Teams of 2 to 5 college students (ages 18 through 25) will have the opportunity to think about a problem relating to environmental sustainability and then design possible solutions to these issues through the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Cloud.
Chicago is the 18th most polluted city in the United States. Air pollution can increase the risk of chronic illnesses like heart and lung diseases and contribute to worse outcomes for people living with certain health conditions.
In recent years, concerns about lead contamination in the water supply in the Chicago area has resurfaced as an important environmental issue. Other issues facing the community's water quality include plastic pollution in waterways, sewer overflow and regional flooding.
Urbanization, invasive species and other disturbances have caused habitat loss and contributed to population declines of many plant and animals including bird species and pollinators. How can this loss be reversed in the Chicago Metro area?
Access to outdoor recreation
Benefits of outdoor recreation on physical and mental health and overall well-being are broadly established. Unfortunately, in Chicago, like many urban areas, disinvestment in neighborhoods spills over into green spaces, which are then often poorly maintained or nonexistent.
Artificial intelligence enables computers and machines to mimic the perception, learning, problem-solving, and decision-making capabilities of the human mind.
Cloud computing is on-demand access, via the internet, to computing resources—applications, servers (physical servers and virtual servers), data storage, and more—hosted at a remote data center managed by a cloud services provider (or CSP).
We understand that AI and Cloud are broad topics. If you are interested in honing your proposal to a more specific technology, you can learn about the following, in addition to the core competencies above.
Competition launch & registration
Details of the competition will be announced, registration will open, and participants can gain access to online resources.
Project exploration, design, & build
Student teams will learn about AI and Cloud and apply their learning to a project.
Teams submit their final projects for judging in the Chicago Metro EdTech Youth Challenge.
Four (4) teams will be selected as semi-finalists. The semi-finalist teams will then attend a virtual one-day design session to build out their solution ideas with the help of experts from IBM, the Wildlife Habitat Council, and our partners. At the end of the design session, one (1) winning team will be announced.
An awards ceremony will be held following the announcement of the winning team.
The winning team will have a virtual 2 week-long internship with experts from IBM and our partners to implement their solutions.
- 01 April 2021Competition launch & registration
- 01 April 2021Exploration, design, & building projects begins
- 01 June 2021Formal registrations close
- 15 June 2021Initial virtual design session and checkpoint #1
- 15 July 2021Purpose virtual summit and checkpoint #2
- 13 August 2021Submission deadline
- 03 September 2021Semi-finalist teams announced
- 10 September 2021Virtual design workshop for semi-finalist teams, final presentations, judging, and awards ceremony
- 17 September – 01 October 2021Virtual internship with IBM and partner experts
Employees from IBM and our partners are eligible to participate in judging, providing technical advisory, design workshop facilitation, and other activities. Please use the link below to register your interest in helping with the Chicago Metro EdTech Youth Challenge.