Next to the Code of Honor the following rules apply to the competition.
The spotGEO challenge is open to everybody, including space experts, data-mining experts and citizen scientists.
No nationality restrictions apply for the submission of solution files.
No participant is allowed who has been directly or indirectly involved with the competition set-up and the dataset creation.
Final Ranking and Winner
The final official ranking will be computed on the full test-set and published seven days after the competition deadline for all eligible teams.
During the competition an indicative leaderboard will rank all submissions using an unkown subset of the test-set. Such a leaderboard has no use in determining the competition winner.
To be eligible for the final ranking, a short summary statement in pdf describing the used algorithms and the solution approach (2-3 pages are sufficient) has to be sent by eMail to act AT esa.int within seven days of the competition end.
The winner of the competition is determined by the lowest score in the final ranking.
In case of a tie, the submission with lowest MSE wins. Should the tie still be unresolved, the earlier submission date wins.
A jury made of 8 scientists will also peer-review the submitted pdf and may decide to award an additional prize to any of the eligible teams, the "Kelvins out-of-the-box thinking" award, based on the scientific novelty of the method used and regardless of the final rank achieved.
The final decision on the winner is subject to whether the participants conformed to the rules as checked unilaterally by ESAs Advanced Concepts Team.
Besides admiration and glory our sponsors have kindly agreed to award small monetary prized to highlight the participant achievments. These will be: Competition winner: 1300 EUR, Second 900 EUR, third 500 EUR. An additional 300 EUR will be reserved to the "Kelvins out-of-the-box thinking" award and can be cumulated with the main prizes.
By submitting, the authors grant to the organizers a license to use the submission files for the purpose of verifying and publishing the challenge results.
The use of additional public data for training of machine learning models is allowed.
Labeling images by hand or with any human assistance in the loop (e.g. crowdsourcing) is not allowed.
Before the competition deadline, solutions, notebooks and code snippets may only be shared publicly. Private sharing between teams is thus not allowed.
The submission limit is two submissions within 24 hours per team.
The leaderboard during the competition uses only a part of the submission data. The complete submission data will be evaluated after the competition ends to compute the final ranking.