[Techtaffy Newsdesk]

More than 350 young technologists from 75 countries and regions have gathered in Sydney this week to participate in the Imagine Cup 2012 Worldwide Finals, the 10th running of the technology competition sponsored by Microsoft. 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.

More than 1.65 million students have participated in the first decade of Microsoft’s annual technology competition.