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The $5M IBM Watson AI XPRIZE


UPDATE: JUNE 2021


The XPRIZE AI hub on WIRED magazine is open to the public!

Visit to watch the final pitches and vote for the most inspiring team.


Over the first three weeks of June, a vote by a global jury will determine the winner of the AI XPRIZE. Final rankings will be announced in a live event on June 23rd. If we win, the prize will enable Zzapp to launch malaria elimination operations to protect over a million people by 2022. Stay tuned for more details about the live event.


The IBM Watson AI XPRIZE is an international competition challenging teams to develop AI to tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges. The initiative aims to highlight how humans and machines can work together towards a better future, promoting the positive aspects of the powerful technology.


The competition was launched in 2016 with thousands of teams from around the world applying to be considered, and by March 2017, 147 teams were selected to participate. Zzapp malaria joined in 2018 during the first of two wildcard rounds, where three new teams with groundbreaking ideas were selected to join.



Over the course of the competition, teams were evaluated in several rounds on their technical solution, real-world impact, scalability, ethics and safety. In February 2020, ten semifinalist teams presented before a panel of expert judges and a live audience at the TED headquarters in New York City, and three finalists were selected, including Zzapp Malaria.


IBM Watson, who sponsors the prize, has provided guidance and support to finalists through their elite data science and AI team. In collaboration with Zzapp, this team of leading AI experts has developed weather analysis modules that fit into Zzapp’s system, improving temporal optimization of interventions (read more).


In the summer of 2021, the finalists will vie for the top 3 prizes: $3M for first place, $1M for second, and $0.5M for third.


Visit the XPRIZE website to learn more about the competition and how the winner will be chosen.


XPRIZE finalists announcement: https://www.xprize.org/prizes/artificial-intelligence/articles/three-finalists-selected-in-5m-ibm-watson-ai-xprize-competition


Zzapp's page on the XPRIZE website:

https://ai.xprize.org/prizes/artificial-intelligence/teams/zzappmalaria



For any inquiry - contact us at: info@zzappmalaria.com