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:
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.
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.
AccuTrack: Our project is an IoT device for tracking and improving the ergonomic efficiency of blue-collar workers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Regional Finalists selected
Regional Final in Redmond, USA
World Championship in Seattle, USA
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.
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.
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.
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.
Watch the 2018 World Championship
Get inspiration from the 2018 competition and see what the Americas Regional Final winner will experience as they compete for the 2019 Imagine Cup.