AWS DeepRacer Innovate Challenge
Submit your models and compete from anywhere in the world!
Date: January 1, 2020 to February 29, 2020
Get hands on - Learn ML in a fun, practical way!
Get started with machine learning!
Learn how to build, train and evaluate an autonomous driving model using AWS DeepRacer and reinforcement learning at AWS Innovate. The AWS DeepRacer Innovate Challenge will award prizes to registered developers of AWS Innovate who can submit the 3 fastest lap times to the virtual leaderboard!
Who should participate
This activity allows developers of all skill levels to get started with reinforcement learning by providing hands-on tutorials to quickly start training RL models and test them in a fun, autonomous car racing experience. You can start training your model on the virtual track in minutes, wherever you are.
How it works
Race! Submit your model to the AWS DeepRacer Innovate Challenge. We will track the performance of the Innovate registered participants on the leaderboard, and the top 3 racers will then receive AWS Credits. We will announce the winners by March 20, 2020 via email and on this website. For answers to other questions please see the FAQs.
How to participate
3 easy steps to get started
Prizes for this challenge
Participants who submit the top three fastest lap times will win prizes in the form of AWS Credits. You can check your lap times on the leaderboard for this challenge here. Winners will be announced via email and on this website, and AWS Credits* will be provided via email by March 20, 2020 to the winners
*Read the AWS Promotion Credit Terms and Conditions here.
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How to compete
Getting Started Resources
Frequently Asked Questions
AWS DeepRacer Innovate Challenge FAQs
Overview and registration process
What is AWS DeepRacer?
AWS DeepRacer is a 1/18th scale race car that gives you an interesting and fun way to get started with reinforcement learning (RL). With AWS DeepRacer, you now have a way to get hands-on with RL, experiment, and learn through autonomous driving. You can get started with the virtual car and tracks in the cloud-based 3D racing simulator. Read all the details about it here.
What is the AWS DeepRacer Innovate Challenge?
AWS DeepRacer Innovate Challenge is a competition that is part of the AWS DeepRacer Community Virtual Race. AWS Innovate registered racers with the 3 fastest lap times in the Virtual Circuit will receive AWS Credits. Racers can submit their models from January 1, 2020, 12:01am, until Febuary 29, 2020, 11:59pm London Time.
Participants enrolled in the AWS DeepRacer Innovate Challenge who successfully submit an entry to the AWS DeepRacer leaderboard will earn a one-time AWS credit of $25 value, which they will receive via email by March 20, 2020.
How does the challenge work, how do I sign up, and how do I qualify for the prizes?
Race! Submit your entry to AWS DeepRacer Innovate Challenge's Virtual Circuit. We will track the performance of the Innovate registered participants on the leaderboard, and the top 3 racers will then receive AWS Credits. Remember, to qualify for entry into the AWS DeepRacer Innovate Challenge, you must:
1. Register for AWS Innovate Online Conference – AI/ML Edition
2. On the same form above, provide your existing (or preferred) AWS account’s email address which you will use to submit your model.
PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST COMPLETE THE REGISTRATION FOR AWS INNOVATE AND PROVIDE THE EMAIL ADDRESS ASSOCIATED WITH YOUR AWS ACCOUNT WHICH YOU WILL USE TO SUBMIT YOUR MODELS. While you will need a credit card to create an AWS account, you will not be charged to create the account. You can create an AWS account here.
3. You need to submit your model to the AWS DeepRacer Innovate Challenge Virtual Circuit leaderboard between January 1 and Febuary 29, 2020. You can sign up and start building in the AWS DeepRacer console.
By March 20, 2020 you will see your lap times and scores on the leaderboard for this challenge. AWS Credits will be provided via email to the top 3 racers registered to AWS Innovate. Winners will be announced via email and on the website. In addition, all participants enrolled in the AWS DeepRacer Innovate Challenge who successfully submit an entry will earn a one-time AWS credit of $25 value, which they will receive via email by March 20, 2020.
For AWS to recognize you as a challenge participant and for you to qualify for the AWS credits, you must agree and comply with the program terms, including providing your email address and AWS account ID, so that we can check your race scores. For full details, please read the AWS DeepRacer Innovate Challenge rules here.
