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Tech Trends @ Microsoft Imagine Cup 2017

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After a fantastic #MSBuild2017 Tech Trends is heading back to Seattle for the Imagine Cup

Now in its 15th year, the Microsoft Imagine Cup brings together some of the world’s smartest students to create solutions with the potential for global impact. 54 teams from all around the world will come together at Microsoft’s Redmond HQ to compete now only for a $100,000 prize, but also a $120,000 Azure grant and a mentoring session with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella himself.

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The finals will take place on July 27th and we’ll be covering the stories and projects in more detail then, but in the meantime, meet the teams below!


Tech Trends Imagine Cup Microsoft


Team  Name Country & University Project Name & Description
Nash Argentina

Instituto Tecnologico de Buenos Aires

Nash’s platform RESCUE was developed to reduce the response times in natural disasters. Deploying a network of economic and self-flying drones, the city is explored and analyzed in real time.
SourceLink Australia

University of Melbourne

SourceLink reconnects individuals with the producers of their food, helping them to engage with the people and the stories behind their purchases.
Team Parasitica Bangladesh

Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Team Parasitica’s “fasTnosis” is a medical solution that analyzes a patient’s sputum, blood and stool samples for screening of Tuberculosis, Malaria and Intestinal Infections.
Scrawlless Belarus

Belarusian State University

Scrawlless is a platform that helps kids with cerebral palsy and other problems associated with fine motor skills do their school tasks. Team Scrawlless has also engineered a special virtual keyboard and interactive modules for non-linear counting.
Knowlead Bosnia and Herzegovina

International Burch University

Knowlead is social network learning platform where students are able to acquire and share knowledge. Approach is through peer-to-peer live communication where everyone is a student and teacher.
UpFish Brazil

Universidade Estadual de Campinas

UpFish is an intelligent solution that monitors production of fish in aquaculture systems. Use technology to help produce the most fish as possible in a fish farm.
Bubu Digital Brazil

Federal University of Paraíba

Bubu Digital has invented a smart pacifier that monitors a baby’s health through temperature and humidity sensors in order to help fight infant mortality.
NeuroGate Canada

University of Waterloo

Using Microsoft’s Kinect motion data and machine learning, NeuroGate’s software analyzes gait patterns and diagnose various neurodegenerative diseases.
Karate Manatees Canada

University of Toronto

Team Karate Manatees has developed an online multiplayer team based sports game.
Surgical Assistant China

Xidian University

Surgical Assistant’s software aims to improve issues associated with the practical problems of complex clinical surgery. Surgical Assistant provides a medical image processing platform and VR applications to view 3D models.
X.GLU Czech Republic

Czech Technical University in Prague

The X.GLU project strives to provide novel hardware and software instruments to allow diabetic patients to cope with the disease better.
OverSkill France

Ecole Polytechnique

Research has proven physical exercise stimulates intellectual development yet we have noticed there are currently few ways to develop both brainpower and body fitness at the same time. OverSkill targets seven core abilities and is designed to train the mind and the body simultaneously through the use of mixed reality.
SmartCase Germany

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

SmartCase is an innovative combination consisting of a multi platform application and a hardware component attachable to luggage of all sorts which helps travellers to monitor their belongings and avoid thefts through signal lights.


Team Name Country & University Project Name & Description
koicode Germany

Technical University of Munich

Team koicode focuses on creative code visualization to improve readability and transparency for computer science students.
OsteoMentor Greece

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

OsteoMentor is a project that aims to support people with osteoporosis in order to maintain and improve their life quality, providing a complete solution that utilizes state-of-the-art technologies.
Sense+ Hong Kong

Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Sense+ is a cognitive application that enables the visually impaired to see, explore, notice and search with their ears.
GlovEye Hungary

Budapest University of Technology

GlovEye has engineered tactile feedback gloves for smart devices that the blind and partially sighted people perceive printed text as Braille.
3alchemists India

