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Disparate Data Challenge

About the Challenge
NGA seeks to unearth innovative ways of retrieving and analyzing data in different locations, formats, schemas and interfaces.

Posted By: National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
Category: Software/Apps
Skill: Software/Apps Submission Dates: 10 a.m. ET, Aug 19, 2016 - 5 p.m. ET, Sep 19, 2016 Judging Dates: Sep 19, 2016 - Sep 29, 2016 Winners Announced: Sep 30, 2016

==== Stage Two Prize Awards ====

Congratulations to the following solutions for successfully winning either cash prizes or commendation for their participation:

Highest Rated: Diffeo
Second Highest Rated: Voyager
Third Highest Rated: Mediaflux (Keeper Technology)
Entrepreneur Award: Blue Zoo
University Participant Award: CyberGIS (Univ of Illinois)
Honorable Mention: Meta, Envitia, Sourcerer (KeyW)

==== Stage One Prize Awards  Update ====

The NGA received prize authority and we are confirmed for Oct 21 & 22nd. Each winning team will receive notification and logistics over email.

==== Stage One Prize Awards  ====

Thank you to every company, team and person that submitted a solution to NGA’s Disparate Data Challenge.
Below is a list of the 15 cash award finalists from Stage 1 in no particular order:

CyberGIS
SitScape
Blue Zoo
Voyager
App Symphony
Meta DDC
Paxata
MediaFlux
MARI
RAMADDA
Enigma
Diffeo
GeoFairy
Envitia
Sourcerer

Pyxis is the only non-cash winner

Communications to the finalists will follow with instructions and logistics for Stage 2 demos in the Washington, D.C. metro area tentatively scheduled for Oct 20th & 21st pending prize authority being granted.

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Just like the commercial world, the government is drowning in data, and accessing that data to discover the insights hiding within it remains difficult. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Disparate Data Challenge encourages participants to offer solutions that can demonstrate effective capabilities that enable access to data that is wildly disparate in its formats, schemas, interfaces and locations, so that it may be available for search, business metrics and data and information analytics.

This is a multistage challenge open to U.S. and foreign citizens, or and U.S. or foreign entities. Please be advised that while foreign citizens and foreign entities may participate, they are not eligible to receive cash (monetary) prizes (see full eligibility requirements below.)

STAGE 1:  Stage 1 requires solvers to implement functioning capabilities that can demonstrate access and retrieval to analyze either part or all of the provided representative datasets that approximate the difficulties associated with accessing and using NGA’s disparate restricted-access holdings. You may access the data through the following link: http://disparatedata.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com/.

Stage 1 solution submissions must be actual working capabilities (not just white papers, but working code) that can perform their functions against the representative datasets specified above.

As part of Stage 1, NGA reserves the right to make up to twenty awards, or no award at all. Award decisions will be based on the solutions’ potential to work well when applied to the restricted-access data holdings. NGA will award up to 15 cash prizes in the amount of $10,000 each to the top 15 eligible awardees. The total amount available for cash prizes is $150,000. All Stage 1 awardees  will also receive invitations to participate in Stage 2 of the challenge.  Stage 1 awardees will be announced on September 30, 2016.

STAGE 2:  Stage 2 of the challenge is restricted to Stage 1 awardees.  Stage 2 of the challenge is a demonstration (Demo-thon) of the Stage 1 awardees solutions in the Washington, D.C. area.  Execution of Stage 2 is dependent on extension of NGA’s challenge authority into fiscal year 2017 (FY17 starts OCT 1, 2016). The Stage 1 awardees will be notified via email if and when the Government receives authority to proceed with Stage 2.

At the Demo-thon another panel of judges will use participants’ solutions to access, retrieve, and examine the representative datasets used during Stage 1. Participants will have an opportunity to demonstrate other special features that they believe address the challenge.  Participants will be asked to connect to additional datasets in preparation for the demo.  Stage 2 participants will have a chance to improve their solution during Demo-thon and will have the opportunity to re-demonstrate before the judges make a final decision. Additional NIST data sets will be added during the second stage and used to test technical effectiveness.  To get a feel of the type of NIST data that will be added at Stage 2, a sample collection of data can be obtained http://trec.nist.gov/data/reuters/reuters.html by signing up for access at the site.

