2019 CUNY-IBM Watson Social Impact Challenge


OBJECTIVE: Provide CUNY students an opportunity to develop essential skills necessary for successful careers in the 21st Century where AI and machine learning are disrupting all aspect of daily life and the world of work. The essential skills include critical thinking, complex problem solving, communication and team building skills, technological literacy and the ethical and social implications of its use. Students in the competition apply IBM Watson AI technology and Cloud Services to improve the delivery and quality of services provided by an institution of higher education, such as CUNY, or New York City government. Registration ends March 1, 2019, at 11:59 pm.

For more information about the 2019 CUNY-IBM Watson Social Impact Challenge, visit https://blogs.baruch.cuny.edu/ibmwatson2019/

REQUIREMENT: Only students seeking a degree at one of CUNY’s 25 colleges and professional are eligible to participate.

ORIENTATION SESSION & TEAM MEETUP/SOCIAL MIXER: An information session will be held on Thursday, February 7th at Baruch College, 55 Lexington Avenue, Room 3-160 from 12:45 pm – 2:00 pm. The information session will also be streamed – for information on how to access the session via the Internet visit https://blogs.baruch.cuny.edu/ibmwatson2019/

On Friday, February 8th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm there will be a Team Meetup and Social Mixer at Baruch College, 135 E 22nd Street (corner of 22nd St, & Lexington Avenue) Room 301. This is an opportunity to meet other students – discuss project ideas and form teams.

FINAL PROJECT SUBMISSIONS: Teams submit a three-page project Business Case Analysis and a one-minute video as their submission online by April 12, 2019. Ten teams are selected from those submitting the final projects and invited to the final round of the competition (see below). A full schedule of events, workshops, and milestones are available on the website of the Challenge. Examples of projects previously submitted can be seen at https://blogs.baruch.cuny.edu/marxesocialimpact/ .

EARN COURSE CREDITS: Baruch students participating in this Challenge can earn 3 credits by registering for PAF 4199 (undergraduate course) or PAF 9199 (graduate course) offered by the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College. Students enrolled at other CUNY colleges and programs must use the e-permit system to register for either of PAF 4199 and PAF 9199. Course requires additional reading, and quizzes in addition to completion of the team project.

FINAL PRESENTATION and CASH PRIZES: Ten teams are selected from the projects submitted and invited to the final round where they compete for $10,000 in cash prizes. The final round will be held on May 3rd from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm.

1st Place Team – $5,000; 2nd Place Team – $3,000; 3rd Place Team – $2,000

Once you register, please send a request to join us at ‘2019 CUNY-IBM Watson Social Impact Challenge’ group on LinkedIn. Please use this page to connect with other participating students and form Teams.

You can also stay connected with us via
Facebook @2019CUNYIBMWatsonSocialImpactChallenge and
Twitter @CUNYCompetition.

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