Above: From left to right: UW Informatics senior Drew Gallardo, UW Bioengineering and Computer Science seniors Janae Chan and Robert Minneker. (Microsoft Image)
Two bioengineering students were part of a team that finished in the top three of Microsoft’s 2020 Imagine Cup, a global technology competition for student developers held in May.
Janae Chan and Robert Minneker, both dual major bioengineering and computer science students who just graduated with B.S. degrees, and new informatics graduate Drew Gallardo formed Tremor Vision. They presented their idea for a web-based tool that allows physicians to detect early-onset Parkinson’s disease in patients and track patient progress as they carry out a prescribed treatment plan.
The team first came up with their idea when participating in DubHacks, an annual 24-hour collegiate hackathon held at the UW. After winning the Community Track division there, Tremor Vision received entry to the Imagine Cup.
Because of the ongoing global pandemic, the 18th annual Imagine Cup competition was held virtually this year. Judges, who included Microsoft President Brad Smith, evaluated teams on innovation, technology, concept and feasibility, as well as three new criteria added this year: accessibility, diversity and inclusion.