Sub-Seasonal Climate Forecast Rodeo
Skillful sub-seasonal weather and climate forecasting has proven to be particularly difficult but is of great interest to water managers. Sub-seasonal forecasting, spanning approximately 15 to 45 days in the future, is difficult because it bridges short-term forecasting, where initial conditions primarily determine upcoming weather, and long-term forecasting in which slowly varying factors such as sea surface temperatures and soil moisture become more important.
This Challenge seeks to improve on existing sub-seasonal forecasts and asks Solvers to develop systems that perform demonstratively better than an existing baseline forecast for temperature and precipitation over a 15-42 day time frame. Solvers will have three months to develop their system, at which point they are asked to provide forecasts every two weeks over a 13 month period, with the first month being a “pre-season” to become familiar with the submission and evaluation processes.
Prizes may total up to $800,000. Four categories are defined by two forecast outlook periods and two forecast variables (temperature and precipitation). In each category, prizes for eligible solvers are as follows:
1st place - $100,000
2nd place - $50,000
3rd place - $25,000
In addition, one $25,000 prize per category may be awarded to an eligible solver based solely on hind- performance, submission of which is a requirement to be eligible for the above listed prizes.
PLEASE NOTE: This Challenge will remain open on InnoCentive.com for approximately 17 months, and while registration will be possible for the duration of posting the practical deadline for registering will be May 13, 2017. This is approximately two days prior to the deadline for the third forecast submission after which no new forecast submission accounts will be created and late-registering Solvers will be unable to upload the required forecasts. ADDITIONALLY: Solver InnoCentive usernames will be shared with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as part of the forecast evaluation process and leaderboard tracking, and will appear on a publically available leaderboard to track Solver performance.
This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires written documentation, proof-of-concept data, source code, and delivery of an executable application.
This web site is hosted by a private entity and is not a service of the Bureau of Reclamation or the Department of the Interior (DOI). The solicitation and collection of your personal or individually identifiable information is subject to the host’s privacy and security policies and will not be shared with Reclamation or DOI unless you win the Challenge. Challenge winners’ personally identifiable information must be made available to Reclamation in order to collect an award. Please consult the Challenge Specific Agreement.
This Challenge is being conducted under the authority of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (15 U.S.C. § 3719). The America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 states that awards for this Prize Competition may only be given to an individual that is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, or an entity that is incorporated in and whose primary place of business is in the United States, subject to verification by the Seeker before Prizes are awarded. Further restrictions apply – see the Challenge Specific Agreement and the Federal Register Notice for full eligibility details.
Note: Submissions can be entertained from all Solvers regardless of whether they are U.S. citizens/entities. Meritorious submissions from non-U.S. citizens and entities as well as U.S. citizens that may not be prize eligible (see Challenge Specific Agreement and the Federal Register Notice) if any, will be recognized in publications issued by the Seeker announcing the results of the competition, such as press releases. Non-U.S citizens/permanent residents or non-U.S entities can also be included on U.S. teams. However, under the authority of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (15 USC 3719), the Seeker cannot award prizes — whether monetary or otherwise — to individuals that are not U.S. citizens, not permanent residents of the U.S. or entities not incorporated in and maintaining a primary place of business in the U.S.
Polio Eradication: Addressing Anti-Vaccination Propaganda on Social Media in Pakistan
Pakistan and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) are facing a new challenge, driven by technological advancement and an increasing number of people using social media to seek and share news. Rumors and misinformation about polio vaccination and the program spread like wildfire on social media, including in Pakistan where the number of people with access to internet/smartphone has significantly increased over the past years, and continues to increase.
The negative impact on the programme of the anti-vaccine propaganda and rumors was most visibly seen during a recent vaccination campaign in Peshawar. During a National Immunization Days (NID) campaign, a rumor that the polio vaccine would make children unwell, led to more than 37 000 children rushed to hospital in one day, a basic health unit set on fire, and indirectly the death of several vaccinators and security staff. This coordinated scare tactic had a devastating impact on the NIDs and will continue to impact future immunization efforts in the country.
The country team and GPEI program is looking for innovative ways to help quickly detect, control and/or respond to the spread of anti-vaccination propaganda on social media in an urban population.
This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.
Sign On For Literacy
Acquisition of a first language is essential for early childhood development and a building block for learning to read. Literacy is linked to all development goals contributing to psycho-social health, employment opportunities, economic growth, and breaking the cycle of poverty.
