OpenCV AI Competition

An international AI competition celebrating OpenCV's 20th anniversary starts on Jan 12, 2021.

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Introduction

Welcome to the OpenCV AI Competition 2021, sponsored by Microsoft Azure and Intel. This year’s competition will be focused on solutions solving real world problems using spatial AI. Teams will  use the new OpenCV AI Kit D (OAK-D) to solve their challenge areas. The OAK-D is a smart camera with neural inference and depth processing capability on board. 

Due to our sponsor’s generosity, we are giving away 1200 (WOW!) OAK-D devices to Phase 1 winners to help them build solutions during Phase 2. 

Thank you so much for being part of our community and we look forward to seeing your submissions.

The OAK-D Device

1200 OAK-D devices will be given to phase one winners to help them complete their phase two projects. The OAK-D is a variant of the OpenCV AI Kit (OAK) capable of Spatial AI.

What is Spatial AI? It’s the capability to for AI to be applied to the physical world – to tell you what an object is and where it is in 3D space – in real time.

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It does this by running object detection off of its integrated 12MP RGB camera and combining hte results with its integrated stereo-depth engine. You can run a variety of deep learning models support by OpenVINO and OAK-D automatically augments them with spatial data from the integrated stereo depth engine.

The OAK-D Device

1200 OAK-D devices will be given to phase one winners to help them complete their phase two projects. The OAK-D is a variant of the OpenCV AI Kit (OAK) capable of Spatial AI.

What is Spatial AI? It’s the capability to for AI to be applied to the physical world – to tell you what an object is and where it is in 3D space – in real time.

It does this by running object detection off of its integrated 12MP RGB camera and combining the results with its integrated stereo-depth engine. You can run a variety of deep learning models support by OpenVINO and OAK-D automatically augments them with spatial data from the integrated stereo depth engine.

It does this by running object detection off of its integrated 12MP RGB camera and combining hte results with its integrated stereo-depth engine. You can run a variety of deep learning models support by OpenVINO and OAK-D automatically augments them with spatial data from the integrated stereo depth engine.

Prizes

$400,000 in prizes, sponsored by Microsoft Azure and Intel

Phase 1 Prizes will be given to the top 210 teams.

Additional Prizes will be awarded to top completed projects.

Global Prizes will be awarded to the top projects across all regions:
Regional Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 teams within each geographical region. In addition, a popular vote will determine an additional prize for each region:

Regions

Different parts of the world have different local problems that AI can help solve. Part of the OpenCV mission is to spread AI knowledge and usage globally. We have therefore identified 6 competition regions in the world, and team finalists and prizes will be determined per region.

Categories

Our 2021 competition offers new opportunities and challenge categories in addition to long-standing challenge areas.

Phases

Phase 1 : Selection

The competition will consist of two phases; selection and finals. Starting 12 Jan 2021, teams may apply for the competition with a project proposal in one of the above categories The selection period will last for 15 days, ending on 27 Jan 2021. Proposals must include the following important sections:

  •  Team Name : We encourage people to use creative team names that include their University, Company, or City name + some creative phrase. E.g. San Diego Dolphins, or the Cambridge Turings.
  • Problem Statement : A description of a real-world AI problem and proposed solution using OAK-D within 3 months of effort.
  • Category: One of the seven categories. Note that evaluation is not dependent on category, so submit whatever application best fits your team.
  • Region: Where the team is located.
  • Team Capability : The qualification of the team.
  • Team Type :
    • General Team : Up to 4 members. Only 1 final submission allowed per team.
    • University Team : We want to encourage AI labs from universities to participate. If selected the university lab will receive 10 OAK-Ds. Universities may submit up to 2 submissions.

Team applications will be evaluated in one of two groups. 150 general teams (25 per region) + 60 University teams (10 per region) will be selected for the finals. The teams will receive:

  •  A free OAK-D for every team member (i.e. 4 for general team and 10 for university team) This is important for collaboration during COVID times.
  • Access to 100 hours of free processing time on Azure NC6 ( or equivalent Xeon Platinum instances ).
  • Access to Intel’s Dev Cloud
  • Support on our Slack channel for successful completion of the project.

Phase 2 : finals

The 210 teams selected for the finals will have 3 months to complete their project.  Finalist teams will be selected from all submissions by 11 Feb 2021.  Finalists will be awarded OAK-D devices to accomplish their projects, which will be mailed before the end of February. Finalists will have until 27 June 2021 to complete their projects, and winners will be selected by 12 July 2021.

Regional Prizes
We will choose 3 winners from each region based on the quality of submitted projects. In addition, we will have a Popular Prize awarded to the most popular project based on a public vote. The winners will receive the following monetary prizes:

  • First Prize : $5k
  • Second Prize : $3k
  • Third Prize : $2k
  • Popular Prize (by public vote) : $2k

Global Grand Prizes
In addtion, we will have three Global Grand Prizes for best projects across all regions. The winners will receive the following prizes:

  • First Prize : $20k
  • Second Prize : $10k
  • Third Prize : $5k

Submission Guidelines : Do's and Don’t

The organizers of the competition believe AI is like electricity with the potential to disrupt and transform many areas of our lives. It will have a positive impact on a wide variety of industries like autonomous driving, healthcare, agriculture, manufacturing, assistive technologies, entertainment, safety and security to name a few. We encourage submissions in all these areas. However, AI can also be used in ways that are unethical and/or discriminatory.

Participants should review the TensorFlow Responsible AI page as well as the Microsoft Responsible AI Resources page before submitting a proposal.

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