2017 ended with some great news. We at Unbxd, recently took part in the Amazon AI Conclave. And we won! For the uninitiated, Amazon AI Conclave is a two-day event conducted by Amazon to showcase the increasing importance of AI among emerging startups. The event focuses on knowledge sharing and culminates with an award function to recognise pathbreaking innovations in AI. B2B and B2C companies offering AI-based solutions that leverage any of Amazon’s AWS services were open to apply for the awards. We made it to the shortlist in our category (Retail & eCommerce) from over 300 applicants offering different AI solutions across Education, Retail and eCommerce, Media and Entertainment, and Financial Services, among others. The shortlisted companies were expected to present their story to the jury, in order to win. The winner was chosen based on the presentation, understanding of the problem and how AI and ML helps solve it, scalability of the solution and its impact on the end customer. The power-packed jury included Head of AWS India Bikram Bedi, CEO of Times Internet Gautam Sinha, Goibibo’s Founder & CEO Ashish Kashyap, and many more stalwarts from the industry. It was pretty amazing that we not only won in our category but also scored a special mention! Prasad Joshi, Head of Data Science & Relevance, who presented our story says, “What stood out for us and helped us win was our vision for the future. Our understanding of the subtle nuances in search and product discovery as you move from vertical to vertical was one of the key differentiators that set us apart from the others in our category. It was this no-one-size-fits-all approach to problem-solving along with our ability to build pluggable ML modules in line with the customer’s requirement that ultimately took us to the win.” This award validates our commitment to solving the search and product discovery challenge in eCommerce. We couldn’t have asked for a better end to the year. 2018, here we come!
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