2019 Imagine Cup: Americas Regional Final

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1st Place
EasyGlucose, USA
2nd Place
SpeakEasy, USA
3rd Place
Smart Eyes, Canada

Americas Regional Finalists

One idea starts the journey. The twelve finalists from the Imagine Cup Americas Regional Semifinals brought their most original technology solutions forward and are now one step closer to winning the grand prize of USD100,000. Get to know the teams who will be pitching their ground-breaking projects in Redmond, WA in May:

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Easy 2 Pet - Share Love, Sow Life: Easy 2 Pet is an IoT project—through the partnership of socially responsible companies—to feed street animals using a system of Convolutional Neural Network and Azure Storage Services.

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Speex: Our project helps the user improve their presentation through mixed reality. The user can empower themselves, while acquiring experience and confidence in speaking to their audience.

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AccuTrack: Our project is an IoT device for tracking and improving the ergonomic efficiency of blue-collar workers.

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nekoTap: nekoTap is an easy-to-use solution to help patients better engage their medication therapy. Pharmacists can record counselling sessions and attach them to the prescription bottles through NFC tags. At home, patients can review the recordings.

Group photo of Team SafeTrip



SafeTrip: SafeTrip is a reactive car-accident app to track the eyes of a driver and monitor if they are impaired. It will alert first responders of their exact location if they are deemed inattentive.

A screen capture from Team Smart Eyes presentation

Smart Eyes


Smart Eyes: Smart Eyes is a mobile application. It uses video processing and object detection to inform a visually impaired user of their surroundings through audio feedback.

A screen capture from Team EasyGlucose's presentation


United States

EasyGlucose: EasyGlucose is a low-cost, non-invasive, and painless blood glucose level monitor for diabetics. It uses deep learning and smartphone-based ophthalmic imaging.

A screen capture from EcoSort's presentation


United States

EcoSort: EcoSort is a smart waste-disposal container. Our hardware uses Microsoft cloud tools to predict the type of item disposed of into the bin and sorts the item. The first prototype was implemented at HackHarvard 2018.

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United States

Packop: Packop was developed for solving package theft issues. Packop is a service to not only monitors suspicious activities outside the home, but actively engage in situations by detecting and recognizing people and packages.

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Solar fund

United States

Solar Fund: Built on blockchain and IoT, our project showcases a new and innovative financial model. Built from the ground up for financing rooftop solar power projects, it not only makes the investment in solar projects more viable, but also more flexible.

Group photo of Team SpeakEasy


United States

SpeakEasy: SpeakEasy is an intelligent and personalized public speaking trainer. SpeakEasy takes advantage of speech and gesture recognition to provide detailed feedback on the user's presentation skills.

A screen capture of Team Vocapture's presentation


United States

Vocapture: We have developed a mobile application to enable users to identify the objects around them. Users can then practice their foreign language skills with handwriting recognition.

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Regional Final Prizes

The twelve Americas Regional Finalist teams will travel to Redmond, WA and compete for the following prizes:

  • First place: USD15,000 and a spot in the World Championship
  • Second place: USD5,000
  • Third place: USD1,000

World Championship Prizing

First place teams from the Regional Final will advance to the World Championship and compete for the grand prize of USD100,000 + Azure Grant.

Important Dates

April 1
Regional Finalists selected

May 3
Regional Final in Redmond, USA

May 6
World Championship in Seattle, USA


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Donovan Brown
Principal Cloud Advocate, Microsoft

Donovan Brown is the Principal DevOps Manager of the League. The League is a team of Cloud Developer Advocates, focusing on Azure and DevOps. Before joining Microsoft, Donovan spent seven years as a Process Consultant and a Certified Scrum Master. Donovan has traveled the globe helping companies develop solutions using agile practices in many industries. Donovan is an avid programmer, often finding ways to integrate software into his other hobbies and activities.

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Rebecca Lovell
Director at Create33

Rebecca Lovell is a mission-driven leader with over 20 years of operating and management experience in public and private sectors, within for-profit and non-profit organizations. She is experienced in strategy and program development and implementation, mentorship, and team-building, as well as an accomplished public speaker committed to race and social justice, gender equity, education, and entrepreneurship.

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Paul Maher
GM Industry Experiences, Microsoft

Paul has over 20 years in the IT industry across a variety of technology focused roles. He was asked to return to Microsoft by Scott Guthrie to build a new team in Azure engineering called Industry Experiences. The team is focused on helping industry customers and partners with their move to the cloud. Paul lives with his wife and two children in Seattle and holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Sheffield University.

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Shana Matthews
Program Manager, Microsoft

Shana Matthews is a Program Manager at Microsoft focused on learning content, strategies, and tools for student developers. She strives to make cloud computing intuitive for young programmers through improving products, documentation, and learning resources. Previously, Shana was a software engineer on the Windows Mixed Reality team where she created geospatial APIs for 3rd party developers. Shana holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Iowa State University.

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