AI for Societal Impact Challenge

Leverage AI to make a difference in our society!

Discover the winners of the AI for Societal Impact student challenge!

The final event of the AI for Societal Impact Challenge powered by Agorize took place online on March 30th, 2020.

More than 340 students from 93 schools and universities across Canada participated in the challenge. Their mission? Leverage AI technology and Microsoft tools to develop a project that will make a difference in our society, based on one of three topics: Sustainable Future, Future of Work & Education and Social Equality.

After 6 months of competition, the 3 finalist teams had the opportunity to pitch their ideas during the online final in front of a jury composed of Microsoft, TechNation, and RBC representatives.

A huge congratulations to the finalists and all participants who managed to show their creative potential and work together to have a positive impact on our society!

Learn more on the impactful AI projects created by the 3 winning teams of this national competition:

1st Place - $5,000 CAD  


Team RNA^2 created C.A.R.A – a sexual assault prevention application leveraging AI through speech analytics.


Theme: Social Equality

- Nicole Huynh (University of British Columbia, Canada)
- Annie Chen (University of British Columbia, Canada)
- Roshan Pawar (University of British Columbia, Canada)
- Anastasiya S. (University of British Columbia, Canada) 


2nd Place - $2,000 CAD

Team UpcycleAI’s project is an integrative product that reinvents the textile recycling process by improving its efficiency with AI and robotic assistance.
Theme: Sustainable Future
- Leanne Young (McGill University, Canada)
- Jonathan Carr (McGill University, Canada)
- William Lasry (McGill University, Canada)
- William Rossy (McGill University, Canada)

3rd Place - $1,000 CAD


Team developed a scalable technology to optimize forest carbon management and make it accessible.


Theme: Sustainable Future
- Michael Gracias (University of British Columbia, Canada)
- Alex Zelaya (University of British Columbia, Canada