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July 12, 2019 - July 13, 20199:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Bond Bushwick
12 Park Street
Brooklyn, New York 11206 United States

Environmental Hackathon

Would you trade in your office for a four-story sphere surrounded by 40,000 plants? Here at AWS, we saw a gap in urban environmentalism and decided to take action by creating a direct link to nature through an innovative workspace: the Seattle Spheres.

We believe technological innovation can help in the fight to better our environment.

Because of this, we have partnered up with NVIDIA to bring you a hackathon around showcasing your own solutions around helping the environment or even expanding innovation inside the Seattle Spheres.

Whether you are passionate about stopping deforestation, tackling climate change, or are also interested in bringing nature into urban environments, we want to see what you can do. You bring the big ideas and we’ll provide the AI tools and powerful cloud infrastructure for you to build your vision.

The spheres range from three to four stories tall, house 40,000 plants as well as meeting space and retail stores. The domes are kept at a temperature of 72 °F (22 °C) and 60 percent humidity during the daytime with sensors that collect data about temperature, humidity, light, CO2, dew point, and other environmental variables. They were created to not only provide a creative workspace for AWS employees but to be an example of how to think big about reintroducing nature into urban environments.

Learn More About the Spheres By Clicking Here


  • Cash Prize: $ 5,000.00


  • Cash Prize: $ 3,000.00


  • Cash Prize: $ 2,000.00

Develop a visual machine learning model that deliver accurate alerts for a range of environmental conditions.

Example Topics:

  • Soil and Land Pollution

  • Loss of Biodiversity

  • Agricultural Pollution

  • Climate Change

  • Deforestation

Amazon SageMaker

Amazon SageMaker is a fully-managed machine learning platform that enables developers and data scientists to quickly and easily build, train, and deploy machine learning models at any scale. Amazon SageMaker includes the most common machine learning algorithms and is also pre-configured with the latest versions of frameworks such as TensorFlow and Apache MXNet. Learn more.

Amazon EC2 P3 Instances

With Amazon EC2 P3 instances, powered by the NVIDIA Volta architecture, you can significantly reduce machine learning training times from days to hours. Learn more.


NVIDIA GPUs along with the CUDA-X AI libraries are supported on AWS EC2 P & G instances as well as AWS SageMaker for Training & Inference. NVIDIA GPUs are the most widely adopted platform for DL training and the most performant for real-time inference and accelerate all deep learning frameworks. This complete platform saves data science researchers and developers time and money, letting them bring next-generation AI-powered services to life. Learn more.

Tuesday, July 9th:
18:30 20:00 Pre- NVIDIA Environmental Hackathon Virtual Session via Zoom
Webinar Link: https://zoom.us/j/790176098
Meeting Number: 790 176 098

Friday, July 12th:
09:00 – 10:00: Doors Open & Breakfast Served
10:00 – 11:00: Opening Ceremony with Background information about the Seattle Spheres
11:00: Coding Begins
12:00 – 13:00: Lunch Served
13:00 – 14:00: Coding
18:00 – 19:00: Dinner Served
20:00 – 20:30: Pitch Workshop
24:00: Midnight Snack / Hack through the Night*
*The venue will be open and staffed overnight if you’d like to hack through the night.

Saturday, July 13th:
07:00 – 08:00: Breakfast Served
10:00 – 11:00: Pitch Practice Session
12:00 – 13:00: Lunch Served
13:00: Submission Deadline
14:00 – 15:00: Judging/Demonstration (3min pitch w/ 2min Q&A)
15:00 – 15:30: Judge Deliberation
15:30 – 16:00: Closing Ceremony & Awards
16:00: Event Close

Each submission will be scored in each round based on the following criteria with a minimum score of 0 and a maximum score of 20 points, with the final score being the average of the judges’ scores:

  • Simplicity (5 points): Is the application simple to use and can the team explain it clearly in three sentences or less?

  • Creativity (5 points): How creative was the team in developing an innovative solution for the challenge?

  • Impact (5 points): Did the team create an application that can have a real and valuable impact?

  • Design/Visualization (5 points): Was the UX/UI intuitive and appealing?

  • Teams of up to 5 participants are allowed. All team members must have completed the participation agreement to compete.

  • Participants must be 18 years of age and citizens of the continental United States upon registration.

  • You may begin working on wireframes, designs, and workflows before the competition begins, but you can’t begin building your actual project until the competition officially begins on July 12th. Please don’t come in and build on top of previous projects if you want to win.

  • Winning teams will be subject to a code-review at some point following the event or immediately before winning.

Learn more about the Environmental Hackathon: https://environmentalhack.com/