and Regulations.

Next: Register and sign up to compete in the Imagine Cup 2012 student technology competition.

Read the Kinect Fun Labs Challenge Rules first but if you want to get started now, take a look below at what is required for Round 1.

Round 1
Create a Team!

It can be a team of one up to four students. All teams are required to complete and submit a Project Plan that describes your team’s gadget, the intent of your gadget, and details of the unique gadget features and how your gadget aligns to the Imagine Cup 2012 Theme - Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems. Round 1 submissions are due by 23:59 PM GMT on 06 March 2012.

Need a Little Inspiration? Not sure which one of the world’s toughest problems you want to solve? You can choose to address a global problem or something in your local community that inspires you. You can find some additional motivation through one of the eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals. While these MDGs are not required to be in your solution, the Imagine Cup offers these ambitious challenges as a guide to help you think about ways to bring about positive social change in your local community or around the world.

Get Connected. Follow the Imagine Cup Blog to gain access to new training and resources to help you with your project, read about past Imagine Cup competitors' successes, and get tips from your Captain.