Industry, academics invited to design AI tool to help Veterans

Annual competition: The 2020 AI Tech Sprint


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The 2020 AI Tech Sprint centers around interventions for Veterans who are not currently served by VA. The 12-week engagement is designed to foster collaboration with industry and academic partners by designing an AI-enabled tool that leverages federal data to address a need for Veterans.

The goal of this AI Tech Sprint is to help improve Veteran health and well-being for Veterans not served by VA.

Sprints enable a novel, nimble approach to enabling innovation and product ideation that paves the way for future partnerships. This year’s Sprint incorporates feedback from our previous Sprint, including from a session held at VA after a White House event last year. We summarized lessons learned and produced the first training document for how to implement these Tech Sprints, drawing on combined interagency knowledge and experiences.

Goal is to help Veterans not served by VA

The goal of this AI Tech Sprint is to help improve Veteran health and well-being. The emphasis is on new collaborations among participants and a digital tools ecosystem to help interventions for Veterans not currently served by VA. Throughout the AI Tech Sprint, VA will support with expert opinions and potential datasets to help guide participant teams through the Sprint.

Teams that create innovative and valuable submissions can receive verbal recognition at an end-of-Sprint Demo Day. They also might receive financial compensation. Several participants of last year’s Sprint were awarded cash prizes or invited to conduct pilots within VA or another agency. To read more about last year’s Sprint and participants, see this previous blog post.

To find more, including how to participate, visit the National Artificial Intelligence Institute (NAII) AI Tech Sprint web page. You also can send an email message to NAII@va.gov.

The event will run from mid-August to early-November.


This blog is courtesy the National Artificial Intelligence Institute.

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