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INCENTIVIZING INNOVATIVE AI
APPROACHES & COLLABORATION

The IBM Watson AI XPRIZE is a $5 million competition, challenging teams globally to develop and demonstrate how humans can collaborate with powerful AI technologies to tackle the world’s grand challenges. The prize aims to accelerate adoption of AI technologies and spark creative, innovative, and audacious demonstrations of the technology that are truly scalable and solve societal grand challenges. To encourage innovation in any form, the competition is an open challenge in AI. Rather than set a single, universal goal for all teams, this competition will invite teams to each create their own goal and solution to a grand challenge. The IBM Watson AI XPRIZE 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.

Read about the competition

Registered Teams Announced

Meet the officially registered teams competing for the $5M IBM Watson AI XPRIZE. Stay tuned for team updates, learn who they are and about their mission to use AI to solve humanities grand challenges.

683 Pre-Registered Teams

146 Registered Teams

  • 90% of the data in the world has been created in the last two years alone.
  • 2.5 quintillion bytes (quintillion = one billion billion) of data is produced every day, from sensors, mobile devices, online transactions, and social networks.
  • What if humans can collaborate with powerful AI technologies to gather, analyze and tackle the world’s Grand Challenges?

PRIZE PROGRESS

6/2016
Registration Opens
11/2016
Early Bird Registration Deadline
1/2017
Registration Deadline
9/2017
Wild Card Round 1 Registration Opens
12/2017
Milestone Competition 1
12/2017
Wild Card Round 1 Registration Close
1/2018
Team Selection for Round 2
8/2018
Wild Card Round 2 Registration Opens
10/2018
Milestone Competition 2
12/2018
Wild Card Round 2 Registration Close
1/2019
Team Selection for Round 3
9/2019
Semifinalists Selection
10/2019
Semifinalist Competition
1/2020
Finalist Announcement
4/2020
Grand Prize Competition at TED2020

Media Mentions

August 1, 2017

Artificial Intelligence is colossally hyped these days, but the dirty little secret is that it still has a long, long way to go. Sure, A.I.

June 27, 2016
IBM Watson and XPRIZE have linked up to offer millions in prizes for using artificial intelligence to solve a "grand challenge." Here's what they're looking for in a winner.
February 17, 2016

A new, multiyear competition to build the world's coolest artificial intelligence could win you $5 million. The prize for the challenge comes from IBM, TED and the XPRIZE Foundation, who want to stimulate research on AI "to tackle some of the world's grand challenges."

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