When a disaster strikes, quick and accurate situational information is critical to an effective response. Before responders can act in the affected area, they need to know the location, cause and severity of damage. But disasters can strike anywhere, disrupting local communication and transportation infrastructure, making the process of assessing specific local damage difficult, dangerous, and slow.
Raw Imagery is Not Enough
Satellite imagery can provide unbiased overhead views, but raw imagery is not enough to inform recovery efforts. High-resolution imagery is required to see specific damage conditions, but because disasters cover a large ground area, analysts must search through huge swaths of pixel space to localize and score damage in the area of interest. Then annotated imagery must be summarized and communicated to the recovery team. It is a slow and laborious process.
Solving a Common Problem
Recognizing an opportunity to solve a key analytical bottleneck, the Defense Innovation Unit, together with other Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Recovery (HADR) organizations, is releasing a new labeled, high-resolution satellite dataset and a challenge to the computer vision community.
Total Prize Pool
The pace of innovation in both computer vision and satellite imagery have been increasingly rapidly. Much of that innovation is happening at universities, startups, and the commercial sector. To maximize the community of solvers who are able to participate in the Challenge, we have implemented three separate submission tracks for this Challenge. Solvers may choose to participate in whichever track best suits their needs:
Track 1: Open Source
If you choose to participate in Track 1, you agree to release your code under one of the approved permissive open source licenses: Apache 2.0, BSD, LGPL, or MIT. Participants in this track are eligible for both the main award pool and additional incentives reserved for Open Source submissions only.
Additional award: $25,000
Track 2: Government Purpose Rights
If you choose to participate in Track 2, you agree to grant non-exclusive Government Purpose Rights for your solution, and will be eligible for the main award pool.
1st – $37,950; 2nd – $28,750; 3rd – $23,000; 4th – $17,000; 5th – $8,300
Track 3: Evaluation Only
If you choose to participate in Track 3, you grant us only the minimal rights required to evaluate your submission and display results on the Challenge leaderboard. Track 3 participants are eligible for a special award pool, which is smaller than the main award pool.
1st – $3,000; 2nd – $2,500; 3rd – $2,000; 4th – $1,500; 5th – $1,000
All tracks are eligible for follow-on acquisition opportunities. For more detail on submission tracks and requirements.