As part of the 2012 celebrations for the Alan Tuiring centenary, the Bletchley Park Trust hosted the annual Loebner Prize competition to find the world’s best conversational computer programme. The contest was run by David Levy who won the prize in 1997 and 2009. The chatbot programmers competed for a coveted bronze medal and a prize fund of $7,000 sponsored by Dr. Hugh Loebner who founded the competition twenty years ago.
The Turing Centenary Loebner Prize competition took place on 15 May 2012 at Bletchley Park, starting at 1:00pm. A team from the University of Exeter‘s Computer Science department (Dr. Ed Keedwell, Max Dupenois and Kent McClymont) were running a LIVE webcast of the 2012 Loebner Prize and so, for the first time, interested people from around the world were able to follow the conversations the judges have as they happen.
The contest consisted of 4 rounds of 4 conversations with four chatbots:
1st Prize ($5,000) and the bronze medal was awarded to Chip Vivant created by Mohan Embar.
2nd Prize ($1,000) was awarded to Angela created by Bruce Wilcox.
3rd Prize ($750) was awarded to Adam created by Daniel Burke.
4th Prize ($250) was awarded to Linguo created by Marshall Allan from Australia.