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Global AI Challenge on Meteorology Catch Rain If You Can
Megacities in the Greater Bay Area, Shenzhen, Hong Kong and other cities alike are often bombarded by severe weather with varying degrees of impact on society and people’s safety. One such example is heavy rain, which is notoriously volatile in nature and extremely difficult to catch, even just a couple of hours in advance! Can our cities be made smarter to shield the impact of severe weather? Is artificial intelligence (AI) the right agent to uphold the “shield”? To this end, the Meteorological Bureau of Shenzhen Municipality (SZMB) and the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) have made a joint visionary decision to step out the meteorological box and post the open challenge “Catch Rain If You Can!” on Alibaba Cloud's Tianchi platform and let data scientists from all over the world team up to help people stay dry in megacities!
Contest Award
  • First Prize USD $12,000

  • Second Prize USD $6,000

  • Third Prize USD $3,000

  • Fourth Prize USD $1,500

  • Fifth Prize USD $1,000

The top five ranked AI “shields” in the final test will win the above prizes according to their respective ranking. In addition to monetary prizes, the five winning teams will be invited to present their innovative solutions at the IEEE ICDM 2018 workshop held in Singapore, with an additional USD $1,500 to be awarded per team as a traveling allowance.


  • Registration Time: Open from 10:00 am (UTC+8) May 23, 2018 to 10:00 a.m. (UTC+8) September 10, 2018.
  • Registration Rules: A team of contestants may include one to four members. The registration information must be correct and valid. Any false information or cheating will result in immediate disqualification.
  • Registration Method: Contestants can log on to the Tianchi platform with an Alibaba Cloud account.


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About the Meteorological Bureau of Shenzhen Municipality

The Meteorological Bureau of Shenzhen Municipality (SZMB) is a Shenzhen municipal government department focusing on developing a modern and intelligent meteorological service, supplying high quality refined meteorological services, and establishing the sustainable development of science and technology innovation and standards in scientific management. The SZMB’s function is not only a weather forecast service but also a meteorological security service for social and economic development, especially in regard to urban safety, ecological development as well as social and economically sustainable development. For further information about the Meteorological Bureau of Shenzhen Municipality please refer to their website:
About Hong Kong Observatory

The Hong Kong Observatory is a government department responsible for monitoring and forecasting weather, as well as issuing warnings on weather-related hazards. The Observatory also monitors and assesses radiation levels in Hong Kong, and provides other meteorological and geophysical services to meet the needs of the public and the shipping, aviation, industrial and engineering sectors. For further information regarding the Hong Kong Observatory please refer to their website:
About Alibaba Cloud

As the cloud computing arm and business unit of Alibaba Group (NYSE: BABA), Alibaba Cloud provides a comprehensive suite of global cloud computing services to power both our international customers’ online businesses and Alibaba Group’s own e-commerce ecosystem.
About Tianchi

The Tianchi platform connects businesses and governments with data scientists from across the globe to provide solutions to the toughest problems facing different industries. Established in 2014, Tianchi has become one of the world's biggest big data science communities with 200,000 global users and has a proven track-record in supporting Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence.
About IEEE ICDM 2018

The IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM) has established itself as the world’s premier research conference in data mining. The conference covers all aspects of data mining, including algorithms, software and systems, and applications. ICDM draws researchers and application developers from a wide range of data mining related areas such as statistics, machine learning, pattern recognition, databases and data warehousing, data visualization, knowledge-based systems, and high-performance computing.
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