Schedule

IBM Watson AI XPRIZE is a 4-year competition providing an interdisciplinary platform for domain experts, developers and innovators to, through collaboration, push the boundaries of AI to new heights. The prize launched on June 23, 2016 and has four rounds of competition plus two wildcard rounds to allow for a limited number of teams with groundbreaking ideas to enter the competition.

 

Date(s) Description
June 23, 2016 Release of Competition Guidelines, registration opens
July 23, 2016 Guidelines closed for public comment
November 15, 2016 Deadline for discounted Early Bird registration
January 19, 2017 Registration closes
ROUND 1:
March 1, 2017 Teams submit complete Competition Plans
April 1, 2017 Judges announce accepted teams
August 1, 2017 Wild Card Round 1 registration opens

Milestone Competition 1 applications due
September 1, 2017 Progress reports due for first judging round

Judges announce 10 teams invited to demonstrate their progress and compete for Milestone Awards at World of Watson
October, 2017 Milestone Competition 1 and Milestone Award at World of Watson
December 1, 2017 Wild Card Round 1 registration closes
January 15, 2018 Teams continuing to Round 2 are announced
ROUND 2:
March 1, 2018 Wild Card Round 1 Competition Plans due
April 1, 2018 Judges announce accepted Wild Card teams
August 1, 2018 Wild Card Round 2 registration opens

Milestone Competition 2 applications due
September 1, 2018 Entries due for second judging round

Judges announce 10 teams invited to demonstrate solutions and compete for Milestone Awards at World of Watson
October, 2018 Milestone Competition 2 and Milestone Awards at World of Watson
December 1, 2018 Wild Card Round 2 registration closes
January 15, 2019 Teams continuing to Round 3 are announced
ROUND 3:
March 1, 2019 Wild Card Round 2 Competition Plans due
April 1, 2019 Judges announce accepted Wild Card teams
September 1, 2019 Entries due for third judging round

Judges announce 10 semifinalists to demonstrate solutions at IBM World of Watson
October, 2019 IBM World of Watson Semifinalist Competition
January 15, 2020 Selection of three finalists to compete at TED 2020
ROUND 4: GRAND PRIZE COMPETITION
April, 2020 Grand Prize Competition at TED2020

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