The VisionHack event, jointly organized by the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) MISIS, a Russian university, and Cognitive Technologies, a developer of artificial intelligence (AI) systems, is an international forum for IT developers that is aimed at solving real, practical issues of computer vision for unmanned vehicles. A prize fund of more than $30,000 is available. Teams from MIT (USA), the University of Cambridge (Great Britain), ASU (USA), the University of Science and Technology Beijing (P.R. China), UPC (Spain), and leading Russian universities plan to participate in the event. Approximately 150 people are expected to participate in the hackathon.

The main theme of the competition is computer vision in application of practical tasks for the driving of unmanned vehicles, which is currently one of the most relevant directions of artificial intelligence. The goal of the participants will be to create their own intellectual subsystem for driver assistance and ADAS (advanced driver assistance system) capable of automatically detecting various events on the road such as a car stopped in the middle of the street with its hazard lights on, a dog or small child about to cross the street, and the sun shining on a turn and blinding a driver.

Participants will be given a large array of data—several hundred 10-second videos—which will show different road situations and problems. "Participants will have to solve real and significant practical issues of computer vision for unmanned vehicles. We hope that the intelligent subsystems developed by participants will be included in the ADAS product lines, and will be able to significantly improve road safety, as well as to provide drivers with the necessary level of comfort. We are sure that the hackathon winners will be able to increase their value as specialist-professionals of the highest class, for whom doors to the world's leading AI development companies are open," said Olga Uskova, President of the Cognitive Technologies group.

The winner of the hackathon will be the team that provides the most accurate and comprehensive solution to the set of proposed road situations. Additionally, the organizers will prepare secondary prizes for qualitative decisions on specific developments.

VisionHack will be held in two rounds: the preliminary selection stage, from July 13 to 31, 2017, where participants will be asked to solve test tasks, and the on-site competition, at which the best teams will be invited to participate. Both individuals and teams (3-5 people) can register. The panel of judges will include specialists in the field of IT and artificial intelligence, business representatives, venture funds, and development institutions. The event will be held at the NUST MISIS Commune House.

An educational program and meetings with prominent representatives of the IT field (particularly in the field of unmanned vehicles) will be organized for the hackathon. Top managers of respected Russian and international companies will act as mentors and lecturers at the event. High-level managers of large Russian enterprises such as Alfa Group, Severstal, VEB, Rosatom, Gazprombank, and representatives of the Russian government will be invited to the event as honorary guests. World-renowned companies and developers of artificial intelligence, unmanned technologies, and hardware are among the event`s business partners.

For detailed information on VisionHack, visit http://visionhack.misis.ru/. Additional questions can be referred to the organizers at visionhack@misis.ru.