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2019 Self-Driving Global Challenge

Engineering   ·   Challenge   ·   Meetup  

GUIYANG-CHINA

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VISION

From Stuttgart to Nürburgring, the most innovative technology in the automobile industry usually originate from the racing track and the most passionate brands are derived from various challenges. The value of challenge lies not just in competing, it’s more about the driving force behind industry revolution. In the hackathon approach, Moving Hackathon continues to facilitate the intelligent transformation of traditional vehicles, and every Hackathon would ignite an engineer party with the spirit of engineering challenge. Lit with a sense of technology punk and technology democratization, Moving Hackathon nurtures iteration and innovation from the bottom up. 

WHY MOVING HACKATHON

Self-driving technology has brought enormous possibilities to future transportation. Engineers, hackers, students, developers and other talents around the world are dedicating themselves to the development of self-driving technologies. But they found it hard to test their ideas and works in real world due to the high entry barrier of self-driving. The industry is currently reserved only for the big league, with heavy financial backing, which is pushing small players out at the very beginning of the game. 

Testing and engineering are essential elements for technology development. The significance increases when it comes to self-driving, which puts safety and application in daily life at the first priority. When a self-driving engineer or hacker finishes their works and needs testing, the expensive hardware and high-maintenance engineering platform hinder the birth of the next possible big breakthrough in self-driving development. 

Moving Hackathon provides car platforms equipped with computing abilities, sensors, drive-by-wire control and other hardware support, also closed urban roads to test and challenge for global self-driving engineers, who can stay focused on algorithms/software design, optimization and development without worrying about car/hardware to test. Moving Hackathon is a self-driving global meetup with two onsite participating categories: Full-sized Self-driving Car Onsite Challenge and DIY Robocars Donkey Car Challenge. With sparking spirit of engineering  and technology innovation as the aim, Moving Hackathon is meant to facilitate the mutual growth and inspiration among self-driving startups, engineers, developers and enthusiasts worldwide. 

As an engineer networking Meetup with beers, Moving Hackathon opens up for like-minded travelers on the road to mobility innovation and development: tackle the difficulties, mark the progress, explore the possibilities of self-driving technology, enjoy the fun of running coding/algorithms on real self-driving cars and more,

Moving Hackathon, challenging yourself to shape the scope and direction of future self-driving mobility. 

WHAT’S IN THERE

• First-hand Experiences On Real Self-driving Cars

(Get your hands on real self-driving cars and verify your algorithms while the car driving by itself)

• Software Deployment

(Experience the full software stack based on the self-driving framework to finish the challenges)

 

• Introductory to Open Source Software Autoware

 

• Mentorship and Guidance

(Experienced hardware and software engineers at PIX to provide onsite mentorship and assistance)

 

• Igniting Engineering Spirit

(Challenge yourself and finish the meaningful adventure through collaboration)

 

• Global Engineer Meetup

(Meet with global self-driving engineers to network, connect, beer and make friends)

 

• Sharing and Spreading Insights

(Fireside chats and presentations to share opinions and spread thoughts)

 

• Hackathon Bonus: Udacity Courses

(Chance to get Udacity course and Onsite Self-driving Training for free)

 MOVING HACKATHON

CATEGORIES

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Full-Sized Self-driving Car

Onsite Challenge

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DIY Robocars Donkey Car Challenge

Based on the application form and the supplementary technical form, final participants are selected to participate onsite Moving Hackathon that will be held during Big Data Expo in Guiyang. Bonus and rewards are offered. Hackathon rules can be found under each challenge category.

HACKATHON TIMELINE

Apr 1 - Apr 20, 2019

Online Application

Launching the official Moving Hackathon webpage with detailed information of different categories. Global participants fill in online application form on the website to apply for the Hackathon 

Apr 22, 2019

Final Participants List

Announcing the final participants list based on the application form and Pre-Hackathon Selection material 

May 22 - 26, 2019

Hackathon Challenge

· Full-Sized Self-driving Car Onsite Challenge
(Date: May 22-27, Location: Guizhou Science City)

· DIY Robocars Donkey Car Challenge
(Date: May 25-27, Location: Guizhou Science City)

Apr 20 - 22, 2019

Pre-Challenge Selection

The application form will be an important factor for selection. Besides that, certain applicants may receive a detailed technical form for the Pre-hackathon selection as supplementary material

Apr 23 - May 20, 2019

Warming-up

Selected participants optimize codes and warm-up remotely

May 27, 2019

Awarding and Closing Ceremony

Challenge results showcase and awarding ceremony for the Challenge winners

(Location: 2019 Big Data Expo Exhibition Center)

GOALS AND VALUES

  • With the same standard hardware vehicle platform provided onsite, participants will be able to test their self-driving software and deep learning algorithms, and eventually optimize them.

  • A comprehensive hackathon for self-driving algorithms and software.

