Tidal energy proposal wins UF, IBM technology contest Florida Hacks with IBM

An all-female team of “hackers” was declared the winner on Thursday of the national technology contest – Florida Hacks with IBM – that called on participants to discover potential solutions to combat the effects of climate change. The team will be awarded a $30,000 grand prize. As winners, the team will also earn access to UF’s HiPerGator AI, one of the fastest supercomputers in U.S. higher education, to work on a future project of their choosing.

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AI Across the Curriculum

Boldly Fueling the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Artificial intelligence is more than just the next wave of high-tech. It is transforming nearly every sector of the economy. Using AI to analyze massive amounts of data has dramatically affected communications, accounting, finance, transportation, medicine, agriculture, and more.

The University of Florida is making artificial intelligence the centerpiece of a major, long-term initiative that is combining world-class research infrastructure, cutting-edge research, and a transformational approach to curriculum. Its depth is making the university a leader in AI research and development; its breadth will make sure every UF student develops a basic competency in AI regardless of their field of study.


The University of Florida’s AI initiative will make UF a national leader in AI and have far-reaching impacts for the university and its students and faculty. Equally important, it will play a crucial role in the transformation of Florida’s economy into a diversified, technology-driven, high-wage economy.


Building future economic growth


Emerging as a national leader in AI development and application


Creating Opportunities for our Students


The centerpiece of this initiative is the most powerful university-owned supercomputer in the U.S. which is made possible by the generosity of NVIDIA and NVIDIA co-founder and UF alumnus Chris Malachowsky. 

NVIDIA is the world leader in the development of processors that were originally designed for displaying realistic graphics. These processors are called GPU for graphics processor units. It was then found that these GPUs are also great for advanced scientific simulation and more recently that they are even better at performing the computing for AI tools and algorithms. 

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