I understand that Watson is a
proprietary technology but I thought that the group might like to
know where IBM is going with Watson and the wide variety of
applications (practical and fun) that is being tackled.
An interesting challenge from IBM.
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IBM Business Partners,
Would you ever have imagined that
the supercomputer that beat the Jeopardy!
champions would go on to create culinary
delights? Well that's exactly what IBM's Watson
did recently at SXSW, creating a huge buzz with
the exciting recipes it served up at the IBM
Food Truck. By pairing ingredients that are
compatible at the molecular level, Watson's
cognitive capabilities helped our chefs invent
unique and delicious recipes. People were so
amazed, the IBM Food Truck generated 40.3
million Twitter impressions during
But what will Watson do next? That's where YOU
come in. We're looking to you, our Business
Partners, to develop new solutions using
Watson's cognitive computing capabilities, and
be a part of the Watson buzz! That's why we've
launched the IBM Watson Mobile Developer
Pitch us your idea for the next groundbreaking
Watson-powered mobile app. Winners of the
Challenge will join the Watson Ecosystem,
receive mentoring support from IBM to help build
their application, and access to the Watson
sandbox to build it. But time is running out—you
have until March 31st to submit your concept!
So what makes a great idea for the Watson Mobile
Developer Challenge? A good submission will need
a few pieces:
Once you've submitted your proposal, a panel of
judges will conduct two phases of judging.
- Content: A set of owned,
licensed, or public content in English prose
that Watson can leverage to deliver its
- Capabilities: A use case
aligned with Watson's current capabilities,
namely interacting with users through
standard English questions and answers, with
answers selected based on confidence,
evidence, and learning that Watson has
achieved over time.
- Concept: The concept
represents a compelling business case that
would disrupt current models by price point,
level of engagement, or other relevant
The first phase will narrow the field to 25
finalists. Those finalists will receive access
to the Watson API and sandbox so they can build
a prototype to be judged in the second phase.
From there, the top 5 finalists will pitch their
concepts to a panel of IBM judges in a live
session. The judges will then determine three
winners who will have IBM mentoring support and
sandbox access to build the next Watson-powered
To learn more and apply by March 31st, visit IBMWatson.com
Got a question? Don't hesitate to ask here.
We're counting on you to realize the potential
of Watson's cognitive capabilities, and we can't
wait to see what ideas you come up with!
General Manager - Ecosystem Development
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