2022 Imagine Cup Junior AI For Good Winners – Top Outstanding Creativity
Outstanding inspiring creativity from the top 10 global winners in the annual Imagine Cup Junior AI for Good Challenge. The announcement June 9, 2022 is the culmination of thousands of students, aged 13-18, participating with creative ideas solving the world’s biggest issues leveraging transformative artificial intelligence (AI).
Rick Herrmann, vice-president worldwide public sector education, stated “At Microsoft we’re always impressed by the creativity in the solutions submitted by the future generation of students. Every student who took part brought their heart to their projects, which really came through to all of the judges.”
As a Imagine Cup judge, part of my daily pro bono contributions / insights working across more than 200,000 CEOs, investors, and scientists — the projects were awe inspiring in their imaginative creativity and centered on doing good for the planet. Moreover, the #AIforGood theme resonated as a founder for the United Nations ITU #AIforGood celebrating 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-profits.
Pulling from Microsoft’s announcement, the winners are spotlighted below in alphabetical order:
- ARISE, Nepal: ARISE is an AI- driven interactive application promoting accessibility for chemistry laboratory equipment using motion and augmented reality.
- AutoCrab, Hong Kong: AutoCrab is an AI sensor to monitor and regulate water quality in hairy crab aquafarms.
- 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 properly recycled.
- Earthatarian, United Kingdom: Earthatarian is an AI-powered application to reduce food waste by predicting the ‘actual expiry’ of stocked food items and monitoring food consumption.
- HACKRR, Philippines: WTFact is a fact-checking browser extension that utilizes AI to detect fake news and make internet users aware of online mis- and dis-information.
- NeuSparks, China: NeuSparks uses Azure AI and Machine Learning to transcribe folk music recordings into digital format (MIDI) that can be easily transmitted and assist in sheet music creation and re-composition.
- Sea Waste Scavengers, Indonesia: This AI concept is a ship fully powered by electricity from hydro and solar energy that tracks, locates, and captures plastic garbage and delivers it to a recycling plant.
- SkyLine Humanitarian, Vietnam: This AI integrated mobile application connects hospitals and blood donors by blood type while encouraging potential new blood donors by spreading awareness.
- Team Sensory Metaverse, India: Sensory Metaverse is a VR concept with a headset and a body suit 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 older than 16 and often in post-secondary education, there is the Imagine Cup which announced their World Champions in May at Microsoft Build. You can read about their globally impacting solutions in this Forbes article including interviews with the winners and a past winner (Forbes 30 under 30) who created a multi-award winning startup gaining contracts with top multinationals. 2021 Imagine Cup Youth winners are profiled in this Forbes article. Learning resources for students can be found here in the Student Hub.