IBM Watson A.I. XPRIZE Another chance?

When projectbrainsaver first found out about the XPRIZES it was already too late to apply for entry to the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE.

I never spotted the wildcard entries...... one of the problems of my brain hence my need for the kit I'm espousing.

Thankfully a lot of the research done for the Anu and Naveen Jain women's safety XPRIZE was highly relevant - had I seen the wildcard dates I would have concentrated my efforts on getting prepared for this XPRIZE - instead of trying to build both projectbrainsaver, the core that handles the technology and the mechanics of what we were also researching.

I only found out about the wildcard entries through an Italian online paper which I translated and thrilled at the chance of maybe getting my kit started.

I've applied to be included in this wildcard round and, if not this time I can reapply in August 2018.

Wild Cards
Milestone Competition
June 1 2016Release of Competition Guidelines, registration opens
November 15 2016Deadline for discounted ($1,000) Early Bird registration
January 19 2017Registration closes
March 1 2017Teams submit complete Competition Plans
May 3 2017Announce official competitors
September 1 2017Wild Card Round 1 registration opens
September 1 2017Milestone Competition 1 applications due
September 1 2017Progress reports due for first judging round
October 23 2017Judges announce 10 Teams invited to the public demonstration and Milestone Competition 1
December 2017Milestone Competition 1
December 20 2017Wild Card Round 1 registration closes
January 15 2018Teams continuing to Round 2 are announced
March 1 2018Wild Card Round 1 Competition Plans due
April 1 2018Judges announce accepted Wild Card Round 1 Teams
August 1 2018Wild Card Round 2 registration opens
August 1 2018Milestone Competition 2 applications due
September 1 2018Progress reports due for second judging round
September 1 2018Judges announce 10 Teams invited to the public demonstration and Milestone Competition 2
October 1 2018Milestone Competition 2 during IBM World of Watson
December 1 2018Wild Card Round 2 registration closes
January 15 2019Teams continuing to Round 3 are announced
March 1 2019Wild Card Round 2 Competition Plans due
April 1 2019Judges announce accepted Wild Card Round 2 Teams
September 1 2019Progress reports due for third judging round
September 1 2019Judges announce 10 semifinalist
October 1 2019Semifinalist Demonstration during IBM World of Watson
January 15 2020Judges announce their selection of 3 Finalist Teams to compete at TED 2020.
April 1 2020Grand Prize Competition at TED 2020
Grand, 2nd Place, and 3rd Place Prizes awarded


The IBM Watson AI XPRIZE is a $5 million competition, challenging teams globally to develop and demonstrate how humans can collaborate with powerful AI technologies to tackle the world’s grand challenges. The prize aims to accelerate adoption of AI technologies and spark creative, innovative, and audacious demonstrations of the technology that are truly scalable and solve societal grand challenges. To encourage innovation in any form, the competition is an open challenge in AI. Rather than set a single, universal goal for all teams, this competition will invite teams to each create their own goal and solution to a grand challenge. The IBM Watson AI XPRIZE is a four-year competition with annual milestone competitions in 2017 and 2018. The top three finalists will compete for the Grand Prize at TED 2020.



If you think you have the next groundbreaking AI idea, now you have the opportunity to enter one of our Wild Card Pitch Competitions taking place worldwide. A selection of teams across the globe will be invited to pitch for an opportunity to win a free wild card submission into the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE! Along with waiving up to $3,000 of the application fee, each competition offers the invited teams networking opportunities and a selection of unique prizes.

Upcoming Pitch Opportunities:

Berkeley, CA at Skydeck on October 4, 2017. Deadline to enter the pitch competition is Sept 13, 2017.


Do you have a groundbreaking AI idea? The IBM Watson AI XPRIZE offers teams with groundbreaking ideas to enter the competition during the September 1-December 20, 2017 window but you can pre-register NOW and we will be in touch.