Nextgov: GSA Launches AI Challenge Inspired by Pandemic Needs

“Sponsored by GSA’s Technology Transformation Service, the Applied AI Challenge is a competition featuring displays of competitors’ AI tech services that can tackle social and environmental issues stemming from COVID-19.

The opportunity emphasizes small businesses and diverse firms run by women, veterans, or minorities. A total cash prize of $50,000 is available to the winner…”

“Some of the focus areas include water treatment and infrastructure, pandemic readiness via supply chain resiliency and drug discovery, weather prediction and climate modeling, and food security agriculture.

All projects are related to the theme of improving public service from the federal government via AI technology, a goal several agencies have taken an interest in over time. Back in June 2021, the Biden Administration launched the National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource Task Force pursuant to the 2020 National AI Initiative Act…”

“’AI technologies are advancing quickly and the federal government is committed to leveraging the power of innovative and novel AI-based solutions,’ the challenge’s problem statement reads. ‘We seek to improve public service quality through the adoption of AI software and systems.’…” Read the full article here.

Source: GSA Launches AI Challenge Inspired by Pandemic Needs – By Alexandra Kelley, April 18, 2022. Nextgov.

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