The journey to the 2019 Imagine Cup World Championship kicked off this week with the announcement of the Asia Regional Finalists! Hundreds of teams from 17 countries submitted projects for the chance to move forward to the Asia Regional Finals, and 12 were selected to advance. These teams will compete for over USD20,000 in prizes in Sydney, Australia on February 12 and for a spot in the 2019 Imagine Cup World Championship this May!
Imagine Cup is all about innovation today to create technology solutions for tomorrow. With over 2 million past competitors, participants consistently push the bounds of what’s possible and inspire us with their projects. Students this year were challenged to develop an original idea in teams of up to three and submit a project proposal and video pitch for the preliminary round of judging.
We are excited to introduce the 12 teams from the Asia Semifinals who will be moving forward to the Asia Regional Finals!
Rail Component Inspection Robot: Rail Component Inspection Robot (AI+IoT) operates through automatic positioning, and identifies various defects through multi-sensor fusion in order to realize the replacement of workers in a rail inspection project.
Spot – AR Based Product Filtering: Spot allows you to recognise packaged foods and check if it contains a certain ingredient or exhibits a certain character. If a tourist visits India, he is unaware of what he can eat because packets have information written in a foreign language.
Caeli - Breathe Freely: Caeli is a smart automated Anti-Pollution and Drug delivery mask specifically designed for Asthmatic and Chronic Respiratory Patients. Caeli implements breakthrough features to improve the quality of life for respiratory patients living in polluted areas.
RVSAFE: Disasters often strike, when we are least prepared to face them. They leave behind a trail of destruction, adversely affecting human life, and property. The loss caused by disasters can be significantly reduced with better communication and proper management. Keeping this in mind, we designed RVSAFE, a one stop solution for effectively handling any kind of disasters (natural or man-made).
Sellution - social media: Sellution is a software as a service (SaaS) to help SMEs to perform social media marketing, not just in an easy way, but is also effective and efficient. Sellution's main features are optimizing marketing content, help finding the right audience, and recommendations.
FishingPhishing: This is a phone application using Machine Learning to analyze call voices in real-time to detect scams and warn the users.
Smart Urban Farming with Automated Environmental Controlled System: SUFECS was developed to transform the farming experiences of urban farmer. With SUFECS, farmers can monitor and control the artificial environment to achieve the most suitable environment for crops.
LookUP: It is estimated one in five people in the world are dyslexic. However, most QnA platforms are completely text-based. LookUP is a medium in which the dyslexic and non-dyslexic communities can effectively collaborate and learn from one another.
Aqua Check - Water Contamination Mobile Application: Aqua Check utilizes Microsoft Azure’s Custom Vision to empower anyone to analyze for contamination by taking a photo of a water sample through a microscope. Using Azure Web and Azure Maps, we are able to map the contamination locations.
Mobile Augmented Reality Navigation Application for Wheelchair Users: This project aims to develop a mobile application, InclusiveAR, to assist wheelchair users in travelling. InclusiveAR will map out wheelchair-accessible routes and provide visual guidance to direct wheelchair users to their destinations using AR.
The Straw Hats
Mind Probe: Our project aims to help people with disabilities like ALS, DMD, etc. which impair their ability to communicate. We tap into their brain waves and use that to predict the number they are thinking and use that information to interface with a smartphone.
Maker Playground: Maker Playground is a next-generation IDE for IoT project development from developing device firmware, generating circuit diagram, programing your device, and designing an IoT dashboard all in one software.
Congratulations to our finalists! Follow their competition journey as they head to Sydney, Australia in February to compete in Imagine Cup at Microsoft Ignite | The Tour! Students will have the opportunity to connect with the tech community, get hands-on with interactive training, and learn about the latest in developer tools and cloud technologies at an event dedicated to continuous learning. Teams will also showcase their project onstage for a chance to advance in the competition and a shot at USD100,000 in the World Championship!
Do you have a tech idea you want to share with the world? Imagine Cup Asia submissions are now closed but EMEA regional submissions are open until January 15 and Americas regional submissions are open till March 1! Register now for a chance to join student teams from across the globe to make an impact with technology.