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Hearables Challenge

Demonstrate solutions that improve hearables' clarity of conversation in noisy settings

National Science Foundation

Total Cash Prizes Offered: $146,000
Type of Challenge: Software and apps
Submission Start: 04/25/2017 04:00 PM ET
Submission End: 06/26/2017 05:00 PM ET

This challenge is externally hosted.

You can view the challenge details here: https://ninesights.ninesigma.com/web/hearables/innovationcontest

Description

Think about your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers.  You probably know someone with hearing loss—an elderly grandparent or a veteran who served our country—and you probably know how hearing loss impacts one’s ability to communicate.  According to the Committee on Accessible and Affordable Hearing Health Care for Adults, there are 30 million Americans over 12 that have hearing loss, and hearing loss worsens as we age.  Many with hearing loss do not seek or receive hearing health care because of cost, availability of services, stigma, lack of realization that they have hearing loss, and belief that nothing can help them. While some hearable technologies (i.e., hearing aids and assistive listening devices) can enhance hearing for many individuals, there are situations where these technologies do not perform optimally.  One particularly challenging situation for people with hearing impairment is understanding conversation in a noisy environment such as a restaurant.  Inability to hear clearly because of background noise and intermittent peaks in noise makes following a conversation difficult.  Amplification of speech sounds will also amplify the background noise. The National Science Foundation seeks solutions to process audio data to augment speech recognition in noisy environments.  The goal of this challenge is to demonstrate solutions such as algorithms or methods that improve clarity of conversation in a noisy setting.

Prizes

First Place
Cash Prize Amount: $80000
In addition to the cash purse, winner(s) will receive an invitation to present at Ubicomp 2017.

Second Place
Cash Prize Amount: $60000
Along with cash prizes, winner(s) will receive an invitation to present at Ubicomp 2017.

Third Place
Cash Prize Amount: $3000
Winner(s) will receive an invitation to present at Ubicomp 2017 and $3,000 towards expenses.

Fourth Place
Cash Prize Amount: $3000
Winner(s) will receive an invitation to present at Ubicomp 2017 and $3,000 towards expenses.

Rules

Please see the Official Challenge Rules.