As part of Stage 2, NGA reserves the right to make multiple awards, or no reward at all. Award decisions will be based upon the solutions the judges determine to be most responsive to the challenge and most likely to be effective when applied to part or all of NGA’s restricted-access data. Although there is no limit to the number of Stage 2 participants that may be declared winners (i.e., have meaningfully met and addressed the challenge), NGA reserves the right to award up to three additional cash awards to the three highest rated eligible awardees (highest rated ($25,000), second highest rated ($15,000) or third highest rated ($10,000)).

The challenge concludes upon announcement of the Stage 2 winners.

IMPORTANT DATES:

August 19 – Challenge published on challenge.gov

September 19, 5PM ET – Stage 1 submissions due

Sept 30 – Stage 1 winners announced.

October 20-21 – Demo-Thon conducted in the DC area (Notional)

October 21 – Stage 2 winners announced (Notional)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

  • Response to this Disparate Data Challenge is completely separate from the GEOINT Search and Retrieval (GSR) Request for Proposal. Please refer to our memo for more details.
  • Participants are not required to travel to compete in Stage 1. If you’re selected as a Stage 1 winner, and if you desire to participate in the Stage 2 Demo-thon, you will be required to travel to the Washington, D.C, metro area to demonstrate your solution live on October 20 and 21, 2016 (Notional). NGA is not responsible for and will not pay any costs associated with attending the Stage 2 Demo-thon.
  • NGA will confirm execution of stage 2 as soon as possible. Invitations to the Demo-thon will be emailed to the Stage 1 awardees if and when the NGA’s Challenge authority is extended.
  • Stage 2 winners will comprise the competitive pool for a potential prototype project.
  • The prize money will be transmitted by electronic funds transfer to the bank account of the eligible private entities or individual awardees as determined by NGA. If the awardee is the leader or member of a team of participants, it is the responsibility of the awardee, not NGA, to determine the subsequent division of any prize money.
  • Tax treatment of prizes will be handled in accordance with U.S. Internal Revenue Service guidelines. The recipient must provide an appropriate U.S. taxpayer identification number (e.g., social security number, employer identification number, etc). The recipient should consult a tax advisor to ensure that winnings are handled properly and reported accurately for tax purposes.
  • If NGA is unable to contact the winning participants within 72 hours after the announcement of the awardees, NGA reserves the right to withdraw the award.
Judging Criteria

This will be a qualitative and quantitative judgment from technical experts and end users.

Criteria are the same for Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the challenge, but Stage 2 will require demonstrating access to additional data sets (such as video, pdf, imagery and data from SharePoint) and response to additional user stories. In addition to free form and plain language inputs, temporal and location based point and area inputs will be used with appropriate data sets. The Government will run the same set of queries for each participant’s solution. Solutions submitted by solvers will be assessed in the following areas:

Desirability

User evaluations of the interface and data-retrieval results based on how it meets the needs of NGA users, how it could simplify their day-to-day work, and how it will appeal to them based on intuitive and ease of use. Can your solution enable users to simultaneously query multiple disparate data sets, each with their own structure, to present cohesive, understandable results? Can your solution highlight relationships between data elements, even when those relationships are not obvious to the user?

Expected global utility

How often reformulation of queries is required to obtain correct returns. Can your solution effectively search disparate data with relevant results?

Technical effectiveness

User evaluation of recall and precision (completeness and usefulness) of results based on our disparate data problems; completeness of query results. What is the speed in returning results with high precision and relevance? Can your solution deal with the varied, less-than-accurate inputs of the users and provide meaningful returns? Do you have a very specialized solution for a particular type or format of data, such as video or other unstructured data, that is a revolutionary way to access and retrieve that data type?

Viability

User evaluations of the data access and query capability addressing overall NGA goals to rapidly implement an innovative data-access capability, with minimal integration and at lower costs than traditional government acquisition. What is the likelihood that the solution would be effective when applied against NGA’s restricted-access data? Can we save taxpayer dollars while delivering superior results?

NGA is looking for innovative solutions.

Therefore to be determined an awardee, participant's solutions do not have to meet all of the areas above, nor do they have to be able to access and retrieve all of our different data types. However, they do have to demonstrate that they are unique and innovative in one of the areas above or in access and retrieving at least one of the data types provided.