Medicaps Indore

3alchemists’ application assists and diagnose the patients of Alzheimer and other degenerative diseases and reduce the medical expenses and man-hours.
PocketConfident AI India

IIT Hyderabad

PocketConfidant AI is developing the first virtual coach powered by Artificial Intelligence.
Negative Time India

BITS Pilani

Negative Time’s “Content Holmes” is a one-click AI-based online parenting solution that help you keep your children secure from cyber-bullying and adult content online and monitor their activities.
CIMOL Indonesia

Bandung Institute of Technology

CIMOL’s web based app “Hoax Analyzer” aims to combat the proliferation of “fake news”. Leveraging NLP and ML, the app is capable of identifying if certain contextual information can be categorized as hoaxes or not.
NeuroVoice Japan

University of Tokyo

NeuroVoice converts an input voice into another person’s voice.


Team  Name Country & University Project Name & Description

Tokyo Institute of Technology

TITAMAS has created a smart white cane device for visually impaired.
DocStroke Jordan

Jubilee Institute

DocStroke aims to provide the cheap technique to determine the risks of stroke using ocular image processing and machine learning that any rural medical institution could afford, so they could warn the stroke and prevent it from happening with all of its side effects, including deaths caused by the stroke.
En#l-Guard Korea

Sejong University

En#I-Guard’s windows application “Blinker” is designed to prevent and alleviate Computer Vision Syndrome(CVS). People who use computers for long time are likely to be exposed to CVS such as eye fatigue, blurred vision, dry eye and vision loss.
Bl!nk Lebanon

American University of Beirut

Bl!nk’s project consists of a solution that gives feedback to the user on a rehearsal of a presentation or speech he or she is preparing.
Eranoi Mexico

Universidad Insurgentes, Instituto Tecnológico de Veracruz, Instituto Tecnológico de Culiacán

To help prevent the issues from contaminated water, Eranoi has created ¨Bluedrop¨, a device that monitors the quality of the water using a set of sensors that allows to measure the conductivity, the ORP, temperature, purity level, the water pH, among other important parameters.
e-park Morocco

Institut Supérieur de Génie Appliqué

With e-park, a web and mobile solution – you would be able to see the parking space in real time, know which ones are taken, and which ones are free and head straight there, not only that but you’d also be able to reserve the empty parking space ahead of your arrival, other features include keeping track of your car in the parking lot, and in app parking service payment.
Echo Innovators Nepal

Kantipur Engineering College

Echo Innovators has engineered a wearable device for livestock that monitors health of aninmals and uploads to Azure for analysis and advice to owners.
GroupCram New Zealand

University of Auckland

A web-app that drives critical thinking in students by providing them a platform for collaborative study.
Beta Team Oman

German University of Technology – Oman

Beta Team’s ”Bee” is a app that is connected with beacons technology for retailers, with the aim to understand the context of the world around the app users. Bee’s goal is to enhance customer experience and empower retailers.
Opticode Philippines

Lyceum of the Philippines University-Laguna

Opticode’s Minerva, a virtual assistant mobile application for the visually impaired that taps on the power of the smartphone camera to identify objects in the real world. The user simply points the camera at a box of cereal, for instance, and the assistant will describe it aloud through the phone’s speakers.
Idea hunters Poland

Military University of Technology

Idea_hunters’ Elephant brings the world of IoT to the nursery. The team designed clothing to monitor a baby’s vital functions, like temperature, muscle and respiratory activity, and heart functions.
TaleShip Puerto Rico

Thomas Alva Edison School

Taleship is a platform built with one goal: making writing fun for all. In the app, users have the ability to get together in a room and write a story in real-time, taking turns like a game, each turn contributing a part to the story.
WaCoMo Qatar

Qatar University

WaCoMo provides a complete platform for interactive visualisation of water consumption happening at different outlets on any given property or land. This software will in turn encourage efficient water usage.


