Imagine Cup USA Finals


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Whether you're half way around the world, or simply can't get over to the Reactor in San Fransisco this Saturday, we want you to be a part of the US Imagine Cup Finals! Tune in on our Skype broadcast to find out the lastest news on our 12 amazing teams as they compete for the gold! Remember to give us a shout-out on social media with our tags: @MSFTImagine # ImagineCup @MSFTReactor #ReactorSF! We can't wait to see you either in person, or through Instagram, Twitter or Facebook!

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Imagine Cup Schedule




10AM – 3PM 3PM - 6PM 6:30PM - 9PM
Microsoft Reactor Microsoft Reactor Children’s Creativity Museum
Join us for an inspirational opening Keynote and listening to our 12 US Finalists pitch their projects to a panel of judges. Lunch & refreshments will be served We invite the community (you!) to join us for an afternoon of Legos and coding! Students aged 9-16 are will join Microsoft Software engineers and student developers in building some fun robots Join us for the U.S. Imagine Cup awards ceremony where we will announce awards from our afternoon coding session and the U.S. winners. Food, refreshments, music and celebration to follow

Imagine Cup 2018

Announcing the 12 US Finalist Teams




Project Description

Boomerang Johns Hopkins | UC Berkeley Boomerang is a hybrid device and smartphone platform that monitors inhaler location for patients with asthma, notifying them of missing devices. In collaboration with trusted contacts, institutions, and care teams, Boomerang provides peace of mind for patients with asthma.
Fruitful Health UC Davis | UC Los Angeles Fruitful Health is an all in one easy to use mobile-web application that helps our patients achieve their health goals. And how does it work you ask? Well, I am glad you asked We improve adherence by leveraging technology to do the simple, cumbersome, and time consuming tasks doctors don’t have the time to do including data collection, monitoring, and sending reminders to our patients. Fruitful Health also makes digital health fun for our patients using gamification and improves adherence using behavioral economics.
FyveBot Georgia Institute of Technology FyveBot aims to empower people through knowledge by encouraging continued learning. We live in a time where the vast majority of humanity’s knowledge can be found online. FyveBot presents users with the ability to learn new concepts in their downtime.
Loro Harvard University Loro is a platform for providing a smart companion robot that is a connectivity hub for wheelchair users. Loro empowers its users with increased independence and connection by enhancing their vision, communication, and safety
OneHealth St. Johns University | University of Waterloo | Massachusetts Institute of Technology OneHealth is a cryptographically secure means for medical record storage, sharing and analysis, based on the blockchain. By decentralizing medical records, we empower patients by bringing security, reliability and accessibility to the system.
Pengram UC Berkeley Pengram is an AR/VR platform which allows engineers from around the world to be holographically ‘teleported’ into a workspace when needed. For example, if an operator that is repairing a $100,000 medical device needs help, they will be able to wire into our service, and using a Hololens, they will be able to watch an expert on that device perform the repairs in 3D.
Prometheus Arizona State University Fire detection powered by AI: we combined surveillance drone capabilities with concepts of deep learning to create software that detects early-stage wildfires.
SecondConscience University of Illinois Urbana Champaign SecondConscience is software designed to deter cyberbullying in social media. It analyzes a message to determine if it contains bullying sentiment and acts as a second conscience for the bully while providing a line of defense for the victims of cyberbullying.
TechFit Clemson University TechFit makes sure that your prosthetic limb fits your body. Powered by Computer Vision.
Vinculum University of Massachusetts -Amherst | Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute | Northwestern University Vinculum is a multi-platform facial recognition application that aims to reunite separated refugee families. In 2016, approximately 60,000 minors came to the EU unaccompanied, of which 10,000 of these children are missing. Vinculum provides an open and easy access data source for finding missing people. By leveraging facial recognition technology, Vinculum accepts submitted photos of users' missing relatives and checks if their loved ones have appeared in another location; perhaps at another refugee camp or national border checkpoint. The application can be accessed via a web application, a chatbot and SMS. Our open and multi-platform application aims to be simple enough for any one to use to reunite with their loved ones.
VRbal Parsons School of Design | School of Visual Arts | Columbia University Currently, there is no effective way for individuals with social anxiety to practice coping techniques for an upcoming anxiety inducing event in a realistic environment. The most common method for practicing for a job interview or a presentation is by role-playing with a relative, friend, or therapist. The problem with role-playing however is that the person with social anxiety is already comfortable with the individual they role-play with and therefore it is not an accurate representation of the event to be practiced. Through the use of our virtual reality and artificial intelligence hybrid solution, the user can practice for an upcoming social event in the most realistic and personalized way possible.
Zelixa CalPoly - San Luis Obispo | Harvard University Zelixa is a Hololens app and online learning platform designed to help dyslexic kids learn to read. Aiming to tackle the biggest challenges facing efforts at dyslexia therapy, Zelixa is the first app to uniquely combine mixed reality, gamification, and cutting edge scientific research into a tool that is immediately transferable, aimed at improvement, and even fun.

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Final Prizes

How far will your project take you?

The 12 top-ranked teams will receive a trip to participate in the US Finals in San Francisco, CA!

    • USA Finals
    • 1st Prize $10,000 USD

    • 2nd Prize $8,000 USD

    • 3rd Prize $6,000 USD

    • 4th Prize $4,000 USD

    • 5th Prize $2,000 USD

    • 6th Prize $1,000 USD

    • Judges’ Technology Awards
    • Best Use of Mixed Reality

      (HoloLens, Virtual Reality or Augmented Reality)

      $1,000 USD

    • Best Use of Big Data

      (Azure Data + Analytics or IoT)

      $1,000 USD

    • Best Use of Artificial Intelligence

      (Cognitive Services or Azure ML)

      $1,000 USD

Things We Love

How to catch the judge's eyes.

IoT Device

Mixed Reality

Data Analytics



Intuitive Functionally


Can I submit a project from a hackathon? Or from a class project?

YES! Please do and include your devpost link (if applicable).

What do I need in my video?

A screen capture/recording of your project is what we’re looking for, nothing fancy. Just show us how it works.

Does my software have to be completely working?

Nope! Nothing ever completely works, this is computer science. We’re open to your MVP (Minimum Viable Product).

How world changing should my project aim to be?

It should positively impact someone's world. Whether it’s helps you and your friends take collaborative notes or teaches kids how what to compost instead of trash, we’re open to it!

Is there a theme for this year's Imagine Cup?

We have three technology focuses this year: Mixed Reality, Big Data, and Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning.

Can I have TA or graduate students on my team?

Yes, as long as they are actively enrolled students, and your team doesn’t exceed 3 people.

Can I have a professor on my team?

We encourage faculty members to participate as mentors, but the project has to be built by students.

Can I use a project from my Startup?

Yes, as long as you have not received external funding more than $50,000.

Can I link to my github instead of uploading software?

Yes, please put the github link, any private keys, and any software directions in a file (.docx or .txt) and upload that.

Are there Azure credits available for our team?

Please go to and activate your Azure for Students account.

Microsoft Imagine says I'm registered, but I can't find my application.

Go to where you can register your team and submit your project.

My question isn’t answered here, who can I contact?

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