Leveraged to improve efficiency, production and/or effectiveness in one of these sectors:
Whether you’re a newcomer or an AI expert, this challenge is for you! We welcome ideas from anywhere and anyone – no technical skills needed. Show us your creativity and get started with your AI project! You can even continue working on your idea after the challenge, as you will keep the intellectual property rights to anything you develop.
Throughout this challenge, you will learn more about AI from our expert mentors who will help you develop the right tools to start your next – or even your first – successful AI project.
Become an AI expert, build a better world, expand your network and win great prizes!
STEP 1: REGISTRATION & IDEATION
From October 5, 2020 to January 12, 2021
Create or join a team of 2 to 4 members. First, each team has to present their idea and clearly describe their concept in a 5-slide PowerPoint using the presentation template provided on the platform. Teams can also submit any other documents that illustrate their idea if they wish to do so.
Each team must upload their deliverables to their participation space before 23.59 (EST) on January 12th, 2021. Submissions must be made in English.
The voting stage will take place between January 13th, 2021 and January 24th, 2021. Up to 25 teams will be selected to move on to the second round. The selected teams will be notified on January 25th, 2021.
STEP 2: DEVELOPMENT
From January 25, 2021 to March 12, 2021
The 25 best teams will move on to the second round. During the development stage, your team will create a prototype with Microsoft Azure tools, resources and credits to continue to develop and refine your idea.
You will receive online coaching from experts via the platform. Use your coach’s recommendations to improve your project (technical development, feasibility, etc.). You can also review the resources provided for inspiration and to learn more about AI.
The deliverables for this stage include a three-to-five minute video explaining and demonstrating your prototype and its functionalities as well as a 10-20-slide presentation outlining the project. You should also conduct interviews with sector representatives to validate your idea.
All submissions must be in English and uploaded to the platform by 23:59 (EST) on March 12th, 2021.
The voting stage will take place between March 13th, 2021 and March 21st, 2021. Up to 5 teams will be selected to participate in the finals. The finalist teams will be notified on March 22nd, 2021.
STEP 3: THE FINAL EVENT – AI for Future Business Challenge
April 2, 2021
Between March 22nd and April 2nd, you will have time to prepare a five-minute presentation (including a short prototype demonstration before pitching your solutions to the jury during the virtual final event on April 2nd. You can win a range of prizes and make valuable connections with senior managers from TECHNATION members, RBC, and Microsoft.