DaVinci Institute student coder team to compete for $5M IBM Watson AI X-Prize

Tuesday January 24, 2017 0 comments Tags: Westminster, DaVinci Institute, DaVinci Coders, IBM Watson AI X-Prize, Thomas Frey

WESTMINSTER -- The DaVinci Institute announced DaVinci Coders students in the Institute’s upcoming JavaScript course will serve as the foundational team for competing in the recently announced IBM Watson AI X-Prize, a $5 million competition designed around using artificial intelligence to solve some of the world’s greatest problems.DaVinci_Institute_logoUSE

“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. 

The next JavaScript course will begin Feb. 13. Tuition for the 20-week course is $9,995.

Students who want to learn more about the JavaScript course and what’s involved in being part of DaVinci Coder’s IBM Watson AI X-Prize Team can schedule a tour or a time to meet with a program manager, visit DaVinciCoders.com, or call Jessica Morgan at 303-666- 4133.

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.