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By Steve Hamm

Tired of fiddling with mobile apps that do little more than entertain people with too much slack time on their hands? Here’s a chance to help change the world. IBM today launched the IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge, a first-of-its-kind worldwide competition to promote development of mobile consumer and business apps powered by Watson, a cognitive computing breakthrough.

Cognitive computers are smart machines that ingest vast amounts of information, learn, reason and interact with people in ways that are more natural to us. While the original Watson was trained to compete with humans on the TV quiz show Jeopardy!, today’s Watson is designed to provide advice and insights to business leaders, professionals and individuals anywhere and any time—thanks to cloud and mobile computing.

To learn more about IBM’s Mobile Watson strategy, see IBM CEO Ginni Rometty’s keynote speech today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.Tweet to #IBMWatson and #MWC14

Over the next three months, IBM is inviting developers and entrepreneurs to share their best ideas and come together to build mobile apps into prototypes. Three winners will join the Watson Ecosystem Program. The winners will work with IBM Interactive Experience to receive design and development support to help them build a commercial app.

In 1983, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs challenged soda pop marketing whiz John Sculley by asking: “Do you want to sell sugared water for the rest of your life? Or do you want to come with me and change the world?” Today’s mobile app developers face the same choice. Come design for the Watson platform and help transform business and society.

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Check out the ideas for Watson proposed by readers of the A Smarter Planet blog, here, here and here.

If you want to learn more about the new era of computing, read Smart Machines: IBM’s Watson and the Era of Cognitive Systems.

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