The Department of Computer Science and its Innovation Lab (DCSIL) hosted the Imagine Cup National Final competition on Saturday May 27, at the Bahen Centre of Information Technology, 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, co-founder and co-director of DCSIL and host sponsor at the University of Toronto, Sam Pasupalak, Maluuba co-founder and now Microsoft team member, Mary Ellen Anderson VP DX 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 U of T Hacks, The Lady Hacks and MSFTHacks.
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 two Canadian teams:
National Finals Champion: Team NeuroGate (pictured above) and their Software that uses Microsoft Kinect motion data and machine learning to analyze gait patterns and diagnose various neurodegenerative diseases.
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, VP DX Canada 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 and to the many participants making this an overwhelming success!