General AI Challenge
DAYS TILL THE END OF ROUND 1 SUBMISSION
Challenge Update #14 - Submissions guide and Microsoft Azure for participants
July 10, 2017
The deadline for the Round 1 submissions - August 14th 2017 (23:59 CET) - is approaching quickly.
We are happy to say that we have over 450 registrants from more than 50 countries working on the Challenge at the moment - and more of you sign up every day! We are excited to see the solutions and choose the winners together with our Advisory Board members!
Just a brief review of the submission procedure:
You are expected to send an email to with basic information we request (name, contacts, competition category, evaluation hardware, target OS and sharing preference), and a white paper explaining the main principles and motivations behind the agent’s design in a brief, structured manner (2 pages max.; in case the whitepaper exceeds the 2-page limit, participants must include a one-page summary of the paper at the beginning).
After that, if you compete for the quantitative prize, we will ask you to upload the data to Microsoft Azure Blob Storage.
We prepared a detailed step-by-step guide through the submission process on Linux and on Windows. You can also find the detailed requirements and submission email template in this guide.
If you want to refresh the evaluation details and criteria, you can find them in the Specifications document.
Microsoft Azure access for participants
If you would like to train or test your agent on Microsoft Azure, you can get free access from our technological partner Microsoft Czech Republic and Slovakia. To get started, please get in touch with Tomas Prokop at email@example.com. Provide your team name, specify if you’d like to use VMs with GPUs (such as NV6) and attach a copy of your registration confirmation e-mail.
Note that even those who already requested access to Azure need to additionally request access to the GPU-equipped instances, if GPU use is intended.
Enabling access to GPU-equipped VMs can take several workdays. We recommend to ask for the access soon after you realize you or your team may need it.
Microsoft Azure webinar
for the General AI Challenge
Together with Microsoft Czech Republic and Slovakia, we held a webinar to introduce Azure and answer your questions. It covered the following areas:
Azure activation in BizSpark program
Specific workloads needed for the General AI Challenge (VMs, Docker, ML)
Tasks and evaluation of the General AI Challenge
Watch the recording of the webinar!
General AI Challenge in IEEE Spectrum
"... The Challenge competitors are designing AI agents that can engage in a dialog within a textual environment. The environment will be teaching the agents to react to text patterns in a certain way. As an AI progresses through the set of roughly 40 tasks, they become harder. The final tasks are impossible to solve in a reasonable amount of time unless the agent has figured out the environment’s logic, and can reuse some of the skills it acquired on previous tasks."
IEEE Spectrum has published an article about the General AI Challenge. make sure not to miss it!
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