Both awardees earn USD8,000 and a coveted spot in the Imagine Cup World Championship; to compete for USD100,000 and a mentoring session with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.
Microsoft today awarded teams Deeptector and Tremor Vision from the United States the top prize at the 2020 Microsoft Imagine Cup Americas Regional Finals, after the 10 finalist teams– from Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the United States –virtually presented their inventions to secure a place in the World Championships in May.
The competition is designed to inspire students to use their imagination and passion for technology to create innovative solutions that tackle some of the world’s biggest social, environmental, and health challenges. From sustainability to empowerment and more, technological innovation has the power to make our world a better place, and younger generations are more motivated than ever to help contribute towards positive change.
Deeptector developed Deeptector.oi, a web app that detects DeepFakes using the same Artificial Intelligence methods that generate state-of-the-art DeepFake and that looks to protect journalists and the public from the damage they can cause. While Tremor Vision created Tremor Vision, a web-based tool that enables physicians to detect early onset Parkinson’s and quantitatively track patient progress throughout a prescribed treatment plan. Both teams are receiving a cash prize of USD8,000, Azure credits and a spot at the global Imagine Cup Finals to be held during Microsoft Build 2020. They will compete with winners from Asia and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) for the ultimate trophy along with a cash prize of USD100,000, and mentoring session with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.
“Beyond providing opportunities for a young and highly-skilled group of up and coming technology trailblazers, Microsoft’s Imagine Cup competition offers a unique stage for students to use technology in ways that can potentially make a difference for future generations,” said Jennifer Ritzinger, General Manager, Audience Evangelism, Microsoft. “It gives us great satisfaction to see these talented student teams from across the Americas showcase their passion through innovative solutions that have the potential to create lasting impact in the world.”
Runner-up places were awarded to Pink AI from the United States, Synbiolic from Canada and TuringCerts from the United States, all receiving USD2,500 for their innovative projects. Both the winning and runner-up teams that participated in the regional finals were selected after undergoing various rounds of the competition online or through in-person National Final events organized by Microsoft subsidiaries in countries across the Americas region.
- Team Pink AI developed pinkai.tech, a novel AI powered web platform that predicts if a given microscope biopsy image of breast tissue is cancerous with a groundbreaking accuracy of 99% on four different types of breast cancer.
- Team Synbiolic created Synbiolic, an AI-powered end-to-end rational drug design platform with a mission of making medicine more accessible, worldwide.
- Team TuringCerts developed TuringCerts, which redefines traditional educational certificates and enables unified and sustainable records tracking for the educational industry with W3C DID, the decentralized identity.
The competition’s online judging panel included executives from Microsoft, as well as industry leaders. The teams were evaluated on innovation and whether each solution presented was comprehensive and marketable. The judges included:
- Danielle Monteiro, CEO, WDB Consulting (Regional Director)
- Sage Franch, Co-Founder and CEO, Crescendo D&I
- Jennifer Ritzinger, General Manager, Audience Evangelism, Microsoft
- Samantha Villareal Torres, Founder and CEO, SWORKNET
- Margaret Price, Principal Design Strategist, Microsoft
Initiatives like Microsoft Imagine Cup help encourage the brightest and best students to develop world‐changing technology projects by unlocking their creativity with guidance, knowledge, and resources.
Held annually since 2003, Microsoft Imagine Cup is the world’s premier student technology competition, affectionately known by participants as the “Olympics of student technology competitions.” For more information about Imagine Cup, please visit here.