Does your app actually work? Would anyone want to use it? How well did you blend the tools? What impact could it have?
At the end of the hack your team will need to address some of these questions when you demo and present your app (it doesn’t need to be finished, but should be functional so it can be reviewed!) to help the judges pick a winner.
The apps will be judged against the following criteria:
- Potential impact - on the economy/society/sector
- Creativity - how creative or innovative the idea behind the app is
- Viability - how relevant the app's use case is to a real market or business problem
- Intuitiveness – of the overall user experience
- Value - how quickly the app's value becomes apparent upon initial use and whether it it require documentation to understand
- Feasibility – whether the idea works and whether it could scale up as a real solution with multiple users
- Uniqueness - how well the app leverages a variety of Watson APIs or other facets
The judges’ decision is final.
Who are the judges?
Jonathan is lead technologist for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) at Innovate UK (link opens in a new window), where he helps drive investment and innovation amongst UK companies. A first class honours graduate in Computer Science from the University of Hertfordshire in 1988, he undertook a wide range of roles in more than twenty years with BT including research, systems deployment, and technology and management consultancy, before becoming their futurologist. Subsequently he ran his own business as an independent futurologist helping clients across all sectors understand the impacts of future disruptive change on their businesses. He has travelled widely to speak to, inspire and provoke a range of audiences on technology topics, and has also written for many journals and magazines and made media contributions (e.g. BBC). He uses his wide experience to help advise organisations on successful innovation, and currently formulates UK strategy for ICT at Innovate UK.
Ian is Head of Access to Funding & Finance at the Knowledge Transfer Network. In this role he helps companies to identify and secure funding; grants, investment, banking etc. Previously he was Head of Entrepreneurship at STFC where he focused on helping start up and early stage companies take their ideas from conception to implementation. Ian joined STFC from his own self funded start-up which delivered public use computing to the NHS, local government, prisons and sport facilities.
Ian started his career as a bench scientist for BT Labs at Martlesham Heath, where he worked on "Home of the Future" and "Virtual reality for team working" before being a New Products Evangelist, the first public broadband line was at Ian's home and he was tasked to answer the questions: "Why would we want to be on the internet 24/7?" and "What will we do after we have read our emails?"
Alison is Director of the Hartree Centre. Her role at the Centre is to ensure that Hartree delivers on its mission to transform UK competitiveness by facilitating and accelerating the uptake of data-centric computing and cognitive technologies. She has over 30 years of experience in software development, project and product management and institute management.
Phil is the Watson Ecosystem leader in Europe, Phil created and led the Watson Group Ecosystem business in Europe, building up a portfolio of product, agency and systems integrator partnerships. Phil grew and developed this cross functional team and this team can now boast the best understanding of the Watson API business in Europe, a knowledge of how to build use cases, partnership business models, and most importantly, how to infuse cognitive into services and products.
Phil has 16 years of experience working in technology from startups to multinationals across four continents. Through his multinational experience in IBM and BAE Systems, his previous clients include the Manhattan Transit Authority, the Energy Supply Board in Dublin, Transport for London and Airbus Aerospace.
What are the tools?
Watson is helping people to create awesome new products and services by quickly reading through unstructured data to gain unique insights.
Watson is broken up into a suite of APIs make building apps with it easy. We want as many developers to get hands on with Watson as possible.
AlchemyLanguage - Language | General availability
AlchemyLanguage is a collection of 12 APIs that offer text analysis through natural language processing. They can analyze text and help you to understand its sentiment, keywords, entities, high-level concepts and more.
Concept Expansion - Language | Beta
Link euphemisms or colloquial terms to more commonly understood phrases.
Concept Insights - Language | General availability
Rather than limiting findings to traditional text matching, Concept Insights explores information based on the concepts behind your input.
Dialog - Language | General availability
Rules-based user response system. Script conversations any way you like to answer questions, walk through processes, or just to chat!
Document Conversion - Language | Experimental
Converts PDF, Word, or HTML documents HTML into HTML, Plain Text, or JSON Answer Units needed by other Watson services
Language Translation - Language | General availability
Translate and publish content in multiple languages.
Natural Language Classifier - Language | General availability
Interpret and classify natural language with confidence.
Personality Insights - Language | General availability
Uncover a deeper understanding of people's personality characteristics, needs, and values to drive personalization.
Question and Answer - Language | Beta
Ask a question and get an answer with supporting evidence.
Relationship Extraction - Language | Beta
Extracts relationships between different text entities.
Retrieve and Rank - Language | General availability
Enhance information retrieval with machine learning.
Tone Analyzer - Language | Experimental
Discover, understand, and revise the language tones in text.
Speech to Text - Speech | General availability
The Speech to Text service converts the human voice into the written word.
Text to Speech - Speech | General availability
The service synthesizes natural-sounding speech from the text in a variety of languages and voices that speak with appropriate cadence and intonation.
AlchemyVision - Vision | General availability
AlchemyVision is an API that can analyze an image and return the objects, people, and text found within the image. It can enhance the way businesses make decisions by integrating image cognition.
Visual Insights - Vision | Experimental
Visual Insights enhances the customer view by analyzing online photos and video to extract consumer insights related to interests, activities, hobbies, life events, and products.
Visual Recognition - Vision | Beta
Understand the contents of images and video frames.
AlchemyData News - Data Insights | General availability
AlchemyData provides news and blog content enriched with natural language processing to allow for highly targeted search and trend analysis. You can query the world's news sources and blogs like a database.
Tradeoff Analytics - Data Insights | General availability
Helps users make better choices to best meet multiple conflicting goals.
Here are some examples of how partners are leveraging Watson’s capabilities today:
- Bringing personalised shopping to your fingertips by quickly discovering relevant clothing items based on responses to a series of questions.
- Changing the face of veterinary medicine through a mobile app that helps vets identify potential conditions and practice evidence-based medicine in the treatment of animals.
- Helping hotel concierge and front desk staff quickly address guest needs and enquiries. Guests could lounge at a hotel pool and have their drinks delivered by simply texting the request from their phone.
- Providing instant answers to people’s most pressing questions. For example, someone can now ask on their mobile device, “Where can I pay my parking ticket?” or “When do the council collect the recycling waste?” and an answer will be delivered straight to their fingertips
View the Watson tools available in more detail (link opens in a new window)