The deadline for Stage 1 submissions was 4:59 PM ET on Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 (see Stage 1 below).
These Official Rules, Terms and Conditions apply to the Opioid Detection Challenge. Please read these Rules, Terms and Conditions carefully before submitting to the Opioid Detection Challenge.
The Challenge calls on innovators in a wide range of fields, from forensic science to industrial quality assurance to artificial intelligence, to help disrupt the flow of opioids into the United States by participating in this Challenge. The Challenge seeks novel, automated, nonintrusive, user-friendly, and well developed plans for tools and technologies that have the potential to quickly and accurately detect opioids in parcels, without disrupting the flow of mail.
The Opioid Detection Challenge (the Challenge) will be conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate, (DHS S&T), in partnership with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) and the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), collectively referred to as “the government.” Luminary Labs, L.L.C. (Luminary Labs) has been contracted to assist and support the government in organizing and managing the Challenge. Activities conducted by Luminary Labs may also include providing technical assistance to potential entrants, entrants, and finalists.
Stage 1 of the Challenge seeks novel plans for tools which can detect opioids in international mail, specifically parcels. Solutions should be nonintrusive, accurate, well developed, and easy to use, with the potential to screen packages quickly without disrupting the flow of mail. At the conclusion of the Open Submission period of Stage 1, up to eight (8) finalists will be selected to enter Stage 2 of the Challenge, and share the $800,000 Stage 1 prize pool. Both domestic and international teams are equally encouraged to submit solutions. The government may consider awarding nonmonetary recognition(s) to any submission(s) which are of high interest to the government, but not selected as finalists. At the conclusion of Stage 1, finalists will have the opportunity to add to their teams in order to maximize their likelihood of success through Stage 2, when teams will be developing their prototypes. In order to facilitate this, Stage 1 submission abstracts and team contact information will be made available to finalists.
Finalists will continue to Stage 2, where they will compete for a $750,000 prize pool, including a grand prize of $500,000 and a runner-up prize of $250,000. Starting in summer 2019, finalists will participate in a prototyping accelerator, where they will develop their Stage 1 submissions from detailed plans into prototypes. Stage 2 will culminate in a mandatory testing event hosted by the government.
Developing Testable Prototypes
Finalists will participate in a 14-week prototyping accelerator. During this time, finalists will receive additional support, including mentors, guidance from government experts, educational webinars, access to additional datasets and/or information on current processes. It is anticipated that several webinars will be held featuring guidance and open question periods with government and other experts. Additionally, the Challenge will offer access to mentors to provide individual support to entrants. Training dataset(s) will be made available to finalists as required by the solution type.
Live Test Event
Stage 2 will culminate in a mandatory live test event, where finalists will convene at a government selected facility for on-site testing of their prototypes. A standard testing approach will be applied to all solutions. DHS will provide a set of articles on which the solutions will be tested. Test results will be a factor in determining the Stage 2 winners, but not the sole basis for selection. Test event participants will be responsible for arranging their own travel and accommodation, paid for using their Stage 1 prize award. Additional details regarding testing will be provided at the start of the prototyping accelerator.
For challenge entrants who plan to use artificial intelligence or machine learning in their solutions, representative data will be made available during Stage 1, and training data will be made available during Stage 2.
The Challenge is open to legal entities and individuals (non-felons) over the age of 18.
Please note solutions should meet the following requirements:
- Solutions cannot physically penetrate the parcel in any way
- Solutions cannot involve pretreating the parcels with powders, sprays, solutions or liquids
- Solutions must rely on information gleaned from the physical parcel, such as height, weight, appearance, handwriting, etc.; solutions may not rely on external data, such as information about the sender and recipient that cannot be discerned from the package itself, or information from government or private/commercial databases
- Solutions must be moderate in size, no greater than 180″ x 81″ x 78″
- Solutions must be able to process parcels up to 27″ x 17″ x 17″ in size
- Though not a requirement, solutions should ideally be able to process parcels up to 27″ x 21″ x 14″ in size
Solutions that do not meet these requirements may be considered ineligible for consideration.
To submit as a domestic entrant, entrants must either:
- Be a validly formed legal United States entity whose primary place of business is in the United States, OR
- Have a Team Lead who is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
To submit as an international entrant, entrants must either:
- Be a legal entity incorporated outside of the United States, and whose primary place of business is not in the United States, OR
- Have a Team Lead who is not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
Eligibility is subject to verification by the government before cash prizes are awarded. Entrants (residents or entities) who are designated by the United States Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control are not eligible to receive any cash prize in the Challenge.
