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The top-five winners of the challenge will be offered not only a prize from the AI4EO sponsored prizes, but will also be invited to present their winning solution to the challenge expert team (see the Overview page) with the possibility to discuss and receive feedback from the AI and sea ice domain experts. The Winners event will be held as a half-day virtual workshop following the challenge closure.

It is mandatory for the top-five winners to participate in the Winners event, to get their prize.

The winners can choose prizes from the AI4EO prize catalogue for the following points:

  • The #1 winner/winning team will get EUR 3,000.
  • #2 will get 5,000 AI4EO points.
  • #3 will get 4,000 AI4EO points.
  • #4 will get 3,000 AI4EO points.
  • #5 will get 1,500 AI4EO points.

Publication in a scientific journal

A special issue with the journal The Cryosphere (TC) has been arranged, entitled "AutoICE: results of the sea ice classification challenge". As of 1 April 2023, participants can submit a paper contribution by using the online registration form on the TC website: All participants are encouraged to submit a manuscript detailing their approach and achieved results to that special issue. The deadline for submission is 1 May 2024. During the registration process, the correct special issue must be selected.

In addition, an article will be prepared for the TC special issue with an overview of the challenge itself and a comparison of the top-performing participant solutions. The article will be co-authored by the organizers and contributing participants appointed by the organizers after the challenge closure. We expect the contribution from participants to be in the size of 0.5-1 page per solution.

Prize Eligibility and announcements of the winners

The final score on the platform leaderboard will decide the winners of the challenge. However, if any concerns about a solution’s validity arise, the organizers reserve the right to contact the team leader of the corresponding team to resolve such issues. If the issues cannot be resolved, the team will not be eligible to receive prizes. The winners will be officially announced following the challenge closure.

The rules for participants' eligibility for cash prizes are described in the AI4EO prize catalog (see link above).

Ownership of your solution

Any of your intellectual property rights contained in the solution you will develop for this challenge will remain yours. While we ask you to submit the code at the end of this challenge to be eligible for the prizes, we will only use this to validate your approach. Any Organizer or other stakeholder who views your code will be required to sign an NDA. Please note that the solutions will be presented at the workshop and must be discussed in the papers, hence the high-level algorithms will be disclosed.

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