From intelligent crop growth to mixed reality: U.S. Imagine Cup finalists create winning apps

 |   Deborah Bach

The U.S. Imagine Cup Finals were held in Seattle this week, with 12 student finalist teams competing during the three-day event to win up to $6,000 and the chance to advance to this summer’s finals.

The first-place winner was Team Farmalytics from Stanford University and the University of California San Diego. The team used field sensors that measure parameters vital for crop growth to provide intelligent analysis and actionable information in several languages to farmers through a web and mobile app.

Other winning teams created apps ranging from a mixed-reality tool that uses HoloLens and Azure to improve order picking in warehouses to an immersive-language app that helps people learn foreign languages by connecting them with native speakers. The six winning teams will advance to the Imagine Cup World Finals this summer, where they will represent the United States for a chance to win the trophy and a $100,000 grand prize.

The Imagine Cup is Microsoft’s global student tech competition, which challenges the next generation of computer science students to create applications that shape how we live, work and play. Each year, high school and university students from around the world compete for cash, travel and other prizes.

Watch key moments from the U.S. Imagine Cup Finals online on Thursday, April 27 at 10 a.m. PT.

Head over to the Microsoft Imagine blog to learn more about the finalists.

Deborah Bach
Microsoft News Center Staff