What is Watson?

Watson is IBM’s cognitive computing technology that understands structured and unstructured data and reasons to create hypotheses. It also learns from collaboration and interacts with humans in a natural way.

Cognitive solutions can enhance human expertise. They can, for example, provide insights and answers to challenging questions in any industry, across all businesses and fields of expertise – including where your customers depend on you.

Watson Build is a global challenge which purpose is to help imagine and build a cognitive solution.

We took a part with a solution that we call GDPR and Privacy AI Miner

At Elinar we are creating cognitive solutions for data and information management. We are thrilled with opportunities for artificial intelligence and machine learning. So taking a part in Watson Build was obvious for us.

GDPR means (EU) General Data Protection Regulation and becomes enforceable next year after a two-year transition period. The regulation states for example that individuals can ask what information companies have about them – and delete that information. Sanctions for violations can reach up to 20 million € or up to 4 % of yearly global turnover.

The AI Miner can tell does any data mass contain private data and records that go under the upcoming regulation. The solution uses IBM Watson APIs (Application Programming Interface) and you can use it via the IBM Bluemix platform.

Trainable artificial intelligence learns from sample material what kind of expressions and such the data of the company uses. Then the solution can easily discover any desired privacy data: You can use the Miner engine for not just GDPR data discovery but for basically any data discovery needed.

Towards the European finals in Cannes

A month or so ago they selected us for Watson Build European finals with around 30 other companies. IBM Experts have technically proved our solutions and we gave a 20-minute pitch about it. Obviously a winning pitch as next we could say:

New York, here we come!

After the Cannes event, we started waiting for the results. A week ago – as we were participating IBM Finland Watson Helsinki Summit – we got the message that they selected as a wildcard competitor for the Watson Build finals in New York!

There are, after all, only two finalists from the whole of Europe and only eight finalists from the whole world.

So the finals will take place on Thursday 2nd November. We are thrilled to be there!

Read more about our solution.