2019 Imagine Cup: Americas Regional Final

2019 Imagine Cup: Americas Regional Final banner

One idea starts the journey. Your innovation could change the future of technology and be at the forefront of life-changing solutions. Register today for the Imagine Cup, Microsoft’s global competition for student developers, and you could win USD100,000.

Americas Regional Finalists announcement

The winners of the Americas Regional Semifinals will be announced on April 1, 2019.

Regional Final Prizes

The teams that advance to the Regional Final will win a trip to the Americas Regional Final event in Seattle, Washington in May and compete for the following:

  • First place: USD15,000 and a spot in the World Championship
  • Second place: USD5,000
  • Third place: USD1,000

World Championship Prizing

1st place teams from the Regional Finals will advance to the World Championship (date and location to be announced) and compete for the grand prize of USD100,000 + Azure Grant.

Team Participation

You’re encouraged to submit an original application/solution that you and your team of up to three (3) have built (either on your own time, through your coursework, as a participant in a student hackathon, etc.). For your submission to qualify for the 2019 Imagine Cup, your application must utilize Microsoft Azure. For more details, see the Contest Rules.

Create your team (1 to 3 people)

Develop an innovative technical project that utilizes Microsoft Azure (See examples from last year's Imagine Cup)

Finalize and submit your team entry before 09:59:59 GMT+0 on Sunday, March 10, 2019 for your chance to participate in the worldwide finals

Eligibility & Judging Criteria


  • October 2 – March 9

    Online Regional Semifinal

  • April 1

    Regional Finalists Selected

  • May TBD

    Regional Final

    Seattle, Washington

  • TBD

    World Championship

    Location TBD

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Check out our winners from last year!

Group photo of team smartARM

1st place: smartARM

University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada
University of Toronto, Canada

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

Watch their video

Group photo of team iCry2Talk

2nd place: iCry2Talk

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

iCry2Talk proposes a low-cost and non-invasive intelligent interface between the infant and the 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.

Watch their video

Group photo of team Mediated Eat

3rd place: Mediated Ear

University of Tokyo, Japan

Mediated Ear is 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.

Watch their video


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See what last year’s competitors created and find inspiration for your innovation.


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