12-13 July 2019 | 55 Broadway New York, NY 10006 | 18+ Event

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Would you trade in your office for a four-story sphere surrounded by 40,000 plants? The Spheres are a result of innovative thinking about the character of a workplace and an extended conversation about what is typically missing from urban offices – a direct link to nature.
AWS and NVIDIA are hosting a hackathon where you can build your own solutions around helping the environment. 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.
AWS’s Seattle Spheres
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.
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  • Cash Prize: $ 5,000.00


  • Cash Prize: $ 3,000.00


  • Cash Prize: $ 2,000.00

The Challenge

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

Example Topics

Soil and Land Pollution

Loss of Biodiversity

Agricultural Pollution

Climate Change


Sample Training Data

Sample Data – Single Day

Sample Data – 3 Consecutive Days

Sample Data - Day 1
Sample Data - Day 1
Sample Data - Day 1

Each of the 23 sensor is sampled at 15 minute intervals, therefore a day has 96 values per sensor concatenated with its sensor peers in the following order:

sensorList = ( ‘co2_1′,’co2_2’, ‘co2_3’, ‘co2_4’,
‘temp_1’, ‘temp_2’, ‘temp_3’, ‘temp_4’,
‘dew_1′,’dew_2’, ‘dew_3’, ‘dew_4’,
‘instLight_1’, ‘instLight_2’, ‘instLight_3’,
‘relH_1’, ‘relH_2’, ‘relH_3’, ‘relH_4’,
) + day and hour index

Additional details will be provided at the competition.


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.

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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.

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NVIDIA Platform

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.

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Tutorials & Sample Code

Amazon SageMaker

AWS Deep Learning AMIs

AWS Credits

Each attendee will receive $100 AWS credits to build out their solutions.  Make sure to create an AWS Account before you arrive.


Tuesday, July 9th:

18:30 20:00 EST Pre-AWS – 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
Background information about the Seattle Spheres
Challenge statement - AWS and NVIDIA
11:00 - Coding Begins
12:00 13:00 Lunch Served
13:00 - Seattle Spheres breakout session
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

Judging Criteria

Each submission will be scored in each round based on the following criteria with a minimum score of 0 and 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?


Wenming Ye

Sr. Solutions Architect, AWS

Miro Enev

Sr. Solutions Architect, NVIDIA

Claire Woodward

Horticulturist for the Seattle Spheres


  • Teams of up to 5 participants are allowed. All team members must have completed the participation agreement to compete.
  • Participants must be 18+ years old by the start of the hackathon
  • You may not begin your project until the competition officially begins. 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.


Who Can Attend?

All developers, designers and entrepreneurs who are 18 and over.

How are Teams Formed?

Teams can be created in advance using the Environmental Hackathon Slack channel and/ or onsite and will be comprised of 1 to 5 individuals.

How is the Environmental Hackathon Judged?

Judging will have one or two rounds, depending on the number of projects, each with a live presentation format without slides or pitch decks.

What is the fresh code rule?

All code developed as part of the Environmental Hackathon event must be fresh. Before the start of the hackathon, developers can create wireframes, designs and user flows. They can also come with hardware. But to keep things fair, all code must be written onsite at the hackathon. Other than that, almost anything goes and you can use any coding languages or open-source libraries.