On 14 March 2019, tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall at the port of Beira, Mozambique, before moving across the region. Millions of people in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe have been affected by what is the worst natural disaster to hit southern Africa in at least two decades.
In recent decades, countries across Africa have experienced an increase in the frequency and severity of floods. Malawi has been hit with major floods in 2015 and again in 2019. In fact, between 1946 and 2013, floods accounted for 48% of major disasters in Malawi. The Lower Shire Valley in southern Malawi, bordering Mozambique, composed of Chikwawa and Nsanje Districts is the area most prone to flooding.
The objective of this challenge is to build a machine learning model that helps predict the location and extent of floods in southern Malawi.
This competition is sponsored by Arm and UNICEF as part of the 2030Vision initiative.
About 2030Vision (2030vision.com):
2030Vision is an initiative founded to propel technology forward to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 2030Vision aims to transform the use of technology through collaborative partnerships and innovative projects, to support the delivery of the SDGs and unlock the commercial opportunities they offer, by identifying and scaling impactful technologies through multi-sector partnerships.
About UNICEF (unicef.org):
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is a United Nations agency responsible for providing humanitarian and developmental aid to children around the world. UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across more than 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone.
About Arm (arm.com):
Arm is the world’s leading semiconductor IP company with technologies reaching 70% of the global population. Arm’s device architectures orchestrate the performance of the technology that's transforming our lives — from smartphones to supercomputers, from medical instruments to agricultural sensors, and from base stations to servers. In response to the Global Goals and in recognition of Arm’s position within the technology sector, Arm founded 2030Vision in 2017, in partnership with the UN system and others.
Teams and collaboration
You may participate in this competition as an individual or in a team of up to four people. When creating a team, the team must have a total submission count less than or equal to the maximum allowable submissions as of the formation date. A team will be allowed the maximum number of submissions for the competition, minus the highest number of submissions among team members at team formation. Prizes are transferred only to the individual players or to the team leader.
Multiple accounts per user are not permitted, and neither is collaboration or membership across multiple teams. Individuals and their submissions originating from multiple accounts will be disqualified.
Code must not be shared privately outside of a team. Any code that is shared, must be made available to all competition participants through the platform. (i.e. on the discussion boards).
Datasets and packages
The solution must use publicly-available, open-source packages only. Your models should not use any of the metadata provided.
You may use only the datasets provided for this competition.
The data used in this competition is the sole property of Zindi and the competition host. You may not transmit, duplicate, publish, redistribute or otherwise provide or make available any competition data to any party not participating in the Competition (this includes uploading the data to any public site such as Kaggle or GitHub). You may upload, store and work with the data on any cloud platform such as Google Colab, AWS or similar, as long as 1) the data remains private and 2) doing so does not contravene Zindi’s rules of use.
You must notify Zindi immediately upon learning of any unauthorised transmission of or unauthorised access to the competition data, and work with Zindi to rectify any unauthorised transmission or access.
Your solution must not infringe the rights of any third party and you must be legally entitled to assign ownership of all rights of copyright in and to the winning solution code to Zindi.
Submissions and winning
You may make a maximum of 10 submissions per day. Your highest-scoring solution on the private leaderboard at the end of the competition will be the one by which you are judged.
As the challenge has now closed, the maximum number of submissions per day is 30.
Zindi maintains a public leaderboard and a private leaderboard for each competition. The Public Leaderboard includes approximately 20% of the test dataset. While the competition is open, the Public Leaderboard will rank the submitted solutions by the accuracy score they achieve. Upon close of the competition, the Private Leaderboard, which covers 100% of the test dataset, will be made public and will constitute the final ranking for the competition.
If you are in the top 20 at the time the leaderboard closes, we will email you to request your code. On receipt of email, you will have 48 hours to respond and submit your code following the submission guidelines detailed below. Failure to respond will result in disqualification.
If your solution places 1st, 2nd, or 3rd on the final leaderboard, you will be required to submit your winning solution code to us for verification, and you thereby agree to assign all worldwide rights of copyright in and to such winning solution to Zindi.
If two solutions earn identical scores on the leaderboard, the tiebreaker will be the date and time in which the submission was made (the earlier solution will win).
The winners will be paid via bank transfer, PayPal, or other international money transfer platform. International transfer fees will be deducted from the total prize amount, unless the prize money is under $500, in which case the international transfer fees will be covered by Zindi. In all cases, the winners are responsible for any other fees applied by their own bank or other institution for receiving the prize money. All taxes imposed on prizes are the sole responsibility of the winners.
You acknowledge and agree that Zindi may, without any obligation to do so, remove or disqualify an individual, team, or account if Zindi believes that such individual, team, or account is in violation of these rules. Entry into this competition constitutes your acceptance of these official competition rules.
- All data used
- Output data and where they are stored
- Explanation of features used
- Your solution must include the original data provided by Zindi and validated external data (no processed data)
- All editing of data must be done in a notebook (i.e. not manually in Excel)
- You must use the most recent versions of packages. Custom packages in your submission notebook will not be accepted.
- You may only use tools available to everyone i.e. no paid services or free trials that require a credit card.
Consequences of breaking any rules of the competition or submission guidelines:
Monitoring of submissions
Further updates and rulings of note:
We reserve the right to update these rules at any time.
The error metric for this competition is the Root Mean Squared Error.
For every row in the dataset, submission files should contain 2 columns: Square_ID and target_2019.
Your submission file should look like this:
Square_ID target_2019 4e3c3896-14ce-11ea-bce5-f49634744a41 0.75 4e3c3898-14ce-11ea-bce5-f49634744a41 0.23 4e3c3899-14ce-11ea-bce5-f49634744a41 1.0
1st Place: $5 000 USD
2nd Place: $3 000 USD
3rd Place: $2 000 USD
Competition closes on 18 May 2020.
Final submissions must be received by 11:59 PM GMT.
We reserve the right to update the contest timeline if necessary.