Acumos AI Challenge open source developer competition 2018 for innovative artificial intelligence (AI) solutions ( $100,000 in cash prizes)

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Application Deadline: August 5, 2018.

The Acumos AI Challenge, sponsored by AT&T and Tech Mahindra, is an open source developer competition for the Acumos AI platform seeking innovative artificial intelligence (AI) solutions. The companies, along with The Linux Foundation, encourage students, developers, and data scientists to submit their ground-breaking AI solutions for a chance to win prize money and industry recognition.

Acumos AI is a platform and open source framework that makes it easy to build, share and deploy AI applications. The Acumos AI platform, hosted by The Linux Foundation’s LF Deep Learning Foundation, simplifies development and provides a marketplace for accessing, using and enhancing AI apps.

Contestants will compete for a share of $100,000 in cash prizes, including:

    • The top three teams will win a trip (for two members) to participate in the finals in San Francisco on or about September 11, 2018.
    • The 1st place team will win the $50,000 Grand Prize.
    • The 2nd and 3rd place teams will each be awarded $25,000.
    • Finalists will also have their solution featured in the Acumos Marketplace, receive PR exposure, and meet with AT&T and Tech Mahindra executives during the event.
    • In addition, all eligible AI solutions will be made available as open source in the Acumos Marketplace.


The Acumos AI Challenge is seeking innovative, open source AI models across all use cases, including, but not limited to:

5G & SDN

AI models that improve the overall performance and efficiencies of 5G networks and Software-Defined Networking (e.g. antenna control optimization).

Media & Entertainment

AI models targeting a media or entertainment use case. Examples include solutions for broadcast media, internet, film, social media, ad campaign analysis, video and image recognition, speech & sound recognition, video insight tools, and more.


AI models around network security use cases such as advanced threat protection, cyber security, IoT security, and more.

Enterprise Solutions

AI models targeting an enterprise use case, including solutions for automotive, IoT, home automation, mobile, infrastructure, manufacturing, real estate, retail, travel, transportation & logistics, utilities (energy, water & others) distribution.


  • Open to individuals or teams of eligible individuals
  • Contest is open only to entrants who are legal U.S. residents and are physically located in one of the 50 United States, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico
  • Entrants must be at least 18 years old at time of entry (except Alabama and Nebraska residents who must be at least 19, and Mississippi residents must be at least 21)
  • Selected finalists must be able to attend the finals on or about Sept.11, 2018 in San Francisco, CA. Travel and hotel will be provided for two members from each finalist team
  • Employees of AT&T, Tech Mahindra or its affiliates are not eligible to participate
  • See Official Rules for complete submission and eligibility requirements


  • Submissions will be accepted between May 31 – August 5, 2018.
  • Teams are required to enter their submission via the Acumos AI Challenge portal at
  • Submission must include:
    • Model source code
    • Written description of your solution
    • Summary Video
      • Video must be no more than three minutes long, and must demonstrate your solution in action, including screenshots or video of your solution, and feature a minimum of one voiceover from an Entrant team member. The Video can be uploaded during submission as a .mp4 or .mov file or Entrant can share a Youtube or Vimeo link to their Video.
    • Sample dataset produced by the model
    • Sample application for testing the model
    • Documentation explaining how to deploy the model, how do deploy the demonstration of the model, and all supporting toolkits and programming languages.
      • Documentation must be submitted under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0). Entrants can visit this guide to learn more.

How to enter

Required Steps for the Acumos AI Challenge on Devpost

  1. Register for the challenge at If you do not already have a Devpost account, you will be taken through a simple sign up wizard.
  2. Once you have registered for the Challenge on Devpost, an account will be created for you on the Acumos platform at and you will receive an email with your login credentials.
  3. On Devpost, you will need to “Enter a submission” by pressing the “Enter a submission” button, and then add a new project, or select an existing project from your Devpost account. This is where you will enter required fields about your project:
    • Enter the name of your project
    • Enter a short description of your project
    • Add team members (optional)
    • Here’s the whole story: this is where you’ll describe your project in more detail.
    • Accept the Official Rules and submit your project by pressing the “Submit to Acumos AI Challenge” button. You can continue to edit your submission until the submission deadline.

Required Steps on the Acumos Challenge Portal

  1. Once you have registered for the Challenge on Devpost, an account will be created for you on the Acumos platform at and you will receive an email with your login credentials.
  2. Once you receive your Acumos platform account credentials, it is recommended that you login and get familiarized with the UI.
  3. Install the client library for the modeling toolkit that you are working with.
  4. Once you are ready to onboard your model, you will go through the Onboarding workflow after which your model will be in your private “My Models” area, and a deployable microservice docker image will have been created and saved in the Acumos Nexus repository (accessible only to you). NOTE: your model is not published or submitted yet, so you can continue to work on it in private until you are ready, repeating the onboarding process etc. as needed.
  5. Use the “My Models” tools to add documentation, a license/copyright notice, test data, and summary video as metadata for your model.

Challenge Timeline

Challenge Opens: May 31, 2018

Submission Deadline: August 5, 2018

Finalists Announced: August 20, 2018

Finals in San Francisco: September 11, 2018

For More Information

Visit the Official Webpage of the Acumos AI Challenge open source developer competition 2018

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