CUNY-IBM Watson Case Competition Challenges Entrepreneurs to Develop Apps Using Cognitive Technology

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CUNY Institute for Virtual Enterprise and The Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship Invite CUNY Students to Register For the Chance to Win up to $5,000

 

NEW YORK, NY- September 4, 2014 –The CUNY Institute for Virtual Enterprise and The Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship at Baruch College are inviting all matriculated CUNY students to participate this semester in the CUNY-IBM Watson Case Competition.

The CUNY-IBM Watson Case Competition is an opportunity to learn and develop apps for applying the IBM Watson cognitive technology to improve the operation of organizations and the delivery of services to its customers. The IBM Watson Technology embodies the future and this competition is an opportunity for CUNY students to be part of the new generation involved in the jobs and businesses that will be created.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams: $5,000 (1st place), $3,000 (2nd place), and $2,000 (3rd place). Participants will have an opportunity to sign up for summer 2015 internships; join CUNY Entrepreneurship Boot Camp; work in CUNY’s Incubator; and have access to the entrepreneurship network in virtual and real space.

In this competition Baruch College, CUNY, and IBM are interested in exploring ways that IBM Watson can be applied to higher education and the delivery of public services by New York City. The competition gives student teams the opportunity to explore ideas and concepts on how this cognitive technology can be applied in these two areas. Some possible examples to apply IBM Watson are:

  • Improving the quality and effectiveness of public undergraduate education
  • Helping to better deliver public services such as Public Safety, Health, and Transportation

Teams of CUNY students will work through various milestones during the fall 2014 semester, while being mentored by IBM, CUNY faculty and other experts in the field. Teams of 3-5 students will present their preliminary concepts during Watson “boot camp,” October 24 and 25. The finalists will participate in a final round of presentations on January 15, 2015, when cash prizes will be awarded to the Top 3 teams.

For more information visit Www.baruch.cuny.edu/IBM-Watson.

 

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About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/.

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Manny Romero, (646) 660-6141, manuel.romero@baruch.cuny.edu

Mercedes Sanchez, (646) 660-6112, mercedes.sanchez@baruch.cuny.edu
Celene McDermott (646) 660-6134, celene.mcdermott@baruch.cuny.edu