[Join today] TensorFlow’s Kaggle Challenge to Help Protect Coral Reefs

Hi everyone!

We have exciting news!!! :tada: We are launching theTensorFlow-sponsored Kaggle challenge to locate and identify harmful crown-of-thorns starfish (COTS), as part of a broader partnership between the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and Google to help protect coral reefs everywhere.

Coral reefs are some of the most diverse and important ecosystems in the world, but have seen dramatic declines in populations around the world due to numerous threats including climate change, overfishing, and pollution. In Australia, overfishing and nutrient run-off have led to massive outbreaks of the coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfish. These creatures have been shown to drive major coral loss, and controlling their population is critical to reducing coral mortality and boosting reef resilience.

We teamed up with CSIRO to supercharge efforts in monitoring and eliminating COTS using artificial intelligence.

We are challenging the Kaggle community to build the most accurate and performant (in terms of runtime and memory usage) crown-of-thorns starfish object detection models for image sequences. For this challenge, we are offering $150,000 in prizes to the best solutions.

This is an amazing opportunity to have a real impact protecting coral reefs everywhere! The competition is now live, so please join the challenge today and get started with this notebook.

For more information, check our blog post and video.

We look forward to seeing what you come up with, good luck! If you have any questions, related to this competition, please feel free to ask them here! :point_down: