Charity named IBM beneficiary in contest to air February 14, 15 and 16
TORONTO, Feb. 7 /CNW/ - Leading relief, development and advocacy
organization World Vision has been named one of IBM's two non-profit beneficiaries in the
upcoming Jeopardy! contest between two of the quiz show's most
celebrated champions --- Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings --- and IBM's "Watson" computing system.
It's the first-ever man vs. machine Jeopardy! competition and will consist of two matches being played over three
IBM will donate 100 per cent of its winnings to charity with World
Vision to receive half and the US-based non-profit group World Community Grid receiving the other half. The grand prize will be $ 1 million US,
second place earning $300,000 US and third place $200,000 US.
World Vision has past links with Jeopardy! as Canadian-born game show
host Alex Trebek first traveled with World Vision Canada in 2002 to
Uganda. Since then he has been regularly involved with World Vision and
is often seen on the organization's television shows.
The contest airs February 14, 15 and 16 on CBS. Check your local
"It's an honour and a privilege to be a part of this exciting event in
IBM's history. IBM leads in the areas of technology and innovation and
we hope we can together continue to make a tangible difference in lives
of children all over the world. Go Watson!"
- Caroline Riseboro, Vice-President of Public Affairs, World Vision
"Watson" is a computing system that rivals a human's ability to answer
questions posed in natural language with speed, accuracy and
The Jeopardy! format provides the ultimate challenge because the game's
clues involve analyzing subtle meaning, irony, riddles, and other
complexities in which humans excel and computers traditionally do not.
"Watson" was named after IBM founder Thomas J. Watson and was built by a
team of IBM scientists
World Vision is a leading Christian relief, development and advocacy
organization dedicated to working with children, families and
communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Inspired by our
Christian values, we are dedicated to working with the world's most
vulnerable people. We serve all people regardless of religion, race,
ethnicity or gender.
SOURCE World Vision Canada
For further information:
Julia Rim Shepard, 905-565-6200 x 2496, cell: 416-902-0716, Julia_RimShepard@WorldVision.ca