College of Business Administration Faculty Member Asked to Serve as Expert Advisor and Mentor for XP

Kent, Ohio - Nov. 10, 2016

Craig ZamaryCraig Zamary, lecturer in the Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship at the Kent State University College of Business Administration, has been asked to serve as an Expert Advisor and Mentor for the XPRIZE Foundation in California.

The IBM Watson AI XPRIZE encourages innovation in any form and invites teams to create their own goal and solution to a grand challenge by using artificial intelligence. It is a four-year competition and the top three finalists will compete for the Grand Prize at TED in 2020. XPRIZE, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is the global leader in designing and implementing innovative competition models to solve the world's grandest challenges. Active competitions include the $30M Google Lunar XPRIZE, the $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, the $15M Global Learning XPRIZE, the $10M Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, the $7M Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, $7M Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE and the $5M IBM Watson AI XPRIZE.

"I am humbled by the offer and look forward to serving and working with teams to find ways that humans can collaborate with artificial intelligence to solve the world's greatest challenges," said Zamary.

"Craig's affiliation with the XPRIZE Foundation is yet another example of the reach of Kent State's College of Business Administration," Dean Deborah F. Spake, Ph.D. "Our business students are fortunate to be taught by faculty such as Craig who impacts the innovation and thought leadership in this field."

Zamary is a serial entrepreneur, board member, advisor and faculty member in the Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship. He is also an advisor to USAID Global Innovation Exchange, a contributor to the Huffington Post and has served as a senior advisor to The Kauffman Foundation overseeing the development and implementation of the Entrepreneur in Residence Program for a select group of Community Colleges across the United States to build their Entrepreneurship Programs and local ecosystem.

Zamary has helped and advised numerous companies, government organizations and nonprofits and has appeared in national and international television and online media outlets; such as: Huffington Post, Cisco Entrepreneur Institute, Kauffman Foundation,, Fast Company, Cnet, HI Velocity Media, Inside Business, Reuters, Ohio Means Business, and was an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Nominee.

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