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Meet the 2018 Big Idea Challenge Winners!

First published on MSDN on Feb 21, 2018

Microsoft’s Imagine Cup is a global competition that offers up to USD100,000 and challenges student developers to create cloud-based solutions that will change the world . To empower Imagine Cup competitors with more opportunities to build their cloud development skills, Microsoft launched the Big Idea Challenge and asked competitors to pitch their Imagine Cup ideas and plans for a chance to win cash, Azure credit, and mentoring to take their projects to the next level.



The pitches submitted showcased student passion to change the world and the top submissions used the cloud to make their dreams a reality. The competitors submitted incredible pitches that demonstrated the power of Azure with 36% of submissions leveraging App Services, 21% focusing on Machine Learning, and 12% utilizing Cognitive Services and AI. Congratulations to all Big Idea Challenge winners below, we were impressed by your work and can not wait to see how far you take your Big Idea in the Imagine Cup!



There is still time to turn your ideas into reality, register today for the Imagine Cup and you could win up to USD100,000 to change the world!




First Place Winner—USD$3,000


VisionX , Romania


XVision is a system designed to automatically detect anomalies and diseases encountered anywhere in the human body. With radiologist-level accuracy, XVision analyzes common medical X-ray images with the help of Azure Machine Learning and Azure Functions.








Second Place Winner—USD$2,000


Datax Ecosystem , Hong Kong


Datax is a data exchange platform built on blockchain. It comprises of two functions: Workforce that allows AI researchers and companies to crowdsource training data, and Marketplace that empowers businesses to commercialize data assets.








Third Place Winner—USD$1,000


rientiQ Biotechnologies , Hungary


rientiQ detects the possibility to develop breast cancer in young adult women using gene sequencing and analysis with quantum machine learning.







Congratulations to all three winning teams! We must also congratulate our honorable mention teams, each of whom also submitted an excellent Big Idea, and will also receive $600 in Azure credits as well as feedback from our esteemed judges for their efforts.




  • VMA , China

  • Bubufds , Hong Kong

  • Digibuddies , India

  • fachheReturns , India

  • Food For Thought , United Arab Emirates

  • Deaf Signer , United States

  • Learning Circles , United States



The following teams round out the top 50 and will receive USD$600 in Azure credits to take their Big Idea to the next level in the Imagine Cup:









(Unlinked teams do not have a public profile)



Now that the Big Idea contest has completed, you should start gearing up to submit your project to the 2018 Imagine Cup Global Competition! If you haven't already, register now for the Imagine Cup. Countries around the world are setting up their National Finals as you read this, so please keep an eye on your Account page for more details on how and when to submit your project. The competition is heating up with the 2018 Imagine Cup and we can't wait to see what you all have in store for us!



Pablo Veramendi

Imagine Cup Competition Manager