How to Enter

By 1 p.m. local time (Washington, DC) on September 19, 2016, please submit the following items through www.challenge.gov:

  • Name
  • Organization
  • Contact information, email and phone number
  • Description of your solution written in English (maximum 1,000 words). In your description you must describe which of the representative disparate data sets your solution will access effectively (partial solutions are totally acceptable!). You may also want to describe how to demo your solution. Please provide either a link to a working product or provide us with something else that can be used to effectively assess the technical aspects of your submission.
  • Instructions for accessing your submission — in other words, how can our judges get access to the functioning solution to use against the representative disparate data? This can be appended to your project description and does not count toward the 1,000-word maximum.

To assist in judge’s ability to understand and assess your solution, it is recommended participants a link to a YouTube video demo of the product (maximum of four minutes in length). If authentication is required to access the video, please provide this in your submission.

Prizes
Stage One - up to 15 cash prizes of $10,000 each $150,000.00 Stage 1: The Challenge will award up to 15 cash prizes of $10,000 each, for a potential total value of $150,000. The awardees will be the top 15 eligible, registered participants that submit the best overall solutions in accordance with the evaluation criteria by the Challenge deadline.
Stage Two - 1st/$25,000 2nd/$15,000 3rd/$10,000 (Notional) $50,000.00 Stage 2: The Challenge may award up to 3 cash prizes for highest rated ($25,000), second highest rated ($15,000) and/or third highest rated ($10,000), for a potential total value of $50,000. There may be additional awardees, but no additional cash prizes. The winners will be the eligible, registered participants that submit the best overall solutions in accordance with the evaluation criteria by the Challenge deadline.

93 Discussions for "Disparate Data Challenge"

  • Scott Thibault
    I’m unable to log in to the S3 bucket https://advancehack01.signin.aws.amazon.com/console anymore. I wanted to try more datasets. Is this data still available to download?

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    Thank you to every company, team and person that submitted a solution to NGA's Disparate Data Challenge. Below is a list of the 15 cash award finalists from Stage 1 in no particular order: CyberGIS SitScape Blue Zoo Voyager App Symphony Meta DDC Paxata MediaFlux MARI RAMADDA Enigma Diffeo GeoFairy Envitia Sourcerer Pyxis is the only non-cash winner. Communications to the finalists will follow with instructions and logistics for Stage 2 demos in the Washington, D.C. metro area tentatively scheduled for Oct 20th & 21st pending prize authority being granted.

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    Jason Briggs
    Hi, I received a notification that there is correspondence for my solution but there doesn't seem to be any content in the solution correspondence section despite the fact that there is a 1 next to the Correspondence section (I've tried in multiple browsers). Will I receive emails with all correspondence as well?

    • Reply
      Hi Jason. I just checked in the correspondence to make sure there was indeed text there... and there was. All it says is "Thank you for your submission to the Disparate Data Challenge!" to confirm your submission. You haven't missed a lot. Although it is somewhat alarming that you can't retrieve that message. I'll inform the Challenge.gov platform administrators of your issue.

  • Jeff McWhirter
    Just noticed that some of the Digital Globe imagery provided in the raw data collection was over the Palawan islands and was used in the South China Sea Article - http://geodesystems.com/repository/alias/palawan_images

    • Reply
      Yep, J, I understand that. Unfortunately I wasn't able to push the deadline out by a week... only by a few hours. I hope you're able to take advantage of the additional wiggle room and submit what you've got! Never give up! Never surrender!

    • Reply
      Unfortunately we cannot extend the deadline. I would encourage you to submit what you have, however, even with some of the bugs. If we can get an idea of what you're going for, and find your idea to be outstanding, you may still have a chance to be invited to the 2nd stage. You'll have time between stage one and stage two to work on your code and fix bugs. Don't give up!

    • Reply
      Dear J, Thank you for your response and for your attention to the challenge. Although the due date has passed, you may still submit a solution to the Geoint Solutions Marketplace (GSM) at https://www.geoint.community/ and receive Government feedback. Solutions submitted to GSM are not eligible for Disparate Data Challenge, but your solution would get visibility with the government.

      • Reply
        That's correct. All submissions are private to us by default unless you uncheck the box labeled "Hide the contents of my submission from all others on Challenge.gov". If you want to send us correspondence outside of the Challenge.gov platform, however, you can send email to hackathon@bluecompass-llc.com .

