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Build solns to help environment inside Seattle Spheres (40K plants + multiple data sensors). Build visual machine learning models to deliver alerts for environmental conditions incl. soil/land pollution, loss of biodiversity, agricultural pollution, climate change, deforestation. $10K in cash prizes. With Amazon AWS & NVIDIA.
Friday, July 12, 2019 at 09:00 AM   $10
Bond Bushwick, 12 Park St

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Would you trade in your office for a four-story sphere surrounded by 40,000 plants? Here at AWS, we saw a gap in urban environmentalism & decided to take action by creating a direct link to nature through an innovative workspace: the Seattle Spheres.
We believe technological innovation can help in the fight to better our environment.
Because of this, we have partnered up with NVIDIA to bring you a hackathon around showcasing your own solutions around helping the environment or even expanding innovation inside the Seattle Spheres.
Whether you are passionate about stopping deforestation, tackling climate change, or are also interested in bringing nature into urban environments, we want to see what you can do. You bring the big ideas & we'll provide the AI tools & powerful cloud infrastructure for you to build your vision.

The spheres range from three to four stories tall, house 40,000 plants as well as meeting space & retail stores. The domes are kept at a temperature of 72 F (22 C) & 60 percent humidity during the daytime with sensors that collect data about temperature, humidity, light, CO2, dew point, & other environmental variables. They were created to not only provide a creative workspace for AWS employees but to be an example of how to think big about reintroducing nature into urban environments.Learn More About the Spheres By Clicking Here


Cash Prize:$ 5,000.00


Cash Prize: $ 3,000.00


Cash Prize: $ 2,000.00

Develop a visual machine learning model that deliver accurate alerts for a range of environmental conditions.
Example Topics:

Soil & Land Pollution

Loss of Biodiversity

Agricultural Pollution

Climate Change


Amazon SageMaker
Amazon SageMaker is a fully-managed machine learning platform that enables developers & data scientists to quickly & easily build, train, & deploy machine learning models at any scale. Amazon SageMaker includes the most common machine learning algorithms & is also pre-configured with the latest versions of frameworks such as TensorFlow & Apache MXNet.Learn more.
Amazon EC2 P3 Instances
With Amazon EC2 P3 instances, powered by the NVIDIA Volta architecture, you can significantly reduce machine learning training times from days to hours.Learn more.
NVIDIA GPUs along with the CUDA-X AI libraries are supported on AWS EC2 P & G instances as well as AWS SageMaker for Training & Inference. NVIDIA GPUs are the most widely adopted platform for DL training & the most performant for real-time inference & accelerate all deep learning frameworks. This complete platform saves data science researchers & developers time & money, letting them bring next-generation AI-powered services to life. Learn more.

Tuesday, July 9th:18:30 20:00 Pre-NVIDIA Environmental Hackathon Virtual Session via ZoomWebinar Link: Number:790 176 098
Friday, July 12th:09:00 - 10:00: Doors Open & Breakfast Served10:00 - 11:00: Opening Ceremony with Background information about the Seattle Spheres11:00: Coding Begins12:00 - 13:00: Lunch Served13:00 - 14:00: Coding18:00 - 19:00: Dinner Served20:00 - 20:30: Pitch Workshop24:00: Midnight Snack / Hack through the Night**The venue will be open & staffed overnight if you'd like to hack through the night.
Saturday, July 13th:07:00 - 08:00: Breakfast Served10:00 - 11:00: Pitch Practice Session12:00 - 13:00: Lunch Served13:00: Submission Deadline14:00 - 15:00: Judging/Demonstration (3min pitch w/ 2min Q&A)15:00 - 15:30: Judge Deliberation15:30 - 16:00: Closing Ceremony & Awards16:00: Event Close

Each submission will be scored in each round based on the following criteria with a minimum score of 0 & a maximum score of 20 points, with the final score being the average of the judges' scores:

Simplicity (5 points): Is the application simple to use & can the team explain it clearly in three sentences or less?
Creativity (5 points): How creative was the team in developing an innovative solution for the challenge?
Impact (5 points): Did the team create an application that can have a real & valuable impact?
Design/Visualization (5 points): Was the UX/UI intuitive & appealing?

Teams of up to 5 participants are allowed. All team members must have completed the participation agreement to compete.
Participants must be 18 years of age & citizens of the continental United States upon registration.
You may begin working on wireframes, designs, & workflows before the competition begins, but you can't begin building your actual project until the competition officially begins on July 12th. Please don't come in & build on top of previous projects if you want to win.
Winning teams will be subject to a code-review at some point following the event or immediately before winning.

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