Microsoft’s Imagine Cup is a global competition that offers up to USD100,000 and challenges student developers to create cloud-based solutions that will change the world.
To empower Imagine Cup competitors with more opportunities to build their cloud development skills, Microsoft launched the Big Idea Challenge and asked competitors to pitch their Imagine Cup ideas and plans for a chance to win cash, Azure credit, and mentoring to take their projects to the next level.
For the past 16 years, the Imagine Cup has been the world’s premier student technology competition. Since 2003, Microsoft has provided a global platform for students to turn their dreams into reality. Students from across the globe build amazing teams to bring their biggest, boldest ideas to life. Working with mentors and industry leaders, they get feedback to further hone and develop their projects.
Imagine Cup National Finals competitions happen in dozens of countries all over the world. Organized by Microsoft subsidiaries in those countries, the National Finals select the best teams from each participating country as they pitch and demo their ideas to experts to vie for a coveted spot at the Imagine Cup World Finals.
Meet the 2018 Big Idea Challenge Winners:
First Place Winner—USD$3,000
XVision is a system designed to automatically detect anomalies and diseases encountered anywhere in the human body. With radiologist-level accuracy, XVision analyzes common medical X-ray images with the help of Azure Machine Learning and Azure Functions.
Second Place Winner—USD$2,000
Datax Ecosystem, Hong Kong
Datax is a data exchange platform built on blockchain. It comprises of two functions: Workforce that allows AI researchers and companies to crowdsource training data, and Marketplace that empowers businesses to commercialize data assets.
Third Place Winner—USD$1,000
rientiQ Biotechnologies, Hungary
rientiQ detects the possibility to develop breast cancer in young adult women using gene sequencing and analysis with quantum machine learning.