UT students take home top prize for IBM Watson app

Jan 16, 2015
Austin Business Journal

A group of students at the University of Texas at Austin have won IBM Inc.'s inaugural Watson University Competition, which challenges college teams to come up with innovative uses for IBM's Watson super computer


The UT team won $100,000 in seed funding for their Watson app, dubbed CallScout, which could help Texas residents get information about local social services programs


"This is more than a school project for us – it's about creating a sustainable business that addresses one of the key challenges we all face as Texas residents," said Bri Connelly, team leader and undergraduate Computer Science student at the University of Texas at Austin, in an announcement. "The opportunity to directly impact citizens of our home state was a huge driving force in our work"


Two other universities were runners-up in the contest. Students at the University of Toronto ranked in the top three for an app called Ross that answers legal questions and performs legal research, and students at the University of California - Berkeley created an an app called Patent Fox that aids in patent applications


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