Cohere and Qdrant Multilingual Semantic Search Hackathon: winner announcement

Tuesday, March 28, 2023 by Marek
Cohere and Qdrant Multilingual Semantic Search Hackathon: winner announcement

First Cohere and Qdrant is over!

First AI hackathon, where participants had to use both Cohere and Qdrant for their projects is over! It was a great challenge and even more inspiring journey for our community of builders, creators and innovators!

Many projects didn't use only Cohere and Qdrant technology, but also included many cutting edge technologies, such as ChatGPT. Also, worth mentioning, it was the first AI Hackathon where participants were provided with 5 categories and winners of those categories were announced finalists and were invited to the final pitch!


  1. Internal Knowledge base search
  2. Legal document search
  3. Forum Search
  4. Customer review
  5. Recommendations

And the main prize was:

  • $2,000 cash prize
  • $5,000 Cohere credits
  • $5,000 Qdrant Cloud credits
  • Virtual coffe with Nils Reimers, Director of Machine Learning at Cohere

And every category winner got:

  • $500 cash prize
  • $2,000 Cohere credits
  • $2,000 Qdrant Cloud credits
  • All finalists will receive swag and get featured on Cohere’s App Examples page
  • certificate and all channels promotion

And last, and not least, the important thing is that, for the first time, we invited a Wild Card finalist to present his projects and compete for the main prize. We want to give voice to our community and it was an amazing opportunity to do so!

Ok, but who won?

Let’s look at the numbers!

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If you want to know who won already, watch VOD from our AI stream. If you want to deep dive into the numbers, here they are:

  • 2143 participants from all over the world with different backgrounds, levels of expertise but connected with passion to AI innovations!
  • 138 teams formed by amazing people, who had a unique opportunity to build with Cohere and Qdrant technology, but had to overcome some minor difficulties like working in different time zones!
  • 22 outstanding prototypes matching at least one out of 5 categories!

As in the end it is a competition, our judges had to choose only one winner and to do so, they took into consideration all of the criterias below:

  1. Degree of completion
  2. Presentation Style
  3. Applicability
  4. Business value
  5. Degree of Innovation
  6. Originality
  7. Technology
  8. Realistic Capability Impact – How unique is it?
  9. Overall Impression

So don’t wait any longer - let’s meet the winning project alongside 4 finalists!

Winner - AI Brand Intel

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If you didn’t know, the winning project was created by one person - Misbah Syed, who already won the previous Cohere AI Hackathon. And the winner of the customer review category won the heart of judges due to its complexity, ready to market and many more! And short information about the app itself:

“Effortlessly keep track of social media and news mentions in more than 100 languages and provide response in the customer's preferred language with the help of AI technology”

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An amazing project was created by team Dragon. The winners of the** legal document category** created a tool to simplify legal documents to common use.

“Legal-ease is a web-app hosting a suite of tools useful for simplifying legal documents for common use.[...] This is great for people who don't have the time, are not native speakers of English or otherwise struggle with legal documents on a day to day basis.[...]”

Finalist - Joan Holloway

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Winners of the **internal knowledge base search category **presented a powered by ChatGPT API, Cohere, Qdrant and Whisper solution to “discover the power of of your corporate knowledge”

“[...] Recordings of presentations and meetings are the richest source of knowledge, but they were left outside knowledge management due to technical difficulties. Simple transcription and semantic search of that content could significantly boost corporate knowledge accessibility. [...]

Finalist - EaseFind

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A solution provided by team Savvy Synapses won the recommendations category, but none of the team members joined the winner announcement stream and had the opportunity to change judges' minds.

“[...] With the increasing volume of data generated every day, traditional keyword-based search engines can struggle to provide accurate and relevant results. This is where our solution comes in, offering a cutting-edge approach to search that enables customers to find what they're looking for quickly and easily. [...]”

Finalist and a community choice - Logos

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Amazing project that stole the heart of our community was from team Abacetes Voadores. An astonishing personal knowledge based assistant!

“We created Logos with the goal of enhancing people’s experiences in their relationship with their sources of knowledge: books and articles they read, podcasts and songs they listen to, videos they watch and spaces where they discuss. [...]”

Will there be no more AI Hackathons?

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That question couldn't be more wrong! is all about innovation and giving opportunities to people to build with AI, helping our community to grow and learn and shape the world. Over 42 000 people joined our mission and became the ambassadors of the AI revolution and we’re far from quitting here!

Stay tuned for more AI Hackathons, and for sure more with Cohere technology!

We want to help you grow, give you all of the tools to shape the future, and tailor solutions to solve the world's problems. To help you found your AI startup and be independent builder, creator and innovator.

That’s why we want to invite you to the second episode of Build your AI Startup Hackathon. A unique Hackathon, which focuses on assisting you to build the best MVP for your product and help you to bring it to the market. Know more about the first episode and join today!

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