The Elisa AI Co-Creation Challenge accelerates world-class artificial intelligence teams for creating new AI products and services. The winner will receive a prize of EUR 50,000 and pitch at Slush.

About Elisa

Elisa is a telecommunications, ICT and online service company serving 2.3 million consumer, corporate and public administration organisation customers. Elisa provides environmentally sustainable services for communication and entertainment, and tools for organisations to digitalise their operations and improve productivity.

In Finland, Elisa is the market leader in its field. Cooperation with Vodafone and Telenor enables globally competitive services. Elisa is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki Large Cap with approximately 190,000 shareholders. In 2017, Elisa’s revenue was 1.79 billion euros, and the company employed 4,600 people.

About the Challenge

In the Elisa AI Co-Creation Challenge, Elisa together with competing teams will explore the possibilities of transforming data into business. The teams will have the option of solving problems within the industry areas Elisa operates: entertaining, industrial IoT, telco processes, digital health and customer service.

Access will be given to the anonymized data needed to train AI models. For example voice recordings and transcripts could be used to create Finnish language voice recognition. Then participants will be guided through the process of creating a winning idea, testing & experimentation, building a minimum viable product and piloting with a customer. By the end of the competition the aim is to have business up-and-running in production.

MAY 16
The challenge is announced and submission of entries starts.

JULY 1 @ 23:59
The submission of entries ends.

The chosen participating teams are informed.

Co-Creation begins.

Semi-final pitching. Three finalists are announced.

Three finalists will pitch at Slush 2018, and the winner announced.

The Prize

The winning team will be announced between 4.- 5. December 2018. A prize of EUR 50,000 will be awarded in the challenge. The three finalist teams will also get to pitch their idea on stage. The best solutions will also have a great chance to do business with Elisa.

Focus Areas

We are looking for teams to create innovations in the following spaces:

  • Entertaining
  • Industrial IoT
  • Telco Processes
  • Digital Health
  • Customer Service

Please fill in the form below and hit send by 23:59 EEST on July 1, 2018.

Please provide a YouTube link to a ~ 3 minute video describing:

  1.  A summary of your teams background, skills and advantage.
  2.  A clear and concise description of your new innovation idea.

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In what way will the competition entries be protected?
The Elisa jury maintains confidentiality when handling the competition entries. 

Who holds the IPR of the competition entries?

The IPR are the property of the participants. IPR protection (e.g. patenting, trade mark registration) is solely responsibility of the competitor.