$100,000 Nittany AI Challenge 2018

For the second year in a row, the EdTech Network is offering teams of students, faculty, and staff the chance to compete for grants totaling $100,000.

Teams will be challenged to use the artificial intelligence (AI) platform(s) of their choosing to develop and present AI-based solutions that improve the student experience at Penn State, solve real problems that the University is facing, and/or generate innovative startup ideas. IBM, one of this year's Nittany AI Challenge partners, will offer workshops and mentoring to help teams better understand and navigate Watson, their AI platform.

A panel of judges will award select projects $2,500 in seed money for development. After a second round of judging, the panel will select a subset of those projects to receive an additional $5,000 in funding for further development of a minimum viable product. Upon reviewing the minimum viable products, the panel will award additional funding to select projects from a $50,000 pool of funds.

The Nittany AI Challenge officially begins in early January 2018 with the launch the Nittany AI Challenge Canvas space, the central communication hub for all announcements, discussions, criteria, and general information related to the challenge.

Are you ready to push the boundaries of artificial intelligence and improve the education experience at Penn State? Plan to submit your idea proposal by January 29, 2018 to be considered for the first round of funding. The challenge is open exclusively to Penn State students, faculty, and staff.