Microsoft AI

Idea Challenge Contest

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// And the winner is… //

We already have the winners of the first Artificial Intelligence project contest organized by Microsoft AI Lab. It has been a pleasure to have such creative and interesting projects in this first contest and we hope there are many more.

However, all those who have not arrived on time to the contest or those who want to continue working and investigating the possibilities of the AI can upload your projects from here or by visiting our website We work hard so that AI-lab becomes a world reference for this technology and all of you are an essential part to make it so. Thank you very much, mates!

And now, these are the winners:


Peter Ma

Clean Water AI

Clean Water AI uses optical solution and convolutional neural network to classify to bacterias as well as particles, which can be used to continuously monitor water quality in real time . This allows water inspectors to stop water contamination as it happens, and possibly prevent crisis like Flint in the future. Optical camera also making it extremely easy to maintain.

Surface Book 2

Surface Book 2

Microsoft 13.5" Surface Book 2 Multi-Touch 2-in-1 Notebook.


Yang Din

CNN Pose Tracker

To leverage the power of convolutional neural network in effective pose detection, a seamless and highly automated way to generate labelled data set for pose detection is required, this is quite challenging and necessitating the overcoming of two major limitations:
1. Overcome the lack of prior information about the object of interest, while forcing the neural network to both detect and deduce the pose information of the object of interest.
2. Even assuming prior step is success, to obtain the ground truth to validate, the pose information needs to be accurately detected via external means and sequentially coupled with the 2D images captures to validate the performance of the neural network.

Surface Book 2

DJI Drone

DJI Drone- DJI Mavic Pro Bundle (Drone, Bag, Extra Props).


Kartik Tallapragada

AngelEyez - AI For Good

If we take some of the key themes from research articles and needs, we can conclude that we need a system that is:
1. Always On: Continually watching over the baby and its surrounding conditions.
2. Proactive: Proactively notifying the caregiver if the surrounding conditions change.
3. Non-Intrusive: Externally observing the infant’s environment without poking and prodding, thereby allowing the infant the least restrictive environment.
AngelEyez was created to ensure a safe and non-intrusive way of monitoring the infant that is leaps and bounds ahead of the on-market baby monitor cameras utilizing the recent advancements in Deep Learning.

Surface Book 2

Xbox One

Xbox One

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// About the challenge //

The Microsoft AI Idea Challenge is a competition for developers, students, professionals and data scientists seeking innovative, breakthrough artificial intelligence (AI) solutions. Preference will be given for solutions developed on Microsoft AI Platform and services.

This competition recognizes the developers who are paving the path for future of AI development, and helping to accelerate Microsoft AI adoption and innovation. This opportunity also provides a platform for developers, students and data scientists community to freely share AI models and applications, so they are reusable and easily accessible.

The Microsoft AI Idea Challenge is looking for AI solutions across all use cases. For examples and ideas, please visit The top three ideas will each receive prizes (please see below for the prizes), plus an opportunity to present the idea with Microsoft on AI Lab. Your ideas are judged on the following three parameters-


Originality of Idea


Solutions Feasibility


Complexity to Implement

The Microsoft AI Challenge is accepting submissions between August 13th– October 26th, 2018. Individuals or teams are required to submit a working AI model, test dataset, any demo app and a demo video (max. three minutes long) to qualify for the competition.

We encourage you to register early and upload your projects soon, so that you can begin to plan and build your solution and create your demo video, and submit them on time.

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// The process //

1st Step

Upload your project - To submit an entry, visit the Contest website and follow the instructions to register and submit your entry.

2nd Step

Idea review - Please submit a working AI model, test dataset, any demo app and a demo video (max. three minutes long) to qualify for the competition. Your submitted project goes through detailed review process by our judges.

3rd Step

Winner announcement - Winners will be announced within 14 days after contest closes.

4th Step

Prizes - The top three ideas (each) win prizes as mentioned below in the "Prizes" section, plus an opportunity to present a possible video on AI Lab with Microsoft to showcase the solution.

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// Eligible entry //

To be eligible, an entry must meet the following content/technical requirements:

  • Your entry must be your own original work; and
  • For video entry, please note the video must be solely the work of the person/team, including but not limited to, the actual filming, editing, graphic design, etc. of the video.
  • Your entry cannot have been selected as a winner in any other contest; and
  • You must have obtained any and all consents, approvals, or licenses required for you to submit your entry; and
  • To the extent that entry requires the submission of user-generated contest such as software, photos, videos, music, artwork, essays, etc., entrants warrant that their entry is their original work, has not been copied from others without permission or apparent rights, and does not violate the privacy, intellectual property rights, or other rights of any other person or entity. You may include Microsoft trademarks, logos, and designs, for which Microsoft grants you a limited license to use for the sole purposes of submitting an entry into this Contest; and
  • Your entry may NOT contain, as determined by us in our sole and absolute discretion, any content that is obscene or offensive, violent, defamatory, disparaging or illegal, or that promotes alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco or a particular political agenda, or that communicates messages that may reflect negatively on the goodwill of Microsoft.

See full official rules here.

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// Prizes //

Winners will be notified via the contact information provided during entry no more than 14 days following judging with prize claim instructions, including submission deadlines. If a selected winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim a prize or fails to return any Forms, the selected winner will forfeit their prize and an alternate winner will be selected time allowing.

Send email to with the subject line “Microsoft AI Idea Challenge winners” within 30 days of September 14, 2018 to receive a list of winners that received a prize worth $25.00 or more.

See full official rules here.

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1st Place

Surface Book 2 Microsoft 13.5" Surface Book 2 Multi-Touch 2-in-1 Notebook.

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2nd Place

DJI Drone DJI Drone- DJI Mavic Pro Bundle (Drone, Bag, Extra Props).

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3rd Place

Xbox One Xbox One

1st Place

Surface Book 2 Microsoft 13.5" Surface Book 2 Multi-Touch 2-in-1 Notebook.

2nd Place

DJI Drone DJI Drone- DJI Mavic Pro Bundle (Drone, Bag, Extra Props).

3rd Place

Xbox One Xbox One