Seven teams coached by Concordia’s District 3 Innovation Centre are in the running to win international recognition, as well as thousands — if not millions — of dollars to power their innovations.

“The common thread linking these seven teams is their desire to use artificial intelligence to solve grand societal challenges, particularly by tackling UN sustainable development goals,” says Xavier-Henri Hervé, executive director of District 3.

The local teams are all competing in – and moving on to the next stage of – the global IBM Watson AI XPRIZE. The competition invites teams to develop powerful AI-based applications that can be used to tackle the world’s biggest challenges. A $3-million grand prize is at stake, as well as hundreds of thousands of dollars in runner-up prizes.

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