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    Our solution runs on an iPad. We have submitted it to Apple for inclusion in the app store so you could download it for testing, but it is awaiting their approval (they are backed up due to the iOS 10 release this week). Can you provide the UDID of an iPad you would use for testing, so we can make an adhoc build available in case Apple doesn't release the production version in time for when you want to test?

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        Pamela Arya
        One of our demo apps also runs on an IPAD or IPHONE. We have a web enabled version (see URL in the instructions) and an emulator running but if you can also provide us the UDID - you can run it on your phone (we don't plan to submit to the Apple Store at this time).

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            Actually Apple have approved our app, and it's now live in the app store so we won't be needing the UDID. The description in our submission includes a direct URL to the app in the store, so you can download it to the test iPad from there. On another note, if we marked our submissions as private, but saw the "Congratulations" comment after submission, can we be sure that our submission has been accepted?

  • WebEx recordings of the Open Office Hours for questions on the data sets (and other questions about the Challenge) are finally available. I've put links to them on the Data Depot Page (http://http://disparatedata.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com/) but you can get to them individually here: Day One: http://disparatedata.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com/ddoo_d1.html Day Two: http://disparatedata.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com/ddoo_d2.html These are HTML5 pages that will play the MP4 files, unless your browser is an older browser. If that is the case, you will see a link for each MP4 that you can right-click and "save as" to bring the file to your hard drive and watch.

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          Pamela Arya
          I got it working. I have just submitted. However I left the external URL blank. I was not sure what this was for. The URLs for accessing our demo apps are in the instructions. Should this have been in the External URL?

      • Reply
        Pamela Arya
        Yes, I got it working. I did not realize it allowed me to view the challenge without logging in. I needed to log in to submit.

  • Show Replies [+]
    This is just a reminder to folks that there is a way to download the data in bulk: email Raul Sharma at raul.sharma@bluecompass-llc.com for the following - - Access ID, Secret Access Key to S3 account - Java Code for downloading Files - AWS JAR files.

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    Jason Briggs
    Hi, I just wanted to confirm the number of data resources to make sure we're on the right track. Are these estimates in the right ballpark? Total: 10,893 resources excluding S3 By section: Web Mapping Service (WMS) & Web Foundation Service (WFS) - 1030 total NITF Data - 147 total Imagery - 1654 total Humanitarian Data — ~7000 total Other - 1067 total By individual source: Nigeria Maps, Water Table - 207 Disaster Response - NEPAL - 75 pdfs, 150 maps Wildlife Trafficking - 9 main maps, with 393 additional maps Geonames - foreign - ~196 files, one for each country Sample NITF Data - 147 FAA Airports - 542 airports LANSAT Data - 981 images AsiaMaritime Transparency (Public service) - 4 images Bathymetric, GeophysicalMaps (NOAA) - 62 + 16 + 49 maps West Africa Ebola Outbreak - 63 files Data for World Food Program - 20 files UN Humanitarian response - 980 files Humanitarian Open Street Map - 11 Disaster Mapping projects, 13 Community projects, 7 Technical projects Humanitarian Data Exchange - 4087 files U.S. Fire Data - Thousands Water Quality Data - Currently unreachable Offline Map Service - We can’t find any data on the linked page, just an app Hazard Specific Data - 1005 files + resources http://weather.msfc.nasa.gov/GOES/ - 54 maps http://weather.msfc.nasa.gov/GOES/goeseasthurrir.html - 3 maps S3 Data - We’re still waiting for an access key so we don’t have to download each file individually :) Thanks!

    • Reply
      Jason Briggs
      Sorry, looks like my formatting got wiped out. Here's a link to the resource counts: https://gist.github.com/jasonbriggs/242efbb9258a1a4b9d598ab9e1f69dca

      • Reply
        Raul Sharma
        Hello Jason, Your estimates are in the right ballpark. Could you please send me an email at raul.sharma@bluecompass-llc.com for secret keys, access keys, java code for s3 download? Best, Raul

    • Reply
      Unfortunately we can't extend the deadline at all -- and we've received several requests. I would encourage you, however, to submit as much of your solution as possible. Should you be selected to move on to Stage 2, you could continue to improve upon your solution, finishing it up or making any modifications necessary. There is no requirement to freeze development between stages.

