Neurala Announces Brain Builder "AI for Good" Competition for Developers

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Following the announcement of its Brain Builder beta program, Neurala, the award-winning artificial intelligence company, today announced a call for submissions for its "AI for Good" competition.

Developers who participate in the "AI for Good" contest will have the chance to win a $1,000 first-place cash prize. The second-place finalist will win an EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2, and the third-place winner will receive a DJI phantom 3. Entries will be judged by a panel of industry experts. Neurala's own applications and commitment to this theme include its work with Motorola Solutions' first responder body cams to help find missing children, as well as its partnership with the Lindbergh Foundation to help combat animal poaching in Africa.

Each proposal should feature a detailed explanation of the approach the applicant will take to achieve the desired objective. This may include technological frameworks, development pathways, test dataset, what functions and technologies will be utilized, and how success will be measured.

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OpenDaylight Project Hosts Second-Annual SDN Application Contest

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The OpenDaylight Project, the networking industry's largest open source project focused on Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), today announced the second OpenDaylight SDN Dragon's Den will take place September 26, 2016, at OpenDaylight Summit 2016 in Seattle. The event provides a platform for participants to pitch various SDN application ideas in a lively "competitive showcase" environment.

The evening event invites participants to present a seven-minute pitch, including an overview and demo, to the "Dragons of Networking"-- leading developers and users from the OpenDaylight community and the investor world who will evaluate and provide feedback on the technical viability and real-world applicability of the SDN application pitches.

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NASA opens earth science data, cloud computing to the public as part of new contest

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NASA launched a new contest Tuesday for imagining and then building new uses for the space agency’s trove of earth sciences data. The challenge — actually two of them, broken down into the imagination and building stages — kicks off on July 1 and runs through Nov. 15, and utilizes the NASA Open Earth Exchange platform.

The exchange’s datasets and informational material, as well as the computing resources for the challenge, are hosted on Amazon Web Services. This is not the first time NASA has opened its data to the public as part of a challenge. It had previously partnered with TopCoder, a platform for crowdsourced challenges, on a number of competitions. The OpenNEX challenge is in partnership with Innocentive...

Cloud Computing: Filling the gaps - Microsoft contest locates new prime numbers

Grazed from CNet. Author: Stephen Shankland.

Prime numbers are endlessly fascinating to computing and math fans, and there's an infinite supply of them. A Microsoft contest succeeds in fleshing out the list of primes that aren't actually the largest. A contest to promote technical education and Microsoft's cloud-computing infrastructure has turned up a previously unknown prime number more than 342,000 digits long -- and a bunch of other smaller ones.

The Microsoft Prime Challenge contest winner, a US resident who goes by the username PHunterLau, also turned up at least four other primes in the contest. The object of the competition was not to find the largest prime ever, but instead to find primes within the wide swaths of unexplored territory that current prime-number search techniques don't scrutinize...

SolarWinds Invites IT Pros to Create Geek-Inpsired Memes in Celebration of Sysadmin Day 2013

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SolarWinds, a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, today announced the launch of its Sysadmin Day Contest, in which IT pros can create memes portraying life as a sysadmin and earn a chance to a win a Microsoft Surface RT tablet with Touch Cover keyboard, Samsung Chromebook 3G and $100 gift card.
"IT pros share a unique bond in that few people get what they really do - except other IT pros," said Michael Torok, thwack community director. "Sysadmin Day and SolarWinds' contest offer IT pros an occasion to come together to celebrate what is so unique, obnoxious, or even fantastic about their jobs and to have fun with it."

Cloud Computing: Amazon Startup Contest Winners Strut Stuff

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The setting was Dogpatch WineWorks in San Francisco, a site where customers produce their own barrels of wine. But a different kind of ferment gripped the venue Jan. 24 as 120 developers, bloggers and analysts gathered there to see which mobile application producers Amazon Web Services selected as winners of this year's Global Startup Challenge.

Before the winners crossed the stage in WineWorks' large meeting hall, attendees sat through a presentation by Simone Brunozzi, senior AWS technology evangelist for the Bay area, on the many technical assists and services that Amazon provides developers building mobile apps in the EC2 cloud. They ranged from its AWS Mobile Software Development Kit to its DynamoDB database service...

Amazon opens cloud computing contest

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Amazon Web Services has opened the fifth annual AWS Start-Up Challenge, a contest that aims to recognize innovative uses of its cloud computing platform, the company said on Monday.

Cloud services are a good fit for startups. They have leveled the playing field as smaller companies gain the resources to compete in ways that were very expensive and often cost-prohibitive in the past, according to Amazon...