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The GO Competition is currently in the Beta Testing Phase, also known as Phase 0.

During this phase, we provide you the opportunity to get familiar with the competition platform: the problem to be solved, formats for input and output files, registration, algorithm submission and scoring. We encourage you, as a potential competitor, to try out the platform and raise questions through the Forum or Contact Us directly. Your participation in this phase will help improve the competition platform and process.

Participation at this point carries no obligation for the future. Team membership is flexible at this point.

The formal competition is subject to appropriation of funding.

Competition Rules

Rules
Eligibility

A GO Competition Team is comprised of an entrant or an individual team leader and an optional set of team members. If the entrant is a US Entity rather than an individual, the team must identify an entrant official. Teams may enter under an official affiliation (e.g., a university or corporation). Teams may also have an official set of sponsors.

The GO Competition is open to team members of all nationalities and of all ages with the following caveats:

  • Participation by minors requires authorization by a parent or guardian.
  • Participants may compete individually or as part of a team.
  • Participants may be a member of more than one team.
  • To be eligible for a prize, an individual entrant must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or US Entity; a team must have a leader that is a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or US Entity. The contest is open to non-US entities with the restriction that if they seek formal recognition they must receive Foreign National Visitor and Assignment (FNVA) approval from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) - the competition hosting team. Additional eligibility to receive prizes is based on 15 U.S.C. § 3719.
  • An individual, organization, or sponsor is not eligible to apply or participate if he, she, or it is on the Specially Designated Nationals list.

Teams are intended to be wholly separate entities that do not share members, unique technology, official affiliations or financial interest.

Federal entities (from the US or any other country) are not eligible to participate as entrants, sponsors or official affiliates. Federal employees acting within the scope of their employment are not eligible to participate as entrants, entrant officials, team leaders or team members.

A Federal employee acting outside the scope of his or her employment should consult his or her ethics official before participating in the GO Competition. ARPA-E employees and support contractors, their spouses, dependents, and household members are not eligible to participate.

Any personnel funded by ARPA-E to support the GO Competition are not eligible to participate for prizes. This group includes, but is not limited to, any party providing datasets to the GO Competition as well as personnel whose scope of work covers GO Competition architecture development. This group is eligible to participate for listing in the competition leaderboards, though their participation in GO Competition support may be indicated there.

ARPA-E reserves the right to disqualify a participant whose actions are deemed to violate the spirit of the competition for any reason, including but not limited to, the violation of relevant laws or regulations in the course of participation in the GO Competition. 

Registration
  • Individuals do not have to be registered to access the competition website and download data sets.
  • Participants must be registered to submit algorithms to the GO Competition.
  • Participants may have only one active account at a time.
  • Team membership is indicated at the time of each submission.
  • Team names must be approved by the GO operations team.
Solution Submission
  • A submission is an attempt to solve the specified problem and associated data using the controlled competition platform. This can either be via source code that must be compiled, linked, and executed; interpreted and executed; or a binary execution file.
  • The solution to the problem must be in the format specified by the Evaluation procedure.
  • The number of submissions during a given time period from a team may be limited if demand on the evaluation platform exceeds its capability to respond equitably to all teams.
  • Each submission must be run on the controlled evaluation platform with no external communication. The Competition will provide access to popular licensed solvers. Solutions requiring licensed software not provided by the Competition must be self-contained.
  • Open source code use is encouraged but not required.
Restrictions

ARPA-E will reserve the right to disqualify a participant or team at any time whose actions are deemed to violate the rules of the competition, including but not limited to, the violation of relevant laws or regulations in the course of participation in the competition. ARPA-E will not authorize or consent to competition participants infringing on any U.S. patent or copyright while participating in the competition. No illegal activities may be undertaken for the purpose of participation in the competition.

    Prize Conditions

    If offered, prize eligibility criteria will be finalized and announced (on this website) prior to the start of Phase 1.

    Proposal Track Applications

    If ARPA-E chooses to proceed with a “proposal track,” proposal Track teams for Phase 1 will be competitively selected on the basis of proposals submitted to a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Proposal Track teams receiving an award through this FOA may not participate in the Open Track.

    Open Track Applications

    There is no fee for entry. Entrant registration materials are available on the GO Competition website and must be submitted in accordance with the instructions outlined herein. Entrants must be registered on the website with all relevant information submitted to ARPA-E no later than 12:00 noon (U.S. Eastern Time), TBD for Phase 1. 

    Intellectual Property

    ARPA-E claims no rights to software developed by Open Track competitors as a result of participation in the GO Competition.

    If ARPA-E proceeds with a Proposal Track, selected competitors should refer to the proposal track FOA for specific information on intellectual property (IP) licensing rights related to their participation.

    Additional Information

    The development of revolutionary technologies is a key objective of the GO Competition. Teams are invited to communicate directly with ARPA-E and competition hosting team regarding any rule that restricts their ability to demonstrate technical achievement and innovative solutions. Questions regarding rules should be sent to the GO Operations Team.

    ARPA-E may modify the rules at any time and for any reason, including the accommodation of a promising technical approach that would have been excluded by the rules.

    ARPA-E unilaterally reserves the right to cancel or modify the events at its sole discretion. Considerations may include availability of funds and technical viability.

    Application information collected by ARPA-E will be used solely for the purpose of administering the GO Competition. Use of application information is governed by the Privacy Policy posted on the GO Competition website.

    Teams may be listed on the GO Competition website to enable the event to be tracked by interested members of the public. The names and photographs of the winning teams may be posted on the ARPA-E website and released to the media.

    ARPA-E reserves the right to disqualify a participant whose actions are deemed to violate the spirit of the competition for any reason, including but not limited to, the violation of relevant laws or regulations in the course of participation in the GO Competition.

    By applying to and/or participating in the GO Competition, applicants and participants agree to follow these rules. Applicants and participants must agree to assume any and all risks and waive claims against the Federal Government and its related entities, except in the case of willful misconduct, for any injury, death, damage, or loss of property, revenue, or profits, whether direct, indirect, or consequential, arising from participation in the competition, whether the injury death, damage, or loss arises through negligence or otherwise.

    ARPA-E does not authorize or consent to GO Competition participants infringing on any U.S. patent or copyright while participating in the GO Competition. No illegal activities may be undertaken for the purpose of participation in the GO Competition.

    The appearance and reference to any person, name, place, film, artwork or any other images that are used in connection with the GO Competition does not constitute or imply endorsement by the U.S. Department of Energy or by ARPA-E.

    Questions regarding the rules, privacy policy, or other aspects of the GO Competition may be directed to the GO Operations Team.

    Scope and Precedence

    The rules outlined herein apply to all applicants and participants in the GO Competition. However, nothing in these rules, to include this document and any subsequent GO Competition rules documents, may be interpreted as modifying the statement of work or authorizing work outside the terms and conditions of any existing agreements or contracts with ARPA-E.

    ARPA-E will release additional documents with rules updates, procedures, and other information for teams. These additional documents carry the full authority of the rules in this document.

    All documents, including these Rules, will be posted and updated on the GO Competition website. All GO Competition documents including these Rules should be considered living documents, subject to update and clarification throughout the GO Competition program.