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    If you would like to join us for today's open office hours, please use the same URL to join us via WebEx. Thank you! http://bit.ly/2cyZbx4. We will have our session open 2pm until 3:30 for questions regarding the data and will allow for general questions as time allows. Please keep in mind that this is a recorded session.

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    Jeff McWhirter
    The USGS water quality web services seem to be broken with a server side error. I have a note out to them but have not heard back. I will be using other stream flow data from web services in my submission - I hope you folks don't mind -Jeff

    • Reply
      Hi Jeff. One of our participants in the open office hours mentioned this also. Since it's on the USGS server side, we can't do much about it, unfortunately. I'm sure that your message to them was helpful. Thanks for mentioning it here as well. Good luck!

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        Jeff McWhirter
        I just heard back from the USGS. The water quality service referenced for the challenge is no longer available. They have a new service at - http://www.waterqualitydata.us/portal/ Unfortunately I won't have time to add support for that data in Stage 1 but I have a similar example of real-time stream flow data that I will be using

    • Reply
      Yes, companies that use overseas developers will be considered for the competition as long as they satisfy the eligibility and participation rules. In order to be eligible for the cash prize, the company (e.g. private entity) shall be incorporated in and maintain a primary place of business in the United States. A tax identification number and an electronic funds transfer number is required from the winner before the prize will be awarded.

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    Got data questions? Join NGA data experts to discuss your questions about the data sets available for this Disparate Data Challenge. We'll be available Tuesday, Sep 13th and Wednesday, Sep 14th from 2 - 3:30 PM EDT via WebEx (http://bit.ly/2cyZbx4) to answer your questions. See you then!

    • Reply
      Jim Kreft
      The Water Quality Data link under "Other" on your data sources page doesn't make sense. It is clearly referring to the Water Quality Portal(a cooperative project between the USGS and EPA to provide a single point of access for water quality data), which is at http://www.waterqualitydata.us

      • Reply
        Hi Jim. Water Quality Data link was provided to show a disparate dataset. As long as the user has access to water quality data, which is available from the description you provide above, then it serves this purpose. If this still leaves you wondering what we mean and the purpose of the data, please do join us for one of the question and answer sessions on Tuesday or Wednesday next week, via WebEx.

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    Perry Peterson
    It is clear that the private entities shall be incorporated in and maintain a primary place of business in the United States and Non-U.S. citizens and non-permanent residents are not eligible to win a monetary prize. However, would you be willing to accept an innovative entry from an unqualified Canadian private entity for your assessment and evaluation but not for an award?

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      Dear Perry, Thank you for you question and your understanding regarding not awarding to a non-US entity or person. We would love to welcome your participation but we need to check with our legal team on Tuesday (Monday is a holiday for us) and will get back to you as soon as possible. We hope the answer is yes.

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        Thank you cjung. It may be of assistance to know that Canada and the USA have a reciprocity treaty when it comes to military acquisitions. The Canada-United States defence economic arrangement is based on three programs; the Defence Production Sharing Arrangement (DPSA), the Defence Development Sharing Agreement (DDSA) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). From the market access aspect, the DPSA is the governing arrangement as it provides the widest access. Under DPSA Canadian companies are generally allowed to compete for prime and subcontracts on the same basis as U.S. companies. I would imagine the contest falls outside a procurement process, however, it may help in your consideration.

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          Perry - We received word from our legal team that we can accept solutions from Canadian teams, however, they are not able to receive the cash awards. Thank you for checking and we look forward to viewing your solution!

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      Thank you cjung. It may be of assistance to know that Canada and the USA have a reciprocity treaty when it comes to military acquisitions. The Canada-United States defence economic arrangement is based on three programs; the Defence Production Sharing Arrangement (DPSA), the Defence Development Sharing Agreement (DDSA) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). From the market access aspect, the DPSA is the governing arrangement as it provides the widest access. Under DPSA Canadian companies are generally allowed to compete for prime and subcontracts on the same basis as U.S. companies. I would imagine the contest falls outside a procurement process, however, it may help in your consideration.

