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Tech Mahindra, GCAS launch AI challenge to combat climate change

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Tech Mahindra, a digital transformation, consulting and re-engineering services and solutions provider, announced its partnership with the (GCAS) to launch AI4Action, the first global (AI) challenge aimed at delivering solutions for climate change.

The competition will challenge students from schools, colleges, universities and corporates in four major cities - San Francisco, New York, and - to come up with creative, AI-powered applications over the next year that will help tackle climate issues impacting the

and GCAS will select ten finalists that can demonstrate for climate action. The overall winner must present an actionable idea that can be transformed into a in time for the Climate Summit in 2019.

"This challenge mobilises some of the brightest minds, utilising the most advanced technology, to imagine - and pursue - solutions to the climate crisis that do not even exist today," said Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Group, added, "The world has a historic opportunity to reboot future development with de-carbonised, AI will be a powerful new tool in the fight against climate change and the more businesses that get behind this technology, the faster we can all transition to a cleaner, more Tech Mahindra's initiative along with the global partners is a step in the right direction."

will supply an open source AI platform, Acumos, co-developed with and hosted by the Foundation, that will allow participants to build, share and deploy their AI-driven models for tackling climate change. Acumos will provide a collaborative marketplace for accessing, using and enhancing AI models and software. Developers and businesses will be able to use the platform to string together to create complex and sophisticated AI services.

Foundation Executive Director, Jim Zemlin, said: "The potential uses for AI are limitless, and taking advantage of this rapidly advancing to address climate change - an issue that affects us all - is the best use case I can envision. The Foundation is proud to support this important initiative. We are thrilled to see the Acumos AI project leveraged for such a positive purpose through the challenge."

CP Gurnani, of Tech Mahindra, added: "At we are committed to leveraging next like that will enable a sustainable society and Our goal with AI4Action is to leverage the latest in to combat climate change, one of the most pressing issues of our time. We are excited to collaborate with our partners and create the first ever global 'AI for Action' movement."

This announcement comes at the back of Tech Mahindra's commitment to create a sustainable future and mitigate the impact of climate change by harnessing next like AI.

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First Published: Fri, September 14 2018. 18:40 IST