IBM Watson AI XPrize: 147 teams from 22 countries will compete for $5 million in rewards

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The IBM Watson AI XPrize battle is officially on. From capturing carbon to cleaning water, even literal trips to mars or Star Trek style multifunction hand-held devices, the IBM Watson AI XPrize challenge seeks the boldest solutions to humanity’s greatest challenges.

The tradition continues in the IBM’s latest competition, the IBM Watson AI XPrize, in which 147 teams from 22 countries will compete for a $5 million purse over the next four years.

IBM Watson AI XPrize
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The AI competition will be the first such XPrize that is “open” in that teams will be free to solve any issue they want. There will be a number of themes that they can choose from including Health and Wellness, Civil Society, Space and Exploration or Energy and Resources, but so long as the competitors solve their problems using AI, their projects can straddle any or all of these domains.

The 147 teams already submitted their testing and development plans back on March 1st, 2017. They now have until the start of September to provide evidence that their initial plans will actually work. From there an independent panel of experts will review each team’s proposals and announce which of them will be moving on to the next round in January 2018. Teams will be further thinned during additional rounds in 2018 and 2019 before the three finalists present their work at the TED 2020 conference and their projects are voted on by both the in-house audience and those following along online.

The team that wins will get $3 million in prize money, the second place will get a million and third place will have  $500k. The rest of the $5 million purse will be spread out as $500k “Milestone” prizes for ten participating teams between 2018 and 2019.

Source: IBM / EnGadget

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