Acumos AI Challenge Debuts
June 1, 2018
AT&T and Tech Mahindra are sponsoring the Acumos AI Challenge.
The open source developer competition seeks innovative
artificial intelligence (AI) solutions.
Working with The Linux Foundation, the companies encourage
students, developers and data scientists to submit their
ground-breaking AI solutions for the chance to win prize money
and industry recognition. All eligible AI solutions will be
available as open source in the Acumos Marketplace.
AT&T and Tech Mahindra will award $100,000 in prizes, and the
finalists will have the chance to travel to San Francisco to
pitch their solutions on Sept. 11. Finalists could also have
their models featured in the Acumos Marketplace and win meetings
with AT&T and Tech Mahindra executives.
Acumos AI is a Linux Foundation platform and open source
framework that makes it easy to build, share and use AI
applications. The platform, hosted by The Linux Foundation’s LF
Deep Learning Foundation, simplifies development. and provides a
marketplace for accessing, using and enhancing AI apps.
AT&T and Tech Mahindra created the Acumos AI Challenge to enable
and speed AI adoption and innovation. It also recognizes
developers who are paving the future of AI.
The Acumos AI Challenge is seeking AI solutions across:
5G & SDN – Apps that improve the overall performance and
efficiencies of 5G networks and software-defined networking.
Media & Entertainment – AI models targeting use in media or
entertainment. 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 like advanced threat
protection, cyber security, IoT security, etc.
Enterprise Solutions – AI models targeting enterprise use, like
solutions for automotive, home automation, infrastructure and
“We’re thrilled to host this challenge. This is an opportunity
to recognize those who are leading the way in AI development,”
said Mazin Gilbert, vice president of Advanced Technology, AT&T
Labs. “We can’t wait to see what inventive solutions come from
cross-collaboration and ultimately enable us to create global
harmony in AI.”
Acumos AI Challenge is an exciting forum for bright minds to
come together and co-create cutting-edge solutions for the
future,” said Ashish Julka, senior vice president at Tech
Mahindra. “This initiative will yield innovative ideas to speed
AI adoption across businesses and help address large problems in
“The Acumos AI Challenge provides a great incentive for
developers and data scientists to look at new and creative ways
to use and share AI applications and models across industries,”
said Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin. “This is
what the Acumos AI project was first created to do, and we
applaud AT&T and Tech Mahindra for stepping up to encourage and
accelerate adoption, collaboration and sharing.”
This challenge underscores AT&T’s commitment to open source. At
the root of AT&T’s open source strategy is Network AI, the
company’s framework of open source projects, including Acumos
AI, Akraino, ONAP and DANOS, and fueled and accelerated by
The Acumos AI Challenge showcases how a focus on open source
will help drive innovation and deploy new solutions faster and
We will accept submissions May 31–Aug. 5.
Learn more about the challenge and how to enter at