AI to solve global issues


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AI to solve global issues

$5 Million

Prize Purse

The $5M IBM Watson AI XPRIZE challenges teams to demonstrate how humans can work with AI to tackle global challenges.


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The IBM Watson AI XPRIZE aims to accelerate adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and spark creative, innovative, and audacious demonstrations of the technology that are truly scalable to solve societal grand challenges.

The IBM Watson AI XPRIZE is more than a competition - it is a future-thinking initiative aimed at establishing a more balanced dialogue around AI - in particular about how humans and machines can collaborate together towards a better future.

Amir Banifatemi

General Manager of Innovation and Growth

How to Win

Each team’s technologies will be evaluated across four dimensions: achieved technical impact, evidenced real-world impact, scalability of real-world impact, and ethics and safety. The judges will compare teams against each other and will nominate three finalists for the grand prize award. Then, a globally representative jury will determine the grand prize winner.

Team Recognition

The IBM Watson AI XPRIZE now has 3 finalists from three countries in the Final Round, each harnessing AI in various way to solve for a challenge facing humanity. If you would like to learn more or connect with any of the competitors, please click the link below or contact us at [email protected]


Prize Updates

The IBM Watson AI XPRIZE is a unique and open competition. The competition launched over four years ago and started off with over 150 registered teams from around the globe — all using AI to tackle challenges facing humanity. The competition has helped to accelerate the dialogue around AI for Good by providing concrete proof points of human and machine collaboration. In February 2020, the semifinalist teams presented their solutions to the judges and live audience at TED headquarters in New York City, and the three finalists teams were chosen. The competition will conclude in June 2021 with a final round to award a $3 million Grand Prize, $1 million Second Place Prize, and $500k Third Place Prize.

Prize Activity

Prize start date - June 1st 2016. Progress reports due for second judging round - September 1st 2018. Round 3 teams announced - December 1st 2018. Wildcard round 2 competition plans due - February 1st 2019. Progress reports due for third round judging round - October 1st 2019. 10 semi-finalists announced - December 1st 2019. Finalists announced - Fall 2020. Grand prize event - Q2 2021.

Prize Teams

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