AI to solve the world’s challenges


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AI to solve the world’s challenges

$5 Million

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The $5 million IBM Watson AI XPRIZE is a global competition challenging teams to develop and demonstrate how humans can collaborate with powerful AI technologies to tackle the world’s Grand Challenges.

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The IBM Watson AI XPRIZE aims to accelerate adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and spark creative, innovative, and audacious demonstrations of the technology that are truly scalable to solve societal grand challenges.

The UN and its agencies are collaborating with XPRIZE to further use the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE as a repository of cases to advance the sustainable development goals that will touch more than 3 billion people on the planet.

Amir Banifatemi

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The Grand Challenge

AI is a fast-moving field and breakthroughs are happening at an unprecedented pace.

As a result, the grand challenges that this prize could solve are unlimited; everything from preventing the extinction of bees to detecting online sex trafficking is a possibility in this competition. 

How to Win

To encourage innovation in any form, the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE competition sets an open challenge in AI. Rather than set a single, universal goal for all teams, this competition invites teams of technologists in AI to each create their own goal: an application of AI to a grand challenge with a novel solution.

Team Recognition

The IBM Watson AI XPRIZE now has 30 competitors from 8 countries in Round 3, each harnessing AI to solve a grand challenge. Registration to join the competition is currently open for the Second Wildcard Round until December 14th, 2018, and is the last opportunity to join. If you would like to learn more or connect with any of the competitors, contact us at [email protected]

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