Microsoft's Imagine Cup is one of the world's largest software development competitions aimed at students, TechCrunch reports. Since its launch 11 years ago, more than 1.7 million students have participated in it in some form and this year, there are $1 million in prizes up for grabs. In an effort to make the competition closer aligned to what students need to know to get jobs later on (or start their own companies), the company today announced a number to the competition. Until now, for example, the competition's national finals were the only stepping stone to the global finals. A country's...

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