Canadian students answer the question “What can we do?”

Canadian students are making an impact with their winning ideas and projects in the 2015 Imagine Cup challenges. Discover what students from Queens, Sheridan, and other schools in Canada have developed, and maybe you will be inspired to bring your own ideas to life!

“The real question that needs to be asked as well as answered is what is it that we can do that is unique, that is impactful?”  

– Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft

What can you do?

Students across Canada have taken this question to heart! They’ve entered the 2015 Microsoft Imagine Cup and Canada has been a dominant force in the worldwide challenges that lead us up to the World finals this July.

Students from Sheridan College won first place and $3000 USD in the Innovation User Experience challenge with their project QFIT. QFIT is a fitness application that works with the Microsoft Band and adds quests and gamification to encourage users to get fit and stay active!

Team Eye3 from Queens University won first place and $3000 USD in the Blueprint World Citizenship challenge with project Ciris. 700 million people are colour-blind worldwide. In the current world, we use colour in charts, pictures, graphics, and clothing to convey information. These cues are lost on colour-blind people. If these individuals could somehow glean this information, it would enrich their day-to-day lives and solve a whole host of problems. Ciris provides them with a real time visual overlay for their desktop computers, mobile tablets, and smartphone devices. Ciris acts as an overlay, translating hard to see colours into visually equivalent colours that are easier for the colour-blind individual to identify.


In addition to the first place awards, the worldwide Imagine Cup judges awarded 9 honorable mentions in each challenge. Canadian students took multiple honorable mentions including

  • Pitch Video Innovation by Team WalkSafe at Queen’s. Their application aims to create an interactive network designed to provide a safer walking and commuting experience for its users
  • Pitch Video Games by TagStudios at Queen’s. Their game Genesis: Dawn of Aelia is a three dimensional platformer role playing game to raise awareness of the grim future of unsustainable lifestyles.
  • User Experience Games and Pitch Video Games – Team brokenbyte

In the coming weeks we will announce the Canadian Imagine Cup champions and determine which Canadian team will represent Canada at the Imagine Cup World Finals at Microsoft headquarters in Seattle, Washington. Teams who attend world finals will get to participate in a hololens hackathon and compete for a chance at $50,000 USD and a meeting with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella! Cheer on our Canadian students, Go Canada Go!