OpenCV AI Competition

An international AI competition celebrating OpenCV's 20th anniversary.

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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 19 days, ending on 31 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.
  • 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 announced on 3 Mar 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 11 July 2021 to complete their projects, and regional winners will be announced 26 July 2021. Grand Prize Winners will be announced 9 August 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

Phase 1 Winning Teams​

Congratulations! Winning teams will receive an email with more instructions within 48 hours.

North America - University Teams

  • Be Right There, Boston
    University of Colorado Denver LynxVision
    Okanagan Smart Composite Manufacturers
    The BenchBotics.
    University of Hawaii PL4STIC
    Little Rock-ies
    Flaming AI
    Ragin’ Cajuns
    Cornell Tech Abeona
    Cheyney AREL
    The Plant Doctors
    USC SAILers

North America - General Teams

  • American STEREOtypes
    Archangel
    Calgary Storm
    Crystal Ball Solutions
    CVPA
    Golden Pheonix
    intARact
    Maryland Monks
    MotionSmart
    Move Squad
    Peoria Pangolins
    Saran Bros
    ShareStreets CartOAKgraphers
    The Coding Cousins
    The Oly Shuckers
    Transient Vision Infinity
    Washington Monuments
    Waterloo Autono-Goose
    White Peacocks
    Auttowa Crusaders
    Falling Edge
    LightBuzz
    Social Distancers
    SP4RX
    DCToddlerBot
    Submatter
    The PingPongInators
    Lumber Labor Union
    Team GrandPlay
    The Meadows Architects
    Active Play Revolution
    The Tenacious Tennis Tater Tots (TTTTT)
    Inspiration-M
    Cortic Tigers
    See Clearly
    I, For One, Welcome Our New Dolphin Overlords
    Invasive Python Eradication & Survey Team (iPest)
    Kids Guardian Angel
    Orlando Frankensteins
    NORDIC AI
    Grand Tetonics
    Rise Line Engineering

Eastern Asia + South Eastern Asia - University Teams

  • Bee Nusantara
    Dong Lao Rangers
    Honor of Kings is not fun
    National Cheng Kung University’s Parkinson’s Disease Quantifiers
    Train & Track
    UTAR4Vision
    UTokyo Farmers
    Budacare 471
    Cheongju Eagles
    Taiwan Tech Tiger Team

Eastern Asia + South Eastern Asia - General Teams

  • Active Zone SG
    Baywatch
    Bit Bangkok
    Changchun DXG-s
    Chaseroos
    chengdu panda
    Computational ​​Koi Nerds
    Fearless Sunny Islanders
    Foresight for better ocean
    Inferq Beeblebrox
    MachineLearningTokyo – FishEye
    Mileshift Pokayoke
    NaRiPa VisionAIrs
    Rapyuta Robotics
    Sheares ChouChou
    Singapore Smart Farmers
    Team Oldie Goldies
    falcons
    Sing Sling
    Takao-GFalls
    Thanks for all the fish
    Tinkerers
    WBA-FL
    BIT Catching Fish
    Herb Hunter
    Mamaking
    Notty Boys (University of Nottingham Malaysia)
    Team WAKUWAKU
    Shanghai Frog
    Snow Riders
    Team SOAR (Smart Operations And Rescue)

South America + Central America + Caribbeans - University Teams

  • Re-Drawing Campinas
    UCB-Beavers
    UFAM Alligators
    VisiAr Austral (from Universidad Austral, Argentina)
    U-LAkesCV
    BogotaChildren-Signs&Expressions
    Copacabana Deep Farm
    UCB Squirrels

South America + Central America + Caribbeans - General Teams

  • Clara
    Eyes of Cassava
    Los guerreros Jaguar
    Multivac-GT
    QuetzalC++
    ROCFORT
    SHL Robotics
    Smart Sierras Solutions
    Temuco’s Volcanoes
    Vigilare
    Chelkatun Nauka
    Guará Wolves FTW (For the Win)
    Hats’i
    Ice Vulpix
    Mendoza Cracken13
    Quickium
    RoadEngin
    Robótica de la Mixteca
    Team WindNet
    Vecno Team Argentina
    Andean Horizon
    Green Dream at Ecatepunk
    MindLab – NutrAI
    VP ClimbingTeam
    Paisa-tech

Central Asia + Southern Asia - University Teams

  • HITEC Mirchi
    Vishnu Wizards
    Swarm Prodigies
    Romi Deltas
    Phoenix
    The NUST Griffin Case
    Alphabot
    Vishnu Techies
    Kool Kids from Kathmandu
    Kurukshetra Warlords

Central Asia + Southern Asia - General Teams

  • BITS Goa Grounders
    Bombay Vadapav
    Coimbatore Chanakyas
    Forus – Disha
    Kolkata Geek
    Team ZFighters
    Bangalore Vision
    clOAKs_n_Daggers
    EthicalSign
    India Visioners
    Tarsyer Watchers
    Tink Dynamics
    Adlytic: Lahore Retail AI
    Applied Vision Navigators
    Astana Steppewolves
    CODE Auth
    Deep Visionary
    Deepflow tesseract
    Future of Design
    Nep-Vision Rhinos
    NUST-Alpha
    Topspin Trackers
    Y Not We?
    Belligerent Bangaloreans
    Calcutta Devs
    Chennai_pipers
    FireAndIce
    Four Kaareegar
    Mumbai Coder
    Pandoras Box
    Pune AI Couple
    Chennai Pullingos
    PEC Parindas
    Tata Titans
    Vascu du Bengaluru
    Vision Bots Analytics, Islamabad, Pakistan.

