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IIIT-Delhi & IBM India to host online hackathon ‘The IBM Challenge’

March 15, 2017

Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Delhi in collaboration with IBM India – the Indian arm of Armonk, New York headquartered IBM (NYSE:IBM) – and Federal Bank have announced an interactive online hackathon, The ‘IBM Challenge’ which offers students an opportunity to learn new cognitive computing skills and solve real-life business problems using IBM Watson API’s on the IBM Cloud platform. The last date for submission of entries is March 24, 2017.
The hackathon is a part of Research Showcase 2017 – IIIT Delhi’s annual event exhibiting the research and development work from premier educational institutions in the Delhi National Capital Region (NCR) region. In 2016, the event attracted over 500 students.

Comments Dr. A.V. Subramanyam, chair, Research Showcase 2017, IIIT-Delhi, “This year as part of Research Showcase 2017, IIIT-Delhi in collaboration with IBM and Federal Bank, we are inviting students, practitioners and academicians to demonstrate their talent and put theory to practice via the IBM Challenge. The IBM Challenge is designed to blend hands-on learning with relevant market skill development. The participants will be asked to solve a real-world banking industry business problem and develop relevant technology solutions as part of the challenge.”

The theme of the IBM Challenge is online customer engagement and students will be tested to create a solution that will help banks provide their customers with a superior banking experience. Students will have the unique opportunity to learn how to build an application using a range of Watson Artificial Intelligence technologies such as Watson Conversation, Speech to Text and Text to Speech and more with access to tools via the IBM Cloud platform.

“Federal Bank has always been at the forefront of implementing new technologies for the benefit of its customers and IBM has been our trusted partner in this journey. This collaboration with IBM and Delhi’s premier universities gives our organisation an opportunity to support innovation and generate new ideas by tapping into the tremendous talent our students have here in Delhi. This initiative will not only help students develop their capabilities but also help us to identify future banking solutions,” said Saran Joseph, chief manager, Federal Bank.

“As cognitive computing becomes more embedded in the way we use technology to communicate, we will see new types of jobs emerge and an exponential demand for new skills here in India and across the world. Our association with IIIT-Delhi and Federal Bank will help arm the developers of tomorrow with the latest capabilities and foster the necessary skills to join the workforce and create enterprise-class applications at consumer scale,” said Devkant Aggarwal, manager, University Relations, IBM India.

The participants will be mentored by IIIT-Delhi and IBM and the winner will be adjudged jointly by IIIT-Delhi, Federal Bank and IBM.

Registrations are open now. Click on know more and register. The final winners will be announced on April 1, 2017.

Founded in 2008, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi (IIIT-Delhi or IIIT-D) was created as a state university by an Act of the Delhi government (The IIIT Delhi Act, 2007) empowering it to carry out research and development and grant degrees.

International Business Machines (IBM) Corporation is a leading global information technology company headquartered in Armonk, New York. For more information on IBM India, please visit

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