Imagine Cup 2018 Winners

We brought the 49 teams from all over the world for the 2018 Imagine Cup World Finals in Seattle. These were the best of the best, selected from tens of thousands of students, and their projects are amazing. Check out the winning teams and their projects below.

Watch the 2018 World Championship

World Championship

In 2018, three teams competed live in a championship event judged by three VIP judges. The judges would choose which of the three would be the winner of the Imagine Cup and take home the trophy.

First Place: smartARM from Canada

smartARM created a robotic hand prosthetic, using Microsoft Azure Computer Vision, Machine Learning and Cloud Storage, that uses a camera embedded in its palm to recognize objects and calculate the most appropriate grip for an object. Based on machine learning, the more the model is used, the more accurate it becomes.

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Second Place: iCry2Talk from Greece

Team iCry2Talk of Greece earned second place with a low-cost and non-invasive intelligent interface between infant and parent that translates in real time the baby’s cry, and associates it with a specific physiological and psychological state, depicting the result in a text, image and voice message

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Third Place: Mediated Ear from Japan

Third place went to Team Mediated Ear of Japan for its project, Mediated Ear, software for hearing-impaired individuals to focus on a specific speaker among a multitude of conversations. Mediated Ear can relay specific sounds in audio waveforms through deep learning.

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Imagine Cup Awards

This year, we’ve added special Imagine Cup awards of $15,000 for three key areas of digital transformation: AI, big data and mixed reality

A photo of team SochWare

AI Award Winner



SochWare won the AI award for designing a solution to help farmers identify plant diseases, suggest mitigation strategies, connect with experts and get updated with recent agriculture findings.

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Group photo of team Drugsafe

Big Data Award Winner



Drugsafe won the big data award for their solution to validate genuine drugs and decrease illness from counterfeit substances.

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Group photo of team Pengram

Mixed Reality Award Winner


United States

Pengram won the mixed reality award for allowing engineers from around the world to be holographically “teleported” into a workspace when needed.

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