Middle East + Africa - University Teams

  • PaLotus
    CEREBROS TEAM
    PalPose
    KAU Perceptrons United

Middle East + Africa - General Teams

  • Africa Business Integration (Pty) Ltd.
    AIC Hawks
    Cameroon School of AI
    DEV-X PATRIOT’S
    Egypt Iris
    FADE Israel
    Green Pi-Kahi
    MyCrops
    RAISE – Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Solution Enterprise
    SenseExpanse: Real Time, More See!
    Team Copula AI
    TexkLab Network
    The African Eagles
    The Gait Musketeers
    Unilever AI Enthusiasts
    VIDGE
    WeedFighters
    Zreeba Dynamics

Europe + Russia + Australasia - University Teams

  • Brighter Eyes Lynxes
    Brussels Engineers Enhancing Respiratory Sensing (BEERS)
    Cranfield Bristol Investigation Express
    CVAR-U.P.Madrid
    Cyber Monks of TU Munich
    Sk_[PLACEHOLDER]
    Turku Walruses
    Sant’Anna’s TUTTOMONDO
    Aachen Armchair Engineers
    Caleta
    HiPeRT Lab
    TUM Yellow Bots
    QUT Space White Belly Sea Eagles
    BioSense BInToF
    Ulyanovsk Pioneers

Europe + Russia + Australasia - General Teams

  • Active Wheats
    Adorable Penguins
    BikeWorkz
    Cyber-Physical Cyclists (CHILL)
    Czech Curious Fishermen (CCF)
    DotConnect
    Essort
    Exobotic Technologies
    eyecan unicorns
    Fast Sense
    Getafe Musarañas
    Grumpy Norwegians
    LCT ROBOCARE
    Orion Robotics
    Snowball Dynamics
    Subsea Binoculars
    TangibleLight
    Zurich Treemers
    AIHunters
    AIoli Brunswick
    Cocreated
    Halfspace.AI
    Kauda
    LET’S MAKE OAK-D SMARTER
    Madrid Arbutus Bears
    Panopty the Robot
    Synapse
    The Guard​AI​ans
    CNR AI-sphalters
    Depth Burners
    Flying Swans
    HackDance
    IDLE (Image Deep Learning Enthusiasts)
    Moscow Drone Shuffle
    OrchardEyes
    ProRail Railway Level Crossing Monitor
    Tahiti ARtists
    The German Mite Busters
    Visio-cyclist
    Delft Ultra
    AGROB@INESCTEC
    British AI Bicycle Boys
    Duck Vision
    DutchDike
    Insightful yogi
    Team Sentinels
    Spectacular AI
    Mircotopia

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Check this section often- we will be adding new FAQs over the next several days.

  • Integrated 4K 12 MP Color Camera
  • JPEG, H.264 & H.265/HEVC Encoding
  • Integrated 1 MP Global Shutter Synchronized Stereo Pair
  • USB 3.0 Type-C Interface
  • Use with any host OS that OpenVINO supports
  • Disparity-Depth Min Distance: 69cm
  • Stereo AI (Stereo Inference Min Distance): 19.6cm
  • Stereo Camera Hyperfocal Distance: 19.6cm
  • Stereo Camera Baseline: 7.5cm
  • Stereo Horizontal Field of View (HFOV): 71 degrees
  • Stereo Camera Resolution: 1280×800
  • RGB Camera resolution: 4056×3040
  • RGB (AutoFocus) Min Distance: 8cm

University teams are allowed up to 10 members. Standard teams are allowed 1-4 members.

Choose the region that most team members are located in, and that your solution focuses on. Use your best judgement.

Yes. See the documentation for examples showing how to run OpenVINO models.

Yes! Send an email to competition@opencv.org with your submission formatted as a PDF.

OAK-D’s provided software is Python-based. If you understand Python you will be able to use OAK.

We prefer a PDF. You can see an example of what we will expect here: Download Sample Application PDF

Due to demand the deadline has been pushed back to 31 January 2021 at 11:59pm PST.

Yes! You can resubmit your project any time up to the deadline which is 31 January 2021 at 11:59pm PST.

Yes, teams can be just one person, but it’s much more fun to collaborate!

We will contact the winners via email, on or before 11 February 2021.

Yes! We love videos. Please send any video links inside your proposal.

Your project can use any license you choose. Closed-source projects will be required to provide extensive live demonstrations to judges.

Technical Specification

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