Team  Name Country & University Project Name & Description
deTpression Romania

University of Bucharest

deTpression is a device that can not only detect the depression, but also monitor it. It allows the doctor to monitor how the disease evolves for his patients. The patient simply put the device in his room corner, and it will start monitoring and send the results on cloud, where the doctor will access them.
Boremeter Russia

Higher School of Education

Boremeter can determine which parts of the lecture were boring from the video-stream of the audience. It uses it’s own neural network to detect whether a person is listening or not, and can handle videos with quite large number of faces.
UTV Russia

Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology

UTV uses language processing and term extraction to index a stream of scientific papers (which is generated by Microsoft Research online service), and present graphical representation of scientific trends, graphs of co-authors, and topic map.
Evermind Russia

Moscow State University

Evermind’s application can help prevent drunk drivers from operating their vehicles. It uses Face API to extract face landmark features, and then machine learning algorithms on top of it to determine the state of a person via a series of tests (eye movements, reaction time, color perception).
Heart Sound Singapore

Nanyang Polytechnic

Heart Sound’s hardware and application captures continuous monitoring of ECG and heart sound signals.
TeamTitans Sri Lanka

University of Moratuwa

TeamTitans invented a wearable device that helps people with asthma and gamifies the process by assisitng them with breathing control.
Med x Up Taiwan

Taiwan National Tsing Hua University

Med x Up’s technology can detect chronic renal failure (CRF) in its earliest stages by using a Smart Urine Bag solution that monitors patients’ urine volume and velocity.
Welse Thailand

King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi

Welse’s device processes bloodwork and uses a smartphone application to send results.
Green Jam United Arab Emirates

American University in Dubai

Green Jam’s project aims to turn recycling into a habit rather than a mandated task for citizens of the future. The project implements a reward system for recycling within the context of an automated recycling station, where each item thrown by the user is automatically processed and dropped into its designated recycling bin.
SEAT United Kingdom

University College, London

SEAT’s Scaffolding Exercise Assignment Tool (SEAT) tool aims to improve the learning and teaching experience in programming courses.
Donaco United Kingdom

Imperial College London

Donaco aims to revolutionise the donation industry by facilitating the relationship between charities and donors.
KSF.LLC United Kingdom

Oxford University

KSF.LLC has developed the world’s first remote and interactive farming platform for urban consumers.
Pocket Sized Hands United Kingdom

Abertay University

Developer team Pocket Sized Hands created Honeypot Espionage. An online VR multiplayer shooter focused on stealth combat. Acting as a spy, you are completely invisible when stood still, but you will begin to materialize if you move, fire a weapon or set a trap.


Team Name Country & University Project Name & Description
Farmalytics United States

Stanford University
University of California
San Diego

Farmalytics uses field sensors that measure important parameters that are vital for crop growth.
Oculogx United States

Georgia Institute of Technology

Oculogx has created a mixed reality app that uses Microsoft HoloLens and Azure to improve order picking in warehouses.
PulsePal United States

Princeton University

PulsePal is a low-cost mobile tool that uses an algorithm and video camera to digitally monitor heartrate.
Brazilian Student Association @ Stanford United States

Stanford University

The Brazilian Students Association at Stanford has developed the Cheque which app allows Brazilians to access political info and provide feedback to their representatives.
Orai United States

Drexel University

The Orai app helps people improve their speech content and delivery through instantaneous, on-demand, and personalized feedback.
Fluency United States

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Fluency is an immersive language-learning web app that connects users with native speakers.


I wish all the teams traveling to Seattle the best of luck. I can’t wait to see what they’ve got in store for us!

You won’t want to miss any of the action, so be sure to tune into the Imagine Cup Championship via a special webcast at 9 a.m. PT on July 27 on Microsoft Imagine.

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Alice Bonasio is a VR and Digital Transformation Consultant and Tech Trends’ Editor in Chief. She also regularly writes for Fast Company, Ars Technica, Quartz, Wired and others. Connect with her on LinkedInand follow @alicebonasio on Twitter.