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Time is Running Out to Enter the Acumos AI Challenge

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We’re only 5 days away from the finish line of the Acumos AI Challenge!

The challenge, sponsored by AT&T and Tech Mahindra, is an open source developer competition for the Acumos AI platform seeking innovative artificial intelligence (AI) solutions. The companies, along with The Linux Foundation, encourage students, developers and data scientists to submit their ground-breaking AI solutions for a chance to win a share of $100,000 in prize money and industry recognition.

So far, more than 250 developers, students, and data scientists have registered for the challenge. The submission deadline is fast approaching, so we are encouraging all others who have a great idea for an AI solution to submit by 11:45pm US Pacific this Sunday, August 5.

The Challenge is looking for AI solutions across any and all use cases from 5G and SDN to enterprise solutions to media and entertainment. So, show us what you’ve got!

The top three teams will win a trip to participate in the finals at AT&T Spark in San Francisco on September 10, where the 1st place team will win the $50,000 grand prize. The 2nd and 3rd place teams will each be awarded $25,000. Plus, all finalists will have their solution featured in the Acumos Marketplace, receive PR exposure, and have the opportunity to meet with AT&T and Tech Mahindra executives during the event. In addition, all eligible AI solutions entered will be made available as open source in the Acumos Marketplace. For the rules of the Challenge, including who can participate, please see

A getting started guide is available to download, and any questions about the challenge can be directed to We look forward to checking out your solution!

Join Us at Acumos AI Day

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Join us in Paris on July 13 at the Open Source Acumos AI Day

Please join us on July 13 for the Open Source Acumos AI Day in Paris hosted by Orange and sponsored by Nokia. The Open Source Acumos AI Day in Paris is a seminar featuring business leaders and industry experts, with a strong focus on open source strategies for Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Deep Learning.

The Open Source Acumos AI Day in Paris will showcase open source analytics and AI strategies from network operators and hardware providers. It will highlight the growing role of open source software in the development of an AI marketplace. Discussions will also profile the LF Deep Learning Foundation, the umbrella project hosted by The Linux Foundation to further open source collaboration in the AI, ML and DL space. The Acumos AI Project is an LF Deep Learning Foundation project.

Come to hear a great range of talks from experts at Orange, DT, Tech Mahindra, Nokia, Huawei, IBM, and the Linux Foundation. See the full schedule and register today by visiting the event page. There is no registration fee for this event.

We look forward to seeing you there!
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The Linux Foundation Announces the Acumos AI Challenge for Developers

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Seeking Innovative and Ground-Breaking Artificial Intelligence Solutions

SAN FRANCISCO, May 31, 2018The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced the Acumos AI Challenge, sponsored by AT&T and Tech Mahindra. The Acumos AI Challenge is an open source developer competition seeking innovative, ground-breaking artificial intelligence (AI) solutions from students, developers, and data scientists. The Acumos AI Challenge will foster development of AI models for the Acumos AI Project, an AI project of The Linux Foundation and supported by The Linux Foundation’s LF Deep Learning Foundation.

AT&T and Tech Mahindra are awarding $100,000 in prizes, as well as the chance for finalists to travel to San Francisco to pitch their solutions during the finals on September 11, 2018. All eligible AI solutions will be available as open source in the Acumos Marketplace.

“We created the Acumos AI Challenge to recognize developers who are paving the future of AI development, and helping to accelerate AI adoption and innovation,” said Mazin Gilbert, VP of Advanced Technology, AT&T.

The Acumos AI Project is a federated platform for managing AI and machine learning (ML) applications and sharing AI models. AT&T and Tech Mahindra contributed the initial Acumos code, now freely available for download, to the new LF Deep Learning Foundation, a project of The Linux Foundation that supports open source innovation in artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep learning. With the Acumos platform, developers and data scientists gain a new industry standard for making AI applications and models reusable and easily accessible.

“This Challenge provides a fantastic opportunity for developers to start to dig into Acumos in order to ramp up adoption and collaboration,” said Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin. “The Acumos AI project was started by the LF Deep Learning Foundation community in order to provide a platform for developers and data scientists to freely share AI models and applications, so they are reusable and easily accessible.”

The Acumos AI Challenge is seeking AI solutions across all use cases. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • 5G & SDN – Apps that improve the overall performance and efficiencies of 5G networks and Software-Defined Networking.
  • Media & Entertainment – AI models targeting a media or entertainment use case. Examples include solutions for broadcast media, internet, film, social media, ad campaign analysis, video and image recognition, speech and sound recognition, video insight tools and more.
  • Security – AI apps around network security use cases such as advanced threat protection, cybersecurity, IoT security, etc.
  • Enterprise Solutions – AI models targeting an enterprise use case, including solutions for Automotive, Home Automation, Infrastructure and IoT.

The top three teams will each receive $25,000 cash, plus a trip to the finals in San Francisco in September. The team that wins the finale will take home an additional $25,000 grand prize, for a total of $50,000.

“The Acumos AI Challenge is an opportunity for the AI development community to create cutting-edge solutions with Acumos,” said Ashish Julka, Senior Vice President, Tech Mahindra. “We can tackle large problems with Acumos, and this initiative will yield innovative ideas to accelerate AI adoption across enterprises, and help them stay efficient and profitable,” he added.

The Acumos AI Challenge is accepting submissions between May 31 – August 5, 2018. The competition is open to U.S., District of Columbia and Puerto Rico residents of a majority age. Teams are required to submit a working AI model, test dataset and a demo video under three minutes. Teams can register for the Challenge beginning May 31, 2018. We encourage you to register early so that you can begin to plan and build your solution and create your demo video.

The Linux Foundation is hosting the Acumos platform and Acumos Marketplace and is focused on nurturing an active, large community around the project. To learn more, visit


About The Linux Foundation

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