Globally for children who are deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind (henceforth referred to as ‘Deaf’#), access to and education in a local sign language is often limited or absent. Without access to whole language with frequent and daily input to an accessible and natural language, the foundations of literacy, children are prevented from reaching their full potential. In developing countries and low-resource contexts, literacy outcomes for children who are Deaf are particularly substandard. As such, All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development is launching the Sign On For Literacy Prize, which seeks technology-based innovations to increase access to local sign languages and develop literacy interventions for children who are Deaf in low-resource contexts. Winning innovations must be novel, while utilizing technology to make a significant impact upon learning and literacy in the Deaf Community.
#‘Deaf’ is an inclusive umbrella term encompassing people with varying hearing levels, including people who are deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing.
Health and education are essential for the economic development of society. In spite of differences created by geography or demographics, education is highly correlated with not only life span, but also economic growth. An educated worker is more productive and as a parent will make better choices and provide more opportunities for their children to succeed. Research in the developing world indicates that educational status (especially of the mother) is a predictor of health outcomes. Much more can be done, especially in context of the developing countries as every minute, many women and children are dying from preventable diseases and treatable conditions. Therefore, Ideagen seeks to empower women & girls through new approaches that increase access to quality education and / or promoting their good health and well being.
This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.
In humanitarian emergencies such as flooding, epidemics, and conflicts, there is a rapid demand for health facilities and therefore also for medical waste management. Temporary burners or small-scale incinerators are usually constructed to deal with the burnable medical waste. However these incinerators often don’t reach sufficiently high temperatures for the necessary duration, are inefficient in terms of fuel consumption and heat retention, and have short lifespans. The higher performing designs can be difficult to construct and operate without specially trained workers, or specialized materials/parts that can take time to source. The Seeker desires a simple, efficient, and durable incinerator that is safe to operate and affordable in low-middle income countries. The design must be lightweight and easy to transport and assemble, or built on-site with accessible skills and materials.
This Challenge requires only a written proposal.
Votem is a revolutionary mobile voting platform designed to securely cast votes in elections across the globe. We believe we can dramatically increase the voter turnout in the United States and the World by making voting easier, safer, and more accessible than any other current means. In this Challenge, we are asking Solvers for help in overcoming the significant obstacles that stand in the way of bringing safe, secure, and easy voting to people worldwide. These obstacles fall into three main categories that may be addressed individually or together: security, identification/authentication, and accuracy and verifiability.
We are not seeking software or computer code, but rather detailed White Papers/Blueprints/Specification documents that detail the programmatic manner and architecture of a system that overcome these obstacles in the best way possible.
By entering Challenge, you get to play a big part in helping to giving democracy back to the people in every country by allowing them to more easily participate in the electoral process.
In the Southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, 5 phones exist for every 2 toilets. Even in areas with toilets, a lack of education and understanding about proper use has led to 60% of the population practicing open defecation. As a key factor in debilitating health and social inflictions, open defecation is one of the facets that has resulted in an infant mortality rate of 36/1000 (a fifth of these deaths from sanitation related illnesses). This Challenge requires Solvers to present their ideas for a mobile phone game which can educate 5-14 year old children about better hygiene practices and persuade them to instinctively use sanitation facilities rather than defecate in the open.
This is a Theoretical Challenge that requires only the submission of a completed application form.
The Seeker is soliciting innovative ideas and insights on future new payment systems (loosely defined as virtual currencies, prepaid cards, mobile money transfers, and hybrids thereof) and how to foster financial innovation while still allowing for oversight and detection of illegal activity.
A vehicle is used for transporting people, animals, or goods from one place to another. In addition to bringing supplies to people, vehicles can help extend the reach of other services, such as healthcare, communication, etc. The purpose of this challenge is to add value to Ford commercial vehicles and light duty trucks through the creation of accessories that make these services better wherever the vehicle visits. To make the challenge concrete we are setting the challenge in Johannesburg - the largest city in South Africa.
Today’s societies are increasingly experiencing events where a recognized member of a group commits a violent act against other members of that group. Whether insider attacks occur at school, in the workplace, or in the community at large, prescreening processes have generally been ineffective at screening out individuals predisposed to violence. The Seeker desires a method to identify indicators of violent behavior.
This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.
The World Health Organization estimates that one-third of the world’s developing world population is unable to receive or purchase essential medicine on a regular basis. Access to treatment is correlated directly with the availability of affordable medications. In many cases, these drugs are administered via injection by trained personnel. The Seeker desires an easy-to-use, low-cost, prefilled injection device for patients in low- and middle-income countries.
This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted proposed solution.
Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on August 1, 2014.
Late submissions will not be considered.