Outstanding inspiring creativity from the top 10 global winners of the annual Imagine Cup Junior AI for Good Challenge. The June 9, 2022 announcement is the culmination of thousands of students, ages 13 to 18, coming up with creative ideas to solve the world’s biggest problems, leveraging transformative artificial intelligence (AI).
Rick Herrmann, Worldwide Vice President of Public Sector Education, said: “At Microsoft, we have always been impressed by the creativity in the solutions presented by the future generation of students. All the students who participated brought their heart to their projects, which really reached out to all the judges.”
As an Imagine Cup judge, part of my daily pro bono contributions/insights working with over 200,000 CEOs, investors and scientists – projects were inspiring in their imaginative creativity and centered on doing good for the planet. Furthermore, the #AIforGood theme resonated as the founder of the United Nations ITU #AIforGood, commemorating the 5th year of the inaugural global summit in June 2017, after which AI for Good is universally adopted across countries, corporations, UN agencies, academia, research centers, NGOs and non-profit organizations.
Extracting from Microsoft’s announcement, the winners are highlighted below in alphabetical order:
- ARISE, Nepal: ARISE is an AI-based interactive app that promotes accessibility for chemistry lab equipment using motion and augmented reality.
- AutoCrab, Hong Kong: AutoCrab is an AI sensor for monitoring and regulating water quality in aquatic furry crab farms.
- Clean Up Crew, Australia: Clean Up Crew is an all-in-one AI device that collects and sorts waste materials into appropriate categories to be recycled properly.
- Earthatarian, UK: Earthatarian is an AI-based app for reducing food waste by predicting the ‘actual expiration’ of stocked food items and monitoring food consumption.
- HACKRR, Philippines: WTFact is a fact-checking browser extension that uses AI to detect fake news and make internet users aware of incorrect and uninformed information online.
- NeuSparks, China: NeuSparks uses Azure AI and Machine Learning to transcribe folk music recordings into digital (MIDI) format that can be easily streamed and assist in creating and recomposing scores.
- Sea Waste Scavengers, Indonesia: This AI concept is a ship entirely powered by hydro and solar-powered electricity that tracks, locates and captures plastic waste and delivers it to a recycling plant.
- SkyLine Humanitarian, Vietnam: This AI-powered mobile app connects hospitals and blood donors by blood type, while encouraging potential new blood donors by spreading awareness.
- Sensory Metaverse Team, India: Sensory Metaverse is a VR concept with a headset and a costume that helps users not only see but feel virtual reality.
- VORA, United States: VORA is a visual object recognition aid for the visually impaired.
For students over 16 and often in post-secondary education, there’s the Imagine Cup, which announced its world champions in May at Microsoft Build. You can read about their global impact solutions in this Forbes article, including interviews with the winners and a previous winner (Forbes 30 under 30) who created a multi-award winning startup winning contracts with top multinationals. The 2021 Imagine Cup Youth winners are featured in this Forbes article. Learning resources for students can be found here on the Student Hub.