are future innovators, entrepreneurs, technical decision-makers, and influencers who play a key role in determining Microsoft's
platform relevancy today and into the future. Passionate
and enabled Student Developers
inside a school system have the ability to influence and excite other Students
technologies by the thousands. Students
can create demand to fuel the education ecosystem with Microsoft
energy, which drives applications, devices and services adoption, making them integral to Microsoft's
transformation to a productivity, mobile, and cloud leader in the market place. To secure a role in the next set of technology trends, it is imperative that Microsoft
participate in the student developer ecosystem as students create and adopt the next wave of "big things".
The DX Student Developer Team
is seeking a top talent to drive the Imagine Cup
competition strategy. This strategic global role will be responsible for driving the Imagine Cup's
program model for empowering top student developers to acquire the tools they need, the skills and education to compete in a mobile first, cloud first world, plus enthusiasm and affinity for the Microsoft
Our mission is to drive preference for Microsoft
technologies, supported by the right skills with STEM-D
students. We are fighting for mindshare amidst a sea of devices, programs, platforms and services; it's a highly dynamic and competitive marketspace. The successful candidate will devise and deliver an Imagine Cup
competition evangelism strategy that thoughtfully moves us towards clearly outlined goals and success metrics by assessing and evaluating key research, building cross-Microsoft
partnership opportunities, and deeply understanding our threats, opportunities and constraints for the next 3-5 years.
to day this role will drive the year-round competition strategy for Imagine Cup
, this includes:
on rules and regulations for executing global contests
, PR, and an overall editorial calendar so the competition aligns to the broader Student Developer
a budget for content development, contest operations, and prize fulfillment
extensively with 70+ partners in our subsidiaries around the world to help them execute on Imagine Cup
at the local level
the rubric for interesting games and contests that makes Imagine Cup
the most prestigious student technology competition in the world
the business requirements for ongoing development of the Imagine Cup
website and competition platform. This includes managing the developer backlog, writing up requirements, and meeting regularly with our small development team to plan sprints, solve problems, and make decisions.
directly with students on social media and by email to answer questions and generate interest.
to produce messaging and value prop frameworks for all competitions that conveys the alignment to the DX scorecard and mission
competitors and their student competition and evangelism strategy, and then creates and executes competitive plans and response strategies
demonstrate plans with sustainable differentiators, and contingency tactics for competitive scenarios.
o You must have an open-minded approach to strategic business planning and display the ability to challenge convention. The ideal candidate will be forward thinking and have the analytical ability to articulate a strategic vision and then deliver against it.
o The candidate must have a passion for encouraging young technologists, and a strong understanding of our products targeted at this demographic including Visual Studio
, and Project Spark
knowledge of software development platforms, languages, middleware, and tools is also required, although you do not need to actually be a software developer. You should, however, have an understanding of how a software project is conceived, designed, built, deployed, and supported so that you can speak with authority to our student developer audience.
o You will also need a proven track record for working with large numbers of international partners and will demonstrate the ability to influence and gain credibility with global field leaders and their teams - to drive new behaviors, strategies and impact.
o The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 5 years in the technology marketing space as well as experience working with software developers. MBA
preferred. A background marketing within the STEM-D
higher education space and/or a STEM-D
degree is a plus.
is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected status.
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