Calling all citizen data scientists and technologists: ML4SETI Hackathon & Code Challenge

Want to join us in our mission to find intelligent radio signals from beyond our solar system?

You can help expand our radio-telescope signal classification tools using the latest developments in machine- and deep-learning by participating in our global code challenge and hackathon.



Two full days, June 10-11, 2017, at the Galvanize office in San Francisco, CA. You’ll be introduced to SETI data analysis, get hands-on help from SETI researchers and IBM data scientists, and hear presentations from Jill Tarter, Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI research at the SETI Institute, and from Danny Price from the UC Berkeley SETI Research Center. Cost of participation is $65. Register here.

Code Challenge

The hackathon kicks off a two-month long global code challenge, ending July 31. Build the best signal classifier using our simulated data set. There is no cost to participate. Register here.

Awards and prizes will be granted at the hackathon, and at the end of the code challenge. A team can win both the hackathon and the code challenge. The main requirement is that your classification tool must be portable to run on our IBM Apache Spark cluster where we will test your classifier on our larger, private simulated data set.

You must register separately for the hackathon and code challenge.

For more details, please read more.