Final Date to Register and Pay

Jan 19

Collaborate with District 3 on Proposals

Jan-Mar 2017

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March 2017

XPrize Team Announcement

April 2017

District 3 Team Support

April-Nov 2017

About IBM Watson AI XPRIZE Competition

The IBM Watson AI XPRIZE is a four-year, $5 Million (USD), open and global competition, challenging teams 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.


What About Montreal?

Following a generous donation by a Concordia University, District 3 has decided to invest in our city’s artificial intelligence startup community.

The AI XPRIZE challenge is a fitting initiative for this effort considering three things:

  • Reputable AI research labs, such as such as UdeM Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (MILA) and McGill Reasoning and Learning Lab. The city must build upon those to ensure it has a strong presence in the AI International scene beyond research, so in education, entrepreneurship, and industry adoption as well.
  • The impact of emerging technology on global society.
  • The need for Canada and Montreal to invest in emerging technology fields to remain competitive.

AI XPrize Programs By District 3

You won’t be alone!

The AI XPrize Program has been tailored to those looking to pursue the IBM Watson Competition.

The two-phase cohort will help you grow and develop your idea through customized content, personalized coaching and access to a large network of seasoned mentors in the fields of AI, health and education.

The program has cultivated a pool of partners who will work with teams to help them secure R&D grant funding and financing to further advance their projects.

Checkout AI/X Prize Website

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Our Teams

AIfred is a clinical decision aid system for psychiatry. AIfred combines deep scientific research with cutting-edge machine learning to help reduce recovery times, increase treatment efficacy and allow better allocation of medical resources through more effective and efficient treatment plans.


Prëmo is an inter-connexion platform bringing individuals from distant networks together, much faster, helping them form communities closest to their needs and interests. Rosa is our master-piece AI-system finding the fastest ways for an individual to connect at any moment, for any need, with anyone, instantaneously.


Birth asphyxia and other breathing-related conditions cause over 1.2 million newborn deaths annually. Current diagnostic methods are too sophisticated in terms of both equipment and required expertise, making robust detection of asphyxia in newborns difficult for nearly half of the world. Ubenwa is an AI that enables diagnosis of asphyxia through automated analysis of the infant cry. Deployed via smartphone and wearable technology, Ubenwa will drastically reduce the time, cost and skill required to make correct diagnoses.

InnoVie Health Inc
InnoVie Health Inc

InnoVie Health Inc. will be providing physicians with an AI clinical decision support (CDS) tool, integrated with EHR, to improve the diagnostic accuracy and test/treatment selection for a patient. The platform will be initially developed in the area of cardiovascular disease. Integrations with EHR, telemedicine and the patient portal can further facilitate the development of long distance care and serve to better educate patients regarding their health status. As a result, not only can this improve patient compliance, but also deliver the most personalized form of medicine to each patient.


Meet Eri.AI chatbot that provides students all over the world one-on-one math tutoring, on demand. This is done by matching students, in real-time, with available tutors that have shown proficiency in the same subject. As a result, the student will have a better understanding of the topic, while the tutor will reach the tutoring level of a professional.


Mental health disorders affect more than 650 million people worldwide and cost more than 1 trillion dollars a year. It has also been found that younger generations are particularly affected by them. Although many human and technological resources exist, seeking the right kind of help can be a daunting and confusing task. Mr. Young is an AI-powered chatbot designed to provide an “ear” that help those in need cope with anxiety, and connect them to the appropriate solution.


To take care of an apiary, one has to be able to understand their bees and their needs. Nectar uses artificial intelligence to offer a solution that will provide beekeepers and farmers data-driven insights to know precisely what’s going on in their hives and what the honey bees need to thrive. Coupling a clever monitoring device and a user-friendly chatbot system, Nectar is poised to become the company that enables communication between farmers and pollinators.


DataperfomersX is building the Google map for distaster management. From a simple and textual query like “what is the best location for a temporary hospital?”, DataperformersX provides a straightforward recommendation plans build from heterogeneous data sources and a decentralized autonomous mapping low cost drones


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