The Penn State EdTech Network is excited to announce the launch of the $100,000 Nittany Watson Challenge. The challenge encourages teams of Penn State students, faculty, and staff to leverage IBM Watson to improve the student experience, while competing for $100,000 in grant money earmarked for this challenge.
“We are excited to partner with IBM to provide an opportunity for Penn State faculty, staff, and students to collaborate on solutions directly impacting students’ success,” said Penn State EdTech Network Entrepreneur in Residence, Daren Coudriet. “IBM Watson is game-changing technology and we expect to see a wide range of innovative ideas, including those that will address pre-identified World Campus challenges.”
IBM Watson is a technology platform focused on data analysis, natural language processing, and machine learning. The Immersion Day Kickoff Event is the official start of the Nittany Watson Challenge and will be taking place on January 19-20, 2017. At this event, participants will have the opportunity to explore Watson’s capabilities with on-site IBMers, develop a deeper understanding of Watson’s core services, and network to identify potential team members.
“The IBM team is looking forward to arriving at Penn State and interacting with the wide range of talent to help identify ways to utilize IBM Watson’s broad capabilities,” said Rich Prewitt, IBM Distinguished Engineer and Penn State University On-Campus IBMer. “We encourage all Immersion Day participants to check out the Watson Training Materials prior to the event to be most successful.”
Registration for the Immersion Day Kickoff Event is open and space is limited, so if you are interested in participating in this innovative program register now! If you’re not sure you want to participate in the challenge, but are interested in learning more, sign into the Nittany Watson Challenge Canvas course, the central communications hub for all announcements and information related to the challenge.