On Saturday May 27th Microsoft Canada hosted the Imagine Cup Canada National Finals & Student Summit where our top 5 teams thrilled the audience with incredible project proposals powered by Microsoft cloud technologies. An incredible day of collaboration between 140+ students, faculty and industry highlighted by talks from, Mario Grech, Founder of DCSIL and host sponsor at University of Toronto, Sam Pasupalak, Maluuba co-founder and now Microsoft team member, Mary Ellen Anderson VP Developer Experience at Microsoft and another 10 speakers on topics from AI, The Future of Data to Innovation in the Classroom. An interactive student lounge engaged attendees all day including representation from Microsoft’s HoloLens, Microsoft Store and LinkedIn teams, external startup ecosystem partners from the DMZ at Ryerson and Communitech and a number of student projects displaying their award-winning Microsoft projects from Hackathons.
Judged on their technical merit by an esteemed panel led by Microsoft Canada’s Tommy Lewis and Khalil Alfar, alongside Tarek Sadek (Ryerson University, Director of Entrepreneurship), Greg Barratt (Communitech, VP Strategic Growth) and Kate Gregory (Regional Director, Microsoft Most Valued Professional Program) Microsoft crowned our top 2 Canadian teams: National Finals Champion: Team NeuroGate and their Software that uses Microsoft Kinect motion data and machine learning to analyze gait patterns and diagnose various neurodegenerative diseases and Runner Up: Team Karate Manatees and their online multiplayer team based sports game. These teams will be representing Microsoft Canada on the global stage competing against more than 50 finalist teams from around the globe for the chance to earn the $100,000 grand prize. Mary Ellen Anderson, was joined on stage by Dr. Ravin Balakrishnan (Chair, Department of Computer Science University of Toronto) to celebrate and award our finalists with the medals. Congratulations to all participants in the competition!
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Follow our Finalist’s Journey here: https://imagine.microsoft.com
1st Place: Team NeuroGate
Declan Goncalves, Hrishikesh Suresh & Zeqi Cui
University of Waterloo
Runners up: Team Karate Manatees
Daniel Son & Martin Leung
University of Toronto
Our Five Canadian Finalists
Students from all over the world are invited to register their team and submit their project idea on the Imagine Cup website: https://www.imaginecup.com. Using the same judging criteria provided below, these five finalists teams were selected to compete at the National finals. Three of the teams, BlindSpot, NeuroGate and Sentire all attend University of Waterloo, Safe Watch attends Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf and Karate Manatees attend University of Toronto.
Our five finalist teams were all mentored over a 2-month period leading up to the National Finals by Microsoft Technical Evangelists.
Mentored team Karate Manatees
Mentored Safe Watch
Mentored team NeuroGate
Mentored team BlindSpot
Our esteemed Judges had the difficult task of selecting the top two teams that will compete at World Finals in Redmond, Seattle in July 2017, using the same judging criteria used in the first round of judging and will be used at the World Finals.
VP, Strategic Growth
Gregory Consulting Ltd.
Tarek Sadek, PHD
Director of Entrepreneurship Education Programs, Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship FEAS,
Director, Cloud & Enterprise,
Technical Evangelism Manager,
Mario gave a fascinating keynote on The Future of Technology including trends that will shape business, society and reality.
Sam was in the same spot as a student just a few short years ago and he gave an inspiring keynote on his struggles, and the journey of his Student to Startup Success Story.
Lightning Talk Speakers
Mary-Ellen Anderson,VP Developer Experience Team at Microsoft - Growth Zone
Adarsha Datta, Technical Evangelist at Microsoft – Future of Data
David Kwok, Programs & Community Coordinator at Sandbox by DMZ – Stop Prototyping. Start Validating
Helen Kontozopolous, Co-founder of University of Toronto DCSIL – Innovation in the Classroom
Lori Lalonde, Technical Evangelist at Microsoft – Artificial Intelligence
Tommy Lewis, Technical Evangelism Manager at Microsoft – Inclusive Design
Mickey MacDonald, Technical Evangelist at Microsoft – Mixed Reality Spectrum and Microsoft HoloLens
Jay Rautins, Account Manager, Marketing Solutions at LinkedIn, a Microsoft Company – Tell Your Professional Story
Anastasiya, Julie, & Chris of Team Walkly – Experience as the 2015 Imagine Cup Finalists
With energetic music playing and snacks all around, our Exhibitor partners were set up in booths in the “Interactive Student Lounge”.
|Communitech||Communitech helps tech companies start, grow and succeed. That’s our mission, our mantra, our reason for being. Everything we do ties back to collaboration and helping—values that run deep in our organization. Communitech will be showcasing some of our student programming and talking about what is happening in the Waterloo Region Tech Ecosystem.|
|DMZ||Sandbox is the community arm to the DMZ - North America’s leading business incubator. We're an open and collaborative space that provides access to a curated list of creative, digital and entrepreneurial skills and opportunities to students and the wider community. Unlike other learning spaces, our programs are free, interdisciplinary, hands-on and skills-based.|
|Team Walkly||Walkly was the 2015 Imagine Cup Canada Finalists that went to Redmond to compete for the top prize. Find out what their experience taught them, who they are connected to and what they busy with now!|
|HoloLens||Microsoft HoloLens is the first self-contained, holographic computer, enabling you to engage with your digital content and interact with holograms in the world around you.|
|Microsoft Eaton Centre||Interested in any Surface products or need a device to work on at school? Come check out the Microsoft store booth, where you can demo different devices and hang around to play some Xbox!|
|Student Project - The Lady Hacks “Best Use of Azure”||Project: Star
Ever need a service, but can’t find the right person? Team Star hosted a services exchange platform for every day users, where you can navigate the service you need with the best person for it.
|Student Project - UofTHacks “Best Use of Azure”||Project Name: InCase
An IOS application where users can easily access information about the law. They have gone through and condensed sections of the Highway Traffic Act and the Criminal Code. Users will get quick and fast results regarding basic legal questions.
|Student Project - MSFTHacks||Project: WaterlooTalks
A chat-bot that provides mental health support for students at the University of Waterloo. We will be demoing the features of this chat-bot by simulating a conversation it would have with a user.
|Student Project - Team Memuro||Holographic Photo Project is an application for HoloLens users that projects holographic photos from OneDrive into a physical environment, enabling people to relive their memories in a more immersive way.|