Nittany AI Challenge awards whole of $25,000 to closing 4 scholar groups

The 2020 Nittany AI Challenge concluded with a digital ceremony Friday evening, awarding a complete of $25,000 to the highest 4 groups.

The annual problem, which started 4 years in the past, is organized by the Nittany AI Alliance.

According to the alliance’s innovation strategist Brad Zdenek, the problem “offers [Penn State] students the opportunity to innovate, work in teams and build solutions that address pressing global issues using AI and machine learning.”

Zdenek, who moderated the occasion, stated every group should focus its submission round one of many problem’s 4 pillars: well being, schooling, sustainability and humanitarianism.

With the assistance of 70 reviewers, the alliance chosen 4 successful groups out of the 9 remaining within the problem.


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Three of those groups — Cyclone, AiGuide and OpenVessel — gained $5,000 a chunk, with the general winner, Nyansapo, incomes $10,000.

Zdenek stated Nyansapo created a cell app that administers interactive literacy assessments to assist kids study language and keep on prime of their schooling. The group consisted of Penn State college students Edward Amoah, Rhea Baweja, Kushagra Jaiswal, Mumbe Mwangangi, Ritik Parmar, Tanish Rastogi, Benson Wainaina and Jason Wang.

Zdenek stated the problem started in October 2019 with its first of three phases: the concept part. The prototype part started in February and the MVP part ran from April till earlier in September.

According to Zdenek, the problem goals to result in optimistic impacts in relation to issues seen on the earth in the present day.

“It’s not just about doing exercises with students,” Zdenek stated throughout the ceremony. “It’s about applying technology for them to do good in the world.”

The digital occasion additionally featured keynote speaker and Microsoft’s Seeing AI co-founder Saqib Shaikh.

Having misplaced his sight in his childhood, Shaikh has labored with Microsoft to create know-how that assists blind people. One instance of that is the app “Seeing AI,” which interprets the person’s environment by way of their gadget’s digital camera and vocalizes them to the person.

Shaikh inspired college students to make the most of their strengths and passions to generate options to issues throughout the globe, and mentioned the significance of AI in doing this.

“Technology is all about this ability that each one of us has to make a better future,” Shaikh stated. “Looking at the list of projects we have tonight, it’s just incredible what kind of impact they could have across the categories of society.”

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