The Canadian Finals of Imagine Cup was hosted in Vancouver on Saturday May 26th. The live pitch competition featured a highly competitive field of 6 Canadian Finalists, each delivering an entertaining business pitch and technical demo of their innovative application. Unfortunately, only 3 of the Canadian Finalists could be selected by our panel of expert judges to move on and represent Canada at the Global Finals of Imagine Cup 2018 hosted in Redmond on July 23-25.
At the Global Finals of Imagine Cup 2018, these 3 teams will represent Canada and compete for a chance to take home up to $100,000 USD in cash prizes, Microsoft Azure grants, and a mentorship session with Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft.
1st Place: smartARM
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
University of Toronto
smartARM (Created by Hamayal and Samin) is a 3D printed prosthetic hand for amputees. It makes use of computer vision to identify objects and trigger the most appropriate grip.
2nd Place: Muma, Music Matching AI
University of Toronto
Muma (Created by Irene, Shunzhe, and YiMing) is a music matching service that identifies music usage online to capture more revenue for its customers. Muma aims to improve the music industry for music makers and music listeners alike.
3rd Place: Hachy
University of Waterloo
Hachy (Created by Eugene) is an IoT and Machine Learning solution for tracking egg development. Hachy enables easy and efficient smart egg candling (studying the growth of an embryo via a bright light) for farmers and consumers.
A panel of 5 distinguished judges observed each team’s business pitch and technology demo and selected the Canadian winners based on the concept, technology, innovation, and feasibility of their project.
- Denise Williams, Executive Director, First Nations Technology Council
- Ray Walia, CEO, Launch Ventures
- Angela Byron, Senior Director of Community + Product Development, Acquia
- Sherief Ibrahim, Director, Microsoft Devices Business Group
- Kate Gregory PhD, P. Eng., Partner, Gregory Consulting
About Imagine Cup
Imagine Cup is Microsoft’s global student tech competition that empowers the next generation of computer science students to team up and use their creativity, passion, and knowledge of technology to create applications that shape how we live, work, and play. Every year tens of thousands of high school (16+) and university students from across the globe compete for cash, travel, and prizes, and for the honor of taking home the Imagine Cup! It is an opportunity for each student to break new ground, solve problems facing the world today, and maybe even turn their idea into a business.
If you have any questions, please reach out to our team at ImagineCupCanada@microsoft.com