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    Mark Stoakes
    The eligibility rules seem a little ambiguous : "Private entities shall be incorporated in and maintain a primary place of business in the United States. Individuals shall be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. Non-U.S. citizens and non-permanent residents are not eligible to win a monetary prize (in whole or in part)." Does this mean that Non-U.S. citizens and non-permanent residents and non- US corporations can participate but are not eligible for prizes OR that they can't participate at all?

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      Dear Mark, Thank you for you question and your understanding regarding not awarding to a non-US entity or person. We would love to welcome your participation but we need to check with our legal team on Tuesday (Monday is a holiday for us) and will get back to you as soon as possible. We hope the answer is yes.

  • cjung
    Addressing comments we received offline: This challenge is not limited to small business and startups. Therefore, large corporations are also encouraged to participate. In our outreach to individual companies, we emphasized Big Data and Enterprise Search solutions, but definitely, ANY type of innovative search solution will be appropriate. It's possible to re-purpose a search solution from a niche application and submit it for this challenge. Niche applications are also encouraged to submit but if the applicability is not obvious, we advise that you provide a blurb to explain.

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    Alex Maddern
    Is there any chance we can get a copy of the Access Key ID and Secret Access Key to the S3 account so that we can download the sample data in bulk? We are very familiar with the majority of the file formats but downloading file after file to via the AWS Console is painful and the account provided does not have permissions to generate the key pair.

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      Raul Sharma
      Hi, There are some policy issues we are attempting to hurdle to accomplish this and will report a definitive answer asap. Best, Raul Sharma

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        Alex Maddern
        Cheers Raul, We have manually downloaded some of the sets but its getting tough as you can imagine.

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          cjung
          Alex, Thank you for your suggestion. We received approval to implement and will share something soon. Hang tight!

          • Reply
            Alex Maddern
            Hi Guys, Is there any news on the API keys? It is extremely difficult to obtain all of the provided samples from S3 with these and time is running short.

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      Raul Sharma
      Hi All, If you could email me at raul.sharma@bluecompass-llc.com for the following - - Access ID, Secret Access Key to S3 account - Java Code for downloading Files - AWS JAR files. Best, Raul Sharma raul.sharma@bluecompass-llc.com

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    John Frank: you have to use the link that they provide in order to log into AWS. If you try to click the source links without using 'advancehack' login method then it just takes you to the generic AWS login which does not have the proper login method. When you get there click S3 and you will find the data. Also note that the individual zip folders seem to be empty, but the last folder contains and the zipped folders consolidated into one. cheers... NDD https://advancehack01.signin.aws.amazon.com/console

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      cjung
      That's right, you do need to use the advancehack method for the login. We are working on un-zipping and un-tarring as many of those packed files as possible. That is most likely why some of those folders are showing up as empty. Please bear with us as we try to make those more accessible. We expect to be done with that process by COB Friday, 8/26/2016.

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    cjung
    A question that we received regarding IP: It says IP rights are not required for challenge but will possibly be negotiated after Stage 2. They ask for "working code" in Stage 1; Wonder how they handle/protect pre-existing IP? Our answer: What we ask for with "working code" is that the product works, not that we need possession of the code. If it is open source or the solver doesn’t care then they can forward it, but giving us code is not required.

    • Reply
      Please note that we have updated the rules in the Challenge description with the following: The Government does not intend to use the submission, including computer software code, for any purpose other than to evaluate this submission. By participating in this challenge, challenge participants fully agree that the submission, including computer software code, shall not be disclosed outside the Government and shall not be used, modified, reproduced, released, performed, displayed or disclosed for any purpose other than to evaluate the submission. This restriction does not limit the Government's right to use information, including computer software, contained in this submission if it is obtained from another source without restriction.

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      Solomon Powell
      Just figured it out. Didn't see the message stating to use the login info provided. My mistake.

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          Mike Thompson
          I was attempting to access "/All Buckets/disparatedata" (since that is the name of this challenge) perhaps that is not correct? I can access "data-challenge-june2016" - but assume that is for some event that was held three months ago?

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      cjung
      I've confirmed that the login credentials are correct and currently working. Please make sure there are no spaces at the beginning or end, if you are cutting and pasting from the Data Depot website. The username and password are in italics.

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Rules

Eligibility Rules for Participating in the Competition:

Participation in this Challenge is open to individuals and private entities.  Entries may only be submitted by a registered participant.

