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Fishing for Fishermen

Join the Hunt for Illegal Fishing!

Office of Director of National Intelligence

Total Cash Prizes Offered: $23,000
Type of Challenge: Software and apps
Partner Agencies | Non-federal: Harvard University Crowd Innovation Lab
Submission Start: 09/05/2016 09:00 PM ET
Submission End: 09/19/2016 09:00 PM ET

This challenge is externally hosted.

You can view the challenge details here:


We need your help to combat illegal, unregulated, and unreported (IUU) fishing around the world.  Those who engage in IUU fishing circumvent conservation and management measures, avoid costs associated with sustainable fishing practices, and derive economic benefit from exceeding harvesting limits.  By applying innovative analytic techniques, this algorithm development challenge seeks to develop a process, available to all, to more effectively identify and thereby enable authorities to react to the global IUU fishing threat.


Marathon Match I Prize
Cash Prize Amount: $18000
First Place: $9,000; Second Place: $4,000; Third Place: $2,500 Fourth Place: $1,500 Fifth Place: $1,000 Bonus Price: $100 per winning submission

Marathon Match II Prize
Cash Prize Amount: $5000
Details for Marathon Match II Prize structure to follow

How To Enter

Requirements to Win a Prize

In order to receive a prize, you must do all the following:

  1. Achieve a score in the top 5, according to system test results. See the "Scoring" section below.
  2. Create a legitimate algorithm that runs successfully on a different data set with the same fields. Hard-coded solutions are unacceptable.
  3. Within 7 days from the end of the challenge, submit a complete report at least 2 pages long outlining your final algorithm, explaining the logic behind and steps to its approach. The required content and format appear in the "Report" section below.
  4. Within 7 days of the end of the challenge, submit all code used in your final algorithm in 1 appropriately named file (or tar or zip archive). We will contact the winners via email and ask for the file. The naming convention should be memberHandle-FishingForFishermenContest. For example, handle "johndoe" would name his submission "johndoe-FishingForFishermenContest."

If you place in the top 5 but fail to do any of the above, then the corresponding prize money will be added to the prize pool of the next Fishing for Fishermen contest.