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Contest Summary:
What will you do with Watson? Introducing the IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge. Pitch us your idea for the next groundbreaking Watson-powered mobile app for a chance to join the Watson Ecosystem and receive development and design support from IBM –Turning your idea into a market-changing consumer or business app.
Contest Description:
IBM is looking for the next groundbreaking mobile app. One that leverages the unique power of cognitive computing: natural language processing, machine learning, hypothesis generation, and evaluation – to deliver a new level of user experience… all in the palm of your hand. Do you have a great idea? Tell us what you will do with Watson.
To enter the competition, you must submit your proposal at www.ibmwatson.com before March 31st, 2014. Once you’ve submitted your proposal, a panel of judges will conduct two phases of judging. 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.
The IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge is open to organizations that have mobile developers who want to create a unique mobile app or experience that is powered by Watson. Applicants, if selected as finalists, should be prepared and equipped to develop a working prototype and pitch their concept to the IBM judges.
Prize Description:
IBM will help three winning teams turn their prototype into a viable commercial app. Winners will join the Watson Ecosystem, and receive design and development consulting from IBM experts.

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We are Alina LaPotin and Nicholas Phillips, civil and mechanical engineering students from the University of Texas at Austin chapter of Engineers for a Sustainable World. This year we are very excited to be Co-chairs of the Alternative Energy Challenge! This will be the first year that ESW will host the Alternative Energy Challenge which was previously hosted by the Student Engineering Council with hopes that it will continue to attract motivated engineering students with a passion for alternative energy, creativity, and innovation.

The intent of the competitioaeclogon is for students to create novel ideas for the generation of power using sustainable and renewable methods. In the first phase of the competition, teams will submit a written report detailing their design and the logistics involved in producing it.  The top three teams will then be granted a prototyping budget to actually create their device and present it  before a panel of judges who will ultimately select a winning team. The competition is run entirely by students, for students, to not only foster innovation in the field of alternative energy but to give competitors the opportunity to gain practical experience in product research and development.

At this stage we are finalizing our budget, and working on publicity so we can announce our first informational session which will be held on February 6th. We would like to thank Michelle Huddleston, a second year Mechanical Engineering Student at UT, for creating this amazing logo for AEC you see on the left.

We are very grateful to Wendy Murphy and IBM Students for a Smarter Planet. We wouldn’t have been able to host the competition this year if it wasn’t for your generous support and continuous commitment to student-led sustainability initiatives.

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January 29th, 2014
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Here’s an idea to get people to go green.

You can see more at this link on YouTube.

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Finals coming up on February 6, 2014  –  Go to the web page to vote for your choices for best.

See:  https://www-304.ibm.com/partnerworld/wps/servlet/ContentHandler/isv_com_smp_startup-week-events-4

From Latin America, Geekie is the top startup company from the regional finals in Mexico City.

Reengen, Temando and TMC represent Eastern Europe, Australia and southest Asia, respectively.

Shopa brings the best of Europe, while Nova Lumos is the pride of Israel.

The champions of North America are Onfarm and Coriell Life Sciences.

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January 28th, 2014
11:28
 

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SoluNova works with Chile’s largest mining company, Codelco, and the University of Chile to revolutionize mining safety and save lives with the Mobile Monitoring Station*.

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