The winners of the world’s only independently-judged awards celebrating Artificial Intelligence for Business, the AIconics, were announced this week at The AI Summit London, at the Business Design Centre in Islington.

With over 100 entries across eight award categories, the third edition of the AIconics awards set the bar at an unprecedented high. With a range of innovators from start-ups through to leading organisations competing against each other, the judges faced their toughest task to date.

The world-class judging panel for the London 2017 awards included leaders from major global enterprises, venture capital firms, pioneering research bodies and academia.

Always fiercely competitive, the Best AI Start-Up award was won by StatusToday, who have developed an AI-powered Insights Platform that understands human behaviour in the workplace, helping organisations ensure security, productivity and communication. There were separate awards recognising the best innovations in NLP and Deep Learning, with Arria NLG and Gluru coming out on top in these respective categories.

Following the significant advances made in chatbot technologies and applications in 2016, the Best Chatbot Experience award category was added to the AIconics repertoire in London, showcasing providers focused on revolutionising interaction between humans and machines across industries.

Reflecting the increasing interest and uptake in this market, it proved to be a very popular and closely contested category, but it was Artificial Solutions that took home the award for their ‘Teneo’ solution, which is able to understand more than 34 languages, including Japanese. After having demonstrated Teneo’s capabilities in a keynote earlier in the day, Artificial Solutions’ CSO Andy Peart delightedly accepted the award on stage.

While the companies that entered are largely focused on commercial applications, the Best Application of AI in the Enterprise award celebrates those putting forward the most comprehensive and effective solutions to the market across any industry. Luminoso won this flagship category for the combination of their two key products, Luminoso Analytics and Luminoso Compass. By quickly finding meaning and actionable insights in text-based feedback, these solutions enable enterprises to become customer-centric and remain competitive.

Daniel Pitchford, Director for the AIconics stated: “Since the first edition of the awards in London last year, we have grown from five categories to eight, and from 30 entries to more than 100. This growth is reflective of an AI ecosystem that is rapidly advancing in capability and enterprise application.” He added that “with the standard higher than ever, it was a big challenge for our judges to select the most innovative solutions that are transforming global businesses.”

The finalists and winners for each category are below.

| Category Shortlists |

BEST AI BREAKTHROUGH

SHORTLIST

Darktrace

Starmind

Luminoso

StatusToday

Optimizing Mind

Gluru

WINNER:

Starmind


BEST AI START-UP

SHORTLIST

Satalia

Tellmeplus

Arria NLG

StatusToday

Concured Ltd

Dataiku

WINNER:

StatusToday


BEST INTELLIGENT ASSISTANT INNOVATION

SHORTLIST

Starmind

Kami Intelligence Ltd

Nuance Communications, Inc.

Kasisto, Inc.

Creative Virtual

IPsoft

WINNER:

IPsoft


BEST INNOVATION IN NLP

SHORTLIST

IPsoft

Synechron

Arria NLG

SparkCognition

Kami Intelligence Ltd

Luminoso

WINNER:

Arria NLG


BEST APPLICATION OF AI IN THE ENTERPRISE

SHORTLIST

Creative Virtual

Vigilent

Kami Intelligence Ltd

Darktrace

Luminoso

Simudyne

WINNER:

Luminoso


BEST AI APPLICATION IN HEALTHCARE

SHORTLIST

Bluedrop Medical

Lexigram

WINNER:

Bluedrop Medical


BEST INNOVATION IN DEEP LEARNING

SHORTLIST

Deep Instinct

Gluru

HCL Technologies Ltd

Orpheus Capitals

Razorthink

WINNER:

Gluru


BEST CHATBOT EXPERIENCE

SHORTLIST

HCL Technologies Ltd

AceBot

Artificial Solutions

Kami Intelligence Ltd

Techbins Solutions Pvt Ltd

Acuvate

WINNER:

Artificial Solutions


AIconics Judges

Beena Ammanath
VP Innovation
General Electric

Laure Andrieux
Co-Founder
Project Juno

Ben Blume
Senior Associate
Atomico

Malika Cantor
Partner
Comet Labs

Libby Kinsey
Co-Founder
Project Juno

Sylvester Kaczmarek
Product Evangelist
Paw Project for Awesome

David Kelnar
Investment Director & Head of Research
MMC Ventures

 Jana Koehler
Professor of Computer Science & President SAIG
University of Lucerne

Vijay Reddy
Director
Intel Capital

Andy Simpson
Deep Learning Research Fellow
University of Surrey

Sebastian Spiegler
Co-Founder
Project Juno

Neville Teagarden
CEO
AI Capital

Clint Wheelock
Managing Director
Tractica

George Zarkadakis
Digital Lead
Willis Towers Watson