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$100,000 Nittany AI Challenge

Explore the Boundaries of Artificial Intelligence.

For the second year in a row, the EdTech Network, working in conjunction with leading technology companies, is offering teams of students, faculty, and staff the chance to compete for grants totaling $100,000.

Teams will be challenged to use the artificial intelligence (AI) platform(s) of their choosing to develop and present AI-based solutions that improve the student experience at Penn State, solve real problems that the University is facing, and/or generate innovative startup ideas.

A panel of judges will award select projects $2,500 in seed money for development. After a second round of judging, the panel will select a subset of those projects to receive an additional $5,000 for further development of a minimum viable product. Upon reviewing the minimum viable products, the panel will award additional funding to select projects from the remaining $50,000 pool of funds.

Sign in to the Nittany AI Challenge Canvas course, the central communication hub for all announcements and information related to the challenge.

Key dates:

  • March 27, 2018: Phase Two: Prototypes due
  • March 29, 2018: Phase Two: Prototype finalists announced
  • July 31, 2018: Phase Three: Minimum Viable Products due

Congratulations to the Phase One winners. The following ideas have been selected for funding:

  • Course Recommendation System Using Historical Student Course Enrollment and Performance
  • Feel Like
  • From Micro to Macro: Applying Machine Learning to Scale up Competency Based Learning at PSU
  • Intelligent Prediction System using Emotion Classification
  • LionPlanner
  • Nittany AI Challenge (Mock Interview)
  • Pathfinder: Recommending Course Pathways via Supervised Learning and Text Mining
  • ProFound: A Professor Search Engine
  • ResOpp: Research Opportunities for University Students
  • SmartPath

Learn more about past Challenge winners

If you have any questions about the Nittany AI Challenge, please contact [email protected]u.


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