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Summarizing News at Junction 2017

Using the power of machine learning to automatically write summaries or headlines for news articles

This week, Europe’s biggest hackathon Junction takes place in Dipoli, Otaniemi. Together with Nordcloud, we are welcoming all AI-minded hackers to join our challenge and revolutionize the news. Our machine learning specialists and cloud architects will be there to support all the competing teams to help them achieve their very best.

About Junction

Junction is a converging point thousands of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs from around the world. In 2016, Junction provided the biggest hackathon experience in Europe by bringing together 1300 participants from over 70 countries. This year it’s even bigger – 1500 participants representing over 90 nations!

Hackathons are all about taking something you love, combining it with tech and learning something in the process. Junction brings together hackers, designers, the coolest partners and hardware for one weekend of hacking.

Junction is not your standard cafeteria hackathon. Junction is meant to be seen, to be heard, to be felt and most importantly to be experienced. Held annually in the cold and slushy Helsinki of late November, Junction is bound to be an unforgettable experience. Junction is the place to design and develop your ideas into actual projects together with like-minded hackers. (text from hackjunction.com)

Our challenge

William Shakespeare said, “brevity is the soul of wit”. With access to more computing power than ever before, machine learning is poised to revolutionize news. People in the digital generation want to consume more news, but they don’t always have time to do so. Help us help them by using the power of AI to convert short news articles into condensed, easy-to-digest summaries or headlines, along with a use case and working demo (web app).

Text summarization is a challenging field that requires some machine learning chops, but a lot of creativity, too — for that reason, we don’t have any hard tech requirements in our challenge. Participants are free to use any learning algorithms, software packages and ready-made services they want. For that all important computing power, we’ve teamed up with AWS to provide contestants with cloud compute to run their models on.

By using the best of what ML and AI have to offer the challenge is to build a text summarization/headlining engine. Solutions will be judged based on the performance and flexibility of the summarization engine and application originality. The winning team will be awarded with Echo Dot 2nd Generation voice-controlled devices and AWS credits.

See you at Junction?

With great challenge we also bring the sweetest atmosphere to the AI track with a candy buffet at our stand. 🍭 You can also find us at the Meeting Area on Saturday telling about our(s and Nordclouds) job opportunities. See you at Junction!

Photo: Junction 2016

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