Contest Description and Rules

    By following the instructions here, contestants will use a manual image annotation tool, Labelme, to annotate and label images that contain public safety objects.

    The contest is open to all current university students (undergraduate and graduate) and high school students. The duration of the contest will be two weeks, starting on 9/8/2020 at 12:00am and concluding on 9/22/2020 at 11:59pm. The rules for the contest are as follows:

  • Contestant must be a part-time or full-time student at a university (undergraduate or graduate level) or high school student with a teacher sponsor.
  • If contestant is a high school student, they must have a teacher sponsor to monitor their progress.
  • Contestant must be fully registered by the registration deadline.
  • Contestant must use Labelme annotation tool for manual annotation.
  • Contestant may choose the images they will annotate from an existing online database or they may capture their own images.
  • Images should not include content that is “offensive”. Offensive content includes, but is not limited to, images containing nudity or sexual activity, violence, or any graphic, insensitive content.
  • Only use photos that you’ve taken, have the right to share, or are copyright-free.
  • All submitted work must be solely done by the contestant. Contestants cannot work in teams. Contestants cannot submit annotated images that they did not manually annotate.

Registration Information and Deadline

    Registration for the contest will begin on 8/24/2020 and conclude on 9/7/2020. The links for the registration forms are below. Please choose the appropriate form. After you have submitted your form, you will receive an email from a Map901 team member verifying that your registration has been accepted and providing further instructions on where you will submit your images for judging.

  • Registration Form for University Students
  • Registration Form for High School Students

Submission Information and Deadline

    All images must be submitted before the deadline on 9/22/2020 at 11:59pm. Below are the instructions for submission:

  • In their registration confirmation email, the contestant will receive a Labelme account and a link to set their password. Contestants will upload and submit their images for judging on their Labelme account.
  • Contestants must submit JPEG files ( *.jpeg, *.jpg, *.jpe ).
  • Only images that are submitted before the contest end date and time will be considered in the judging process.

Judging Process

    Each individual image will be judged on a rubric as follows:

  • Two points will be awarded for each annotated image that is submitted.
  • Points will be awarded for each instance of a labeled priority object according to scale determined by values in the priority object table. For example, a fire alarm is worth 4 points, a sign exit is worth 3.6 points, and a smoke detector is worth 3.2 points. Points will only be awarded for correctly labeled objects.
  • Additionally, the judges will provide feedback to each contestant while the contest is ongoing. For every image that a contestant submits for review, a judge will review the image and provide feedback if there are any errors, so the contestant can make necessary changes and resubmit images before the contest ends. However, if a contestant resubmits the same image, the judges will only count the “better”, or higher value image.

Contest Prizes

    After the contest concludes, the judges will evaluate each submitted image according to the judging criteria and rubric. Prizes will be awarded to the first, second, and third place winners. To be considered for the top three prizes, contestants must reach at least 2000 points. The prize will be a gift card and the amount for each winner is $100 for first place, $75 for second place, and $50 for third place. Additionally, a $20 prize will be awarded to all contestants that achieve at least 1000 points. However, contestants are not eligible for this prize if they are receiving one of the top three prizes. There will also be five random drawings for $10 prizes for those contestants that did not receive a prize.

    Additionally, after the contest concludes, Map901 will provide certificates for volunteer hours if the contestant requests some documentation. The contestant will receive a certificate recognizing their volunteer hours and these volunteer hours will be calculated by the number of labeled images they submit.

Contact Information

    If you have questions regarding the contest, please contact us at