  • Moving Hackathon aims to lower the entry barrier and drive development in self-driving technology

  • Help partners and participants to expand the self-driving markets in China and worldwide

  • Establish cooperation and develop collaboratively

HACKATHON CATEGORIES

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Full-sized Self-driving Car Onsite Challenge

Closed Urban Roads

Full-sized Self-driving Cars

Three Teams To Be Selected

Moving hackathon onsite challenge site in Guiyang

Urban roads in Guizhou Science and Technology Industrial Park

  • ​Three global teams will be selected for the full-sized car onsite challenge 

  • Teams build algorithms on vehicle platforms that are retrofitted by PIX team

  • Teams then finish driving skill challenge on designated roads to test the comprehensive ability of each team's algorithms and sensor solutions

  • Final scores are calculated based on single-mission performance and the total completion time of the Challenge

Challenge Missions

(Proposed)

  • Pedestrian (Mannequin Model) Avoiding

  • Speedup and Slowdown on Road

  • Overtaking and Changing Lane

  • Queueing

  • Construction Site Detour

  • Signal Perception

  • Multiple Obstacles Bypass

  • Non-Motor Vehicle Avoiding

  • 100 Meters Linear Acceleration

  • S-Bend Driving on “8”shaped Road

  • Passing Around Poles

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DIY Robocars Donkey Car Challenge

Indoor Tracks

Donkey Cars

10 Individuals Worldwide

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  • Ten individuals will be selected globally  for the onsite challenge

  • Participants use the donkey cars provided onsite by the Organizer to test and compete (or bring their own small-sized cars)

  • Run laps on the indoor tracks and each individual gets three runs. The fastest lap will be recorded

  • Participants with the shortest time records are the winners

About DIY Robocars

DIY Robocars (http://diyrobocars.com/) was founded by Chris Anderson in California in October 2016. The overall aim of DIY Robocars community is to make and race pro-level autonomous cars on a budget, for people who want to make and race DIY autonomous cars of any size, from tiny 16th scale to full-size, including go-karts.

Moving Hackathon second category is a local event companion to DIY Robocars, an opportunity to hack, compete, and show and tell. Donkey Car (http://www.donkeycar.com/), an open source DIY self driving platform for small scale cars, are used as standard challenge car for DIY Robocars Donkey Car Challenge of Moving Hackathon.

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 Full-sized Challenge Agenda

DAY1 Welcome and introduction, venue tour and get familiar with the vehicles; safety training session

DAY2  Work on the algorithms and programs based on hackathon challenge missions
 

DAY3 Test, debug and improve
 

DAY4 Test, debug and improve
 

DAY5 Teams go for the challenge
 

DAY6 Wrap-up presentation, closing ceremony and party

Small-sized Challenge Agenda

DAY1 Welcome and introduction, get familiar with the cars, test and optimize; safety training session

DAY2  Test and optimize, go for the challenge

DAY3 Wrap-up presentation, closing ceremony and party

Moving Hackathon

Equipment and Hardware

Equipment

  • Large CNC Machining Equipment

  • Desktop Precision Equipment

  • Hands Tool

  • Plasma Cutting Machine

  • Soldering Robotics

  • 3D Printers

  • CNC Tube Bending Machine

  • Robotic Metal 3D Printing 

  • Electrical Equipment

Car Hardware

  • Three Self-driving Vehicles (Equipped with drive-by-wire capabilities)

  • Ten Donkey Cars (1/10 scale car powered by Raspberry Pi)

  • RTK

  • LiDAR

  • HDR Camera

  • Millimeter-wave Radar

  • GPU Onboard Computer

  • Drive-by-wire Chassis 

  • Liddar sensor

APPLY FOR MOVING HACKATHON

FAQ

1.What is Moving Hackathon? 

Moving Hackathon is a self-driving global meetup with two onsite participating categories: Full-sized Self-driving Car Onsite Challenge and DIY Robocars Donkey Car Challenge. With sparking spirit of engineering  and technology innovation as the aim, Moving Hackathon is meant to facilitate the mutual growth and inspiration among self-driving startups, engineers, developers and enthusiasts worldwide. 

2.What will I do exactly? What’s the Hackathon rules?

There will be two categories for Moving Hackathon

· Full-Sized Self-driving Car Onsite Challenge

· DIY Robocars Donkey Car Challenge

Based on the application form and the supplementary technical form, final participants are selected to participate onsite Moving Hackathon that will be held during Big Data Expo in Guiyang. Bonus and rewards are offered. Hackathon rules can be found under each challenge category.

3.Where is Moving Hackathon?

Guiyang, Guizhou, China

5.Is there a deadline for application?

The deadline for online application is 12:00 PM, April 20th, UTC+8, 2019

5.The Pre-Hackathon Selection and the Final List ?

Pre-Hackathon Selection (Apr 20- 22, 2019)

Final participants list will be announced on April 22nd.

6. What about the travel expenses?

For selected participants (individual, team, company etc.), the Organizer will reimburse up to $1000 (USD) per person for international travel and up to $350 (USD) per person for travel within mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

7. Where will I sleep and what to eat?

The Organizer will make full arrangement for the foods and accommodation during your stay.