  • In order to be eligible to receive a cash (monetary) prize, the private entities shall be incorporated in and maintain a primary place of business in the United States.  Individuals shall be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States. Non-U.S. citizens and non-U.S. permanent residents are not eligible to win a cash (monetary) prize (in whole or in part).
  • In the case of a U.S. private entity, a tax identification number and an electronic funds transfer number will be required from the winner before the prize will be awarded.
  • In the case of an U.S. individual, whether participating singly or in a group, must be at least 18 years old at the time of entry. Home address, age, social security number, and an electronic funds transfer number will be required from the winner before the prize will be awarded.
  • May not be a Federal entity.
  • May not be a Federal employee acting within the scope of their employment. Federal employees may not pursue an application while in the Federal workplace or while on duty.
  • Employees of NGA and NGA support contractors directly supporting the development or execution of this challenge, including their spouses and dependents for tax year 2016, are not eligible to participate.
  • Federal grantees may not use Federal funds to develop challenge applications unless consistent with the purpose of their grant award.
  • Federal contractors may not use Federal funds from a contract to develop challenge applications or to fund efforts in support of a challenge submission.
  • May not be a judge of the Challenge, or any other party involved in the design, production, execution, or distribution of the Challenge or the immediate family of such a party (i.e. spouse, parent, step-parent, child, or step-child).

Additional participation rules:

  • The Challenge is authorized under 10 U.S.C.A. § 2374a, which authorizes the Secretary of Defense to award prizes in recognition of outstanding achievements in basic, advanced, and applied research, technology development, and prototype development that have the potential for application to the performance of military missions of the Department of Defense.
  • The Government will not use the submission, including computer software code, for any purpose other than to evaluate the submission. This restriction does not limit the Government’s right to use information, including computer software contained in this submission if it is obtained from another source without restriction.
  • The rules apply to all participants in the NGA Disparate Data Challenge and may be changed without prior notice. Participants should monitor the Challenge website for the latest information.
  • Registration information collected by NGA will be used solely for the purpose of administering the event. Registration information will not be distributed to any parties outside of NGA nor released for any other purpose except as noted in this document.
  • Individual participants’ display name may be listed on the Challenge website to enable the event to be tracked by interested members of the public. The name and photographs of the winner may be posted on the NGA website and released to the media.
  • NGA may contact registered participants to discuss the means and methods used in solving the Challenge. NGA will retain no record of individual entries after the event is complete, but may compute and release to the public aggregate data and statistics from the submitted solutions.
  • Nothing in these rules, to include information on the Challenge website and communications by NGA officials, may be interpreted as authorizing the incurrence of any costs or modifying the statement of work or authorizing work outside the terms and conditions of any existing agreements or contracts with NGA.
  • An individual or entity shall not be deemed ineligible because the individual or entity used Federal facilities or consulted with Federal employees during a competition if the facilities and employees are made available to all individuals and entities participating in the competition on an equitable basis.
  • A submission may be disqualified if, in NGA’s sole judgment:
    • Fails to function as described,
    • The detailed description is significantly inaccurate or incomplete,
    • Malware or other security threats are present.
  • NGA Reserves the right to disqualify a participant whose actions are deemed to violate the spirit of the competition for any reason, including but not limited to, the violation of laws or regulation in the course of participating in the challenge.  NGA does not authorize or consent to a participant infringing on any US patent or copyright while participating in the Challenge.
  • NGA Reserves the right, in its sole discretion to (a) cancel, suspend or modify the Challenge without notice, and/or (b) not award any prize if no entries are deemed worthy.
  • The Component Acquisition Executive (CAE), NGA is the final decision authority for all matters concerning the Challenge.
  • The agency’s award decision is final.
  • Each individual (whether competing singly or in a group) or entity agrees to follow applicable local, State, and Federal laws and regulations.
  • Each individual (whether participating singly or in a group) and entity participating in this Challenge must comply with all terms and conditions of these rules, and participation in this Challenge constitutes each participant’s full and unconditional agreement to abide by these rules. Winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements herein.
  • Challenge participants fully agree to assume any and all risks and waive all claims against the federal government and its related entities arising out of their participation.
  • Challenge participants fully agree not to use portions of the data sets provided by Digital Globe for any activity or function outside of this specific challenge.
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