Development Awards

What: These monetary prizes will be awarded to the top 3 contributors in each workstream Label during each Milestone, as described below.

Why: To recognize and reward top contributors for shorter periods during the challenge and for individual skill areas that are critical to the project but may not have as many total points available.

There are four workstreams (“Labels”) that will run throughout the competition:

  1. Algorithms (machine learning models)
  2. Backend (software engineering and data pipelines)
  3. Frontend (UI/UX)
  4. Community (documentation and community contributions)

The challenge will be broken up into three stages (“Milestones”) that will each run for approximately a third of the live development period:

  1. Launch through MVP (Minimum Viable Product)
  2. Feature building and clinical feedback
  3. Feature freeze through bug fixes, testing, and final documentation

At the end of each milestone, we'll distribute $20,000 to the top 3 contributors for each workstream proportional to their points

Milestone 01: MVP 02: FEATURE_BUILDING 03: PACKAGING
PREDICTION

User 1 / 4000 points / $$$$

User 2 / 2000 points / $$

User 3 / 1000 points / $

User 1 / 4000 points / $$$$

User 2 / 2000 points / $$

User 3 / 1000 points / $

User 1 / 4000 points / $$$$

User 2 / 2000 points / $$

User 3 / 1000 points / $

INTERFACE_FRONTEND

User 1 / 4000 points / $$$$

User 2 / 2000 points / $$

User 3 / 1000 points / $

User 1 / 4000 points / $$$$

User 2 / 2000 points / $$

User 3 / 1000 points / $

User 1 / 4000 points / $$$$

User 2 / 2000 points / $$

User 3 / 1000 points / $

INTERFACE_BACKEND

User 1 / 4000 points / $$$$

User 2 / 2000 points / $$

User 3 / 1000 points / $

User 1 / 4000 points / $$$$

User 2 / 2000 points / $$

User 3 / 1000 points / $

User 1 / 4000 points / $$$$

User 2 / 2000 points / $$

User 3 / 1000 points / $

COMMUNITY

User 1 / 4000 points / $$$$

User 2 / 2000 points / $$

User 3 / 1000 points / $

User 1 / 4000 points / $$$$

User 2 / 2000 points / $$

User 3 / 1000 points / $

User 1 / 4000 points / $$$$

User 2 / 2000 points / $$

User 3 / 1000 points / $

The amount of prize money earned will be proportional to the number of points that each of these top 3 finishers earned in that Label during that Milestone.

NOTE: A contributor may receive a monetary award even if they do not have more points than other participants, as long as they are in the top 3 within their Label and Milestone. Again the purpose of these prizes is to promote work that needs to be done in important areas during the challenge, even if they do not have the most total points available. Some examples:

  • Label-based ranking: Let’s say Contributor X earns 250 points in the Community Label during Milestone 1, and she has the most total points in that “Community-MVP” cell. Contributor Y earns 300 points in the Backend Label during Milestone 1, but there are 5 other participants with more points in the “Backend-MVP” cell. At the end of the challenge, Contributor X will get a Development Award and Contributor Y will not (for Milestone 1). Both contributors may receive an Overall Challenge Award from their points as well.
  • Proportional prizes: Let’s say Contributor A earns 400 points in the Algorithms Label during Milestone 1, which puts her in 1st place for that category. Contributor B earns 200 points in the Frontend Label during Milestone 1, which puts him in 2nd place for this category. They didn’t place in the top 3 in any other workstreams. At the end of Milestone 1, there are 2,000 points earned in total by the 12 contributors filling the top spots for each workstream. In this case, Contributor A will earn 400/2,000 = 20% of the Development Prize Pool for Milestone 1 ($4,000) and Contributor B will earn 200/2,000 = 10% ($2,000). Again both contributors may receive an Overall Challenge Award from their points as well.

Overall Challenge Awards

What: Additional prizes will be awarded to the top 10 overall contributors by point total at the end of the challenge.

Why: To recognize and reward continued contributions across the duration of the challenge.

1st Place: $10,000
2nd Place: $8,000
3rd Place: $5,000
4th Place: $4,000
5th Place: $3,000
6th Place: $2,000
7th Place: $2,000
8th Place: $2,000
9th Place: $2,000
10th Place: $2,000

In-Kind Awards

What: In addition to monetary awards provided by the Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, several of the challenge partners have made the following prizes available.

Why: To recognize and reward contributors who don’t earn prize money but nonetheless finish with high point totals or make other contributions that the technical panel deems to be especially significant or helpful.

  • Amazon will provide coupon codes for $1,000 in AWS credits to 20 contributors that finish just out of the monetary prize pool
  • Docker will provide coupon codes for private Docker repos
  • GitHub will provide coupon codes for a 1-year individual subscription including unlimited private repositories
  • ALCF and Travis will provide CI and cancer-fighting swag (t-shirts, water bottles, etc.)