Watson Hosts First International University Case Competition

watby Angela Guess

Pamela Induni recently wrote in the IBM Smarter Planet blog, “It’s been a busy start to the year for IBM’s Watson University Programs as we expand our efforts to bring together the best and brightest student minds to apply Watson and cognitive computing technology in new and interesting ways. In fact, I’m just stepping off a plane from our very first international University Case Competition which took place in France last weekend. IBM and HEC Paris, one of the most prominent business schools in the world, welcomed 13 student teams from three local universities to pitch use cases for new apps and services powered by Watson. The Paris event followed several case competitions earlier this year with the City University of New York (CUNY) and Southern Methodist University (SMU), as well as the final round of our North American Watson Intercollegiate competition.”

Induni goes on, “These events are representative of the many ways IBM is partnering with universities to get faculties and students involved with Watson. From offering unprecedented access to Watson via full semester coursework to hosting case competitions and Bluemix hackathons, our mission is to advance student skills in cognitive computing and enable the next generation of cognitive computing innovators. Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to witness first-hand the creativity and innovation put forth by the student teams from HEC, Ecole 42 and Centrale Supelec, which also happen to be the first universities in France to bring Watson into the classroom.  As one of the competition judges, alongside Watson Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Rob High and several other IBM, faculty and local business leaders, the overall quality of the student use cases made it difficult for us to decide on a winner.”

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