Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Dot gov

The .gov means it’s official.
Federal government websites often end in .gov or .mil. Before sharing sensitive information, make sure you’re on a federal government site.


The site is secure.
The https:// ensures that you are connecting to the official website and that any information you provide is encrypted and transmitted securely.

Informational Only

This challenge is no longer accepting new submissions.

IARPA Multi-View Stereo 3D Mapping Challenge

Can you develop the best Multi-View Stereo (MVS) 3D mapping algorithm for commercial satellite imagery?

Office of Director of National Intelligence - Intelligence Advanced Research Project Activity

Total Cash Prizes Offered: $86,000
Type of Challenge: Scientific
Partner Agencies | Non-federal: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, TopCoder, Booz Allen Hamilton
Submission Start: 09/06/2016 09:00 PM ET
Submission End: 10/04/2016 09:00 PM ET

This challenge is externally hosted.

You can view the challenge details here:


Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), is excited to launch the Master phase of the Multi-View Stereo 3D Mapping Challenge and wants you to participate!  In this challenge, solvers will be asked to generate and submit an algorithm to convert high-resolution satellite images to 3D point clouds for the contest datasets. By harnessing the energy and expertise of the crowd, this Challenge aims to:
  • Promote and benchmark research in multiple view stereo algorithms applied to satellite imagery.
  • Stimulate various communities to develop and enhance automated methods to derive accurate 3D point clouds from multi-view satellite imagery, including computer vision, remote sensing and photogrammetry.
  • Foster innovation through crowdsourcing and moving beyond current research limitations for 3D point clouds.
  • Cultivate and sustain an ongoing collaborative community dedicated to this technology and research.


1st place
Cash Prize Amount: $20,000
First place prize winner!

2nd place
Cash Prize Amount: $16,000
Second place prize winner!

3rd place
Cash Prize Amount: $11,000
Third place prize winner!

4th place
Cash Prize Amount: $7,000
Fourth place prize winner!

5th place
Cash Prize Amount: $5,000
Fifth place prize winner!

Open Source Incentive (3)
Cash Prize Amount: $15,000
Three winners!

Gateway Progress Prize Pool
Cash Prize Amount: $12,000
Two winners!