How do I sign up for AWS DeepRacer Innovate Challenge?
Do I have to use the same email address to register for AWS DeepRacer Innovate Challenge and AWS Innovate Online Conference?
Not necessary. However, you must provide us with the alternative email address associated with your AWS account when you register for AWS Innovate Online Conference – AI/ML Edition. Remember, this email address has to match your AWS account email address which you will use to submit your models. AWS DeepRacer Innovate Challenge will use this email address and account ID to identify top racers from the program, and feature the participants on the leaderboard by March 20, 2020.
Resources to get started
Where can I learn how to get started with AWS DeepRacer?
Whether you are new to machine learning or ready to build on your existing skills, we can help you get ready to race. See resources to get started here.
At AWS Innovate Online Conference on Febuaray 19, 2020, we have live coding sessions to show developers, even those with no prior machine learning experience on how to get started with the basics of reinforcement learning (a branch of machine learning that's ideal for training autonomous vehicles) and prepare you to compete in the AWS DeepRacer Innovate Challenge. We will also get under the hood and teach you how to create your model and reward functions using Amazon SageMaker and how to use tools to help you tune those reward functions and maximize their performance. You can check the event agenda here.
In addition, the AWS DeepRacer simulator provides a tutorial to get you started with reinforcement learning and training your first model. You will then also be able to evaluate and tune your models before racing them in the AWS DeepRacer Innovate Challenge. The AWS DeepRacer developer documentation provides additional details on building your first model here and on how to improve your models here. You can also use this github lab to build your model in 50 mins.
Creating your model
When does the AWS DeepRacer Innovate Challenge begin? When does it end?
The AWS DeepRacer Innovate Challenge begins January 1, 2020, 12:01am, and finishes on Febuary 29, 2020, 11:59pm London Time. Interested developers can register now and submit your model.
Do I have to build my own model to race?
Yes! For the Virtual Circuit, there are tutorials inside the AWS DeepRacer simulator on how to build your own model to get started. With the tutorials and documentation, you will have everything you need to create your own model. We will also go over the process on Febuary 19, 2020 at AWS Innovate Online Conference. Check the event agenda here.
Do I need an AWS DeepRacer car in order to use the AWS DeepRacer simulator?
No. You can train models and evaluate them without owning an AWS DeepRacer car.
Will I be charged for using AWS services?
You can read everything about AWS DeepRacer pricing here.
To get you started with the AWS DeepRacer service console, we provide credits to cover the first seven hours of usage as part of the Free Tier. This is enough to train your first model, evaluate it, tune it, and then enter it into the AWS DeepRacer Innovate Challenge. At the end of the first month that you use AWS DeepRacer, your account will receive the following service credits: 65 Simulation Unit hours ($26) for AWS RoboMaker, 10 hours of training ($5.57) on an ML.C4.2XL Amazon SageMaker instance, and $1.50 to cover Amazon S3, Amazon Kinesis Video Streams, and Amazon CloudWatch costs. The service credits will be loaded at the end of the month, will be valid for a month, and will be visible on your billing statement. Visit the AWS DeepRacer Pricing page for more details.
You will also benefit from the Free Tiers for other AWS services. If you have never used AWS RoboMaker, you will receive the AWS RoboMaker Free Tier for the first month. Furthermore, on a monthly basis, you will also benefit from the Amazon S3 and Amazon CloudWatch Free Tier.
All participants enrolled in the AWS DeepRacer Innovate Challenge who successfully submit an entry to the AWS DeepRacer Innovate Challenge Leaderboard will earn a one-time AWS credit of with a $25 value, which they will receive via email by March 20, 2020. This is in addition to the AWS Free Tier credits outlined above. Please see the AWS Promotional Credit Terms and Conditions here.
If I’ve previously participated in AWS DeepRacer before this AWS DeepRacer Innovate Challenge, may I race again?
Great to see your enthusiasm! We encourage you to take advantage of your earlier experience and submit some great new entries for this AWS DeepRacer Innovate Challenge race.
How many hours a week may I spend on this program?
You can work on your AWS DeepRacer submissions for as long as you’d like. You can submit multiple entries if you’d like to try to improve your lap time and point score.
Where can I read more about this AWS DeepRacer Innovate Challenge?
Questions about the challenge?