During National Apprenticeship Week a few of our students took part in a challenge organised by IBM. Find out how one of our Degree Apprentices, Samuel Okusaga got on.
On Tuesday the 4th March, as part of the National Apprenticeship Week 2019, I attended an event held at IBM together with a few of my fellow Pearson colleagues.

The event was about artificial intelligence - using visual recognition software and how/where this can be used. As part of this event, we were tasked with completing a 3-hour workshop, where we had to come up with an idea, business and trained system for real life uses of such technology. We then had to present our ideas to a judging panel at the end of the day.

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Group and team structure

There were a total of 6 groups/teams.

All groups had amazing business ideas on how visual recognition can be used.

Examples of where visual recognition could be used included:

  1. Drones for rescue teams. So, instead of using a helicopter, drones can be sent out and cover a wider area much quicker.

  2. Self-drive cars - use VR instead of laser technology.

  3. Tourism - tourists could use an app, take a picture of a building anywhere in London and receive historical information about it.

  4. Parking - to detect illegal parking on double yellow lines or double parking in car parks.

  5. Lastly a very similar idea to ours about identifying dog breeds and providing care information for that specific breed.

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We were all questioned Dragons Den style on our ideas and the winning team received a Betron Bluetooth speaker each. Unfortunately, my team didn't win however it was a very interesting and fulfilling experience!