Natural Language & Text Analytics API Hackathon Winners Announced

1,000 participants competed in the first ever hackathon leveraging the knowledge graph and disambiguation via API to develop new apps that unlock the value of language with advanced artificial intelligence capabilities

Addressing enterprise-scale text analytics problems by unlocking the full business potential of data language. That’s the guiding principle behind the first ever hackathon from, enabling an agile way to develop and scale natural language aware applications by using the NL API.

The hackathon, which ran on the Devpost platform from January 10 to February 22, 2021 with 5 prizes awarded, hosted an AI software engineering community of 1,000 developers worldwide. Participants were tasked with creating or enhancing an existing app by embedding natural language processing, word meaning disambiguation and sentiment analysis capabilities from the NL API. Judges based project evaluations on three main criteria: creativity and uniqueness, integration with the NL API and implementation quality, impact and potential value to users. Natural Language & Text Analytics API Hackathon Winners:

  • First place ($5,000): Peer Reviewers App which leverages the NL API to extract key phrases to perform document similarity to help recommend peer reviewers for academic and scholarly journals and articles. Papers’ topics and main sentences are used to build an intelligent query to retrieve the best matching document from a document store built using Azure Cognitive Search
  • Second place ($2,500): Legal Expert. Inspired by a real legal case, the app enables a complete analysis and summarization of legal documents, streamlining entity extraction (people, companies, and much more.)
  • Third place ($1,000): Markup Expert helps you generate structure-data markup by analyzing the content of webpages, e.g. blog entries and articles, to suggest (which is supported by major search engines including Google, Bing, Yandex and Yahoo!) markups that can be added to your website.
  • 1st honorable mention ($500): Timeless AI. How many times do you find yourself skipping through a YouTube timeline trying to find a specific part of a long video or tutorial? This app provides a seamless learning experience by reducing time and hassles in finding specific pieces of information in videos.
  • 2nd honorable mention ($500): AI Tutor. Covid-19 has severely disrupted education, and there is a need for solutions supporting the learning experience. Designed for students, this app automatically generates questions for any content, and students can explore areas and subjects they need to improve as well as related content of interest.
  • 3rd honorable mention ($500): Business Card Wallet scans business cards and adds them to an app wallet. App users can make calls or send email from there; additionally, they can export contacts to their phones, and easily find name, company, title/job, address, email, etc.

“The number and variety of submissions to the NL API hackathon are remarkable,” said Marco VaroneChief Technology Officer at“We have long believed in the power of our natural language and to see how developers and students are adopting our technology to create new and better solutions is an exciting moment.”

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