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We know achieving code mastery takes practice. So what better coding challenge than to add a little bit of fun, comradery and friendly competition along the way? Here at IBM, we sponsor a variety of challenges and hackathons covering cognitive, cloud, Internet of Things, AI and a lot more. And whether you’re a developer rookie or experienced veteran coder, you can find  a coding event to your liking with these upcoming challenges. We’ll be updating this list over the year so come back regularly to see what else we have in store for you!

IBM Cognitive and Topcoder Challenge: Learn about cognitive technologies and get hands-on experience.
Topcoder and IBM Cognitive have partnered to roll out a series of educational challenges that will help you learn everything you need to compete in development challenges for cognitive technologies. Join the developerWorks, Watson, and Bluemix teams on the Topcoder Cognitive Community!
Check the challenge site for more information and registration on all on-going challenges.
IBM developerWorks offers 90-days Bluemix trials for these challenges. You will need to register on the Topcoder cognitive community to create your account and compete.

Cognitive Builder Faires:
Start your data science and cognitive business journey by learning more about cognitive solutions like Watson and the IBM Bluemix Cloud platform! Join a community of data scientists and application builders for an amazing few days of learning and data innovation. Whether you’ve been a data scientist for years, or whether you are just getting started, this is the forum to engage with industry leaders from leading research institutes such as NASA, to level up your application building skills.
Upcoming dates: (Check back for registrations information)
San Francisco  8/11 to 8/13
Boston              10/6 to 10/8
Austin               10/13 to 10/15
NYC                  11/3 to 11/5

Unchain the Frame Virtual Hackathon: August 14 – November 15, 2017.
The Unchain the Frame Virtual Hackathon is your key to unleashing early success. That’s because this challenge is focused on some of the most rapidly growing technologies in the marketplace, including Blockchain, Machine Learning, and Open Source technologies, combined with Industry APIs and the most scalable and secure platform. The IBM Z mainframe. Yes. The mainframe! Read more and register.

Startup Weekend NYC Blockchain Edition – October 20 – 22, 2017
Learn to take blockchain ideas from concept to creation in one weekend! Startup Weekend Blockchain Edition, sponsored by IBM!
Startup Weekend is your chance to learn how to take any idea from concept to creation within a matter of days! Whether you are looking to:

  • get introduced to the world of startups and entrepreneurship,
  • learn the process for going from concept to creation,
  • meet experienced, talented, and passionate entrepreneurs in NYC,
  • join or build an all-star team,
  • learn and practice new skills to take back to your job, or
  • take your own idea from concept to creation

What’s the twist?
Blockchain edition means we will be focusing on ideas that utilize the power and potential of blockchain technology and design to solve problems. Blockchain technology gives us an opportunity to re-imagine how we move, transact, share, and track goods and services. Some argue that blockchain technology is like the next internet. That is, the internet was the enabler and delivery mechanism for some of the greatest ideas of the last 2 decades. Blockchain can do the same for the next couple of decades and this is our chance to be the first ones to embrace and build on it. Don’t miss this opportunity to get in on a new pioneering technology, early in the game!
Whether you are interested in the blockchain or not, the ultimate objective of the event is to empower you with a powerful process for taking any idea, blockchain-related or not, from concept to creation! Learn more and register!

IBM Watson AI XPRIZE:
The IBM Watson AI XPRIZE is a $5 million competition, challenging teams globally, to develop and demonstrate how humans can collaborate with powerful AI technologies to tackle the world’s grand challenges. The prize aims to accelerate adoption of AI technologies, and spark creative, innovative and audacious demonstrations of the technology that are truly scalable and solve societal grand challenges. To encourage innovation in any form, the competition is an open challenge in AI. Rather than set a single, universal goal for all teams, this competition will invite teams to each declare their own goal and solution to a grand challenge.
The IBM Watson AI XPRIZE is a four-year competition with annual milestone competitions in 2017, 2018, and 2019. The top three finalists will compete for the Grand Prize at TED 2020.
Learn more and register!

New to cognitive computing technology? Don’t really know where to start?
Look no further, developerWorks has all of the resources you need to get you started:

For more coding challenges and hackathons, please check the events page on developerWorks.
Happy coding!

Developers, test yourself with an IBM sponsored coding challenge or hackathon!
Developers, test yourself with an IBM sponsored coding challenge or hackathon!

 

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