Tuesday January 24, 2017 0 comments
“The IBM Watson AI X-Prize fits in perfectly with much of the research we’ve been doing, and we feel well positioned to compete on the world stage for this prestigious prize,” said Thomas Frey, DaVinci Institute senior futurist.
“We’re already attracting some remarkably high-caliber students and this seems like the perfect vehicle for leveraging their talents on a project that can benefit the entire world.”
As part of its core mission to serve as a working laboratory for the future, the DaVinci Institute said it is constantly experimenting with not only new approaches to both create a better student experience but also how to make a bigger impact on the world.
The IBM Watson AI X-Prize is being formed around an open challenge, which is different than other X-Prize competitions, the Institute noted. Rather than set a single, universal goal for all teams, this competition will invite teams to each create their own goal and solution.
The IBM Watson AI X-PRIZE is a four-year competition with annual milestone competitions in 2017 and 2018. The top three finalists will compete for the Grand Prize at TED 2020.
“The beauty of this competition is that even if our project doesn’t get selected to win the grand prize, our students will learn how to leverage the IBM Watson’s AI capabilities, and the core project will invariably spawn new business startups,” said Frey.
“From my perspective, there is no downside to this competition.”
The DaVinci Institute offers coding training programs at its headquarters in the Compass Bank building, 9191 Sheridan Blvd., Suite 300, Westminster.
In addition to DaVinci Coders, the Institute has created a collaborative working community of freelancers, aspiring programmers and small to midsize tech companies.
“At DaVinci Institute, we are building a community where tech professionals, software developers, game studios, and startup companies can launch new businesses, do freelance work, hire, get hired, grow, and stay up to date on best practices -- all in one place,” said Frey.