Three winners were awarded $1 million in prizes at Nvidia’s Inception Awards, a challenge for AI startups. The finale was held at NVIDIA’s annual GPU Technology Conference in San Jose. There was a “Shark Tank” vibe to the proceedings for the six finalist teams, whittled down from a dozen semi-finalists. You can re-watch the competition on NVIDIA’s Ustream channel.
Four on-stage judges were given one minute to the ask questions after each AI startups’ five-minute presentation. The audience of about 650 was allowed to vote via an app, and the audience’s combined vote was averaged in as a fifth judge’s score, to determine the best AI startups.
The AI startups gave an interesting look at how AI is poised to dramatically challenge industries in three areas: healthcare, enterprise and autonomous systems. Each area included two AI startups, and the judging scores awarded one winner in each category. In healthcare, the winner was Subtle Medical; in enterprise, it was AiFi; and in autonomous systems, it was Kinema Systems.
Here is a look at all six finalists (with the three winners first), and what each is working on to attempt to positively change the future.