An individual or entity that is determined to be on the GSA Excluded Parties List (www.sam.gov) is ineligible to receive a cash prize and will not be selected as a Challenge winner. To search the list, click here, then click on the icon in the lower right, labeled “Search Records” and follow the instructions on the search page.
Officers, directors, advisory board members, Luminary Lab employees and its contractors (with the express exception of Luminary Labs’ authorized solver community), support contractors of the federal government directly involved in the administering of this Challenge, and judges are ineligible to compete in this Challenge. Likewise, members of their immediate family (spouses, children, step-children, siblings, step-siblings, parents, step-parents), and persons living in the same household, whether or not related, are not eligible to participate in any portion of the Challenge. Note: The members of an individual’s household include any other person who shares the same residence as such individual for at least three months out of the year. In addition, foreign government entities are not eligible for entry.
The following are the eligibility requirements for individuals or entities to win a cash prize under this Challenge:
(1) Entrants to this Challenge shall have registered to participate in the Challenge under the rules promulgated by the government and Luminary Labs in accordance with the description provided on the Challenge website.
(2) Entrants to this Challenge shall have complied with all of the requirements on the official Challenge website.
(3) Individuals and entities, otherwise eligible to win a prize, may form and submit a team entry. Teams are strongly encouraged. Each team member must be clearly identified on the team’s submission form for the team to be eligible. Team winnings, as determined by the Challenge Sponsor, will be distributed to the designated Team Lead for further distribution to team members. In the event a dispute regarding the identity of the entrant who actually submitted the entry cannot be resolved to the government’s satisfaction, the affected entry will be deemed ineligible.
(4) Entrants to this Challenge agree to be bound by the rules of the Challenge, agree that the decision of the judges for this Challenge are final and binding, and acknowledge that their submission may be the subject of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and that they are responsible for identifying and marking all business confidential and proprietary information in their submission.
(5) Individuals and Individual Team Leads selected as cash prize recipients must submit all required taxpayer identification and bank account information required to complete an electronic payment of the cash prize. Failure to provide the government required documents for electronic payment within seven (7) days of notification by Luminary Labs will result in a disqualification of the winning entry.
(6) Submissions must include a brief (approximately 145-word) nonproprietary description of the proposed solution, as well as contact information, to be shared with other solvers for the purposes of teaming. See the submission form for more details.
(7) Entrants in this Challenge agree, as a condition for winning a cash prize, to complete and submit all required winner verification documents to Luminary Labs within three (3) days of notification. Failure to return all required verification documents by the date specified in the notification may be a basis for disqualification of the winning entry.
(8) Entries must agree and consent, as a condition for receiving a cash prize, to the use of their name, entity, city and state/province, likeness or image, comments, and a short synopsis of their winning solution as a part of the Department of Homeland Security’s promotion of this prize competition.
(9) Entrants must own or have access at their own expense to a computer, an internet connection, and any other electronic devices, documentation, software, or other items that entrants may deem necessary to create and enter a submission.
(10) U.S. government employees participating as individuals, or who submit applications on behalf of an otherwise eligible organization, will be responsible for ensuring that their participation in the Competition is permitted by the rules and regulations relevant to their position and that they have obtained any authorization that may be required by virtue of their government position. Failure to do so may result in the disqualification of them individually or of the entity which they represent or in which they are involved. Federal contractors are advised to consult with the appropriate authorities in their organization to avoid contractual conflicts.
(11) The following entrants (including any individuals participating as part of a team or entity) are not eligible to win a monetary prize regardless of whether they meet the criteria set forth above:
- Any federal entity or federal employee acting within the scope of his or her employment or otherwise prohibited by federal law (employees should consult their agency ethics officials). Note: federal ethical conduct rules may restrict or prohibit federal employees from engaging in certain outside activities; any federal employee not excluded under the prior paragraph seeking to participate in this Challenge outside the scope of employment should consult his/her agency’s ethics official prior to developing a submission;
- Any individual or entity that used government federal facilities or relied upon significant consultation with government federal employees to develop a submission, unless the facilities and employees were made available to all entrants in this Challenge on an equal basis; and any individual or entity that used federal funds to develop a submission, unless such use is consistent with the grant award, or other applicable federal funds awarding document. If a grantee using federal funds enters and wins this Challenge, the prize monies must be treated as program income for purposes of the original grant in accordance with applicable Office of Management and Budget Circulars. Federal contractors may not use federal funds from a contract to develop a submission for this Challenge.
(12) Per 15 U.S.C. 3719(h), an individual or entity shall not be deemed ineligible under these eligibility rules because the individual or entity used federal facilities or consulted with federal employees during a competition if the facilities and employees are made available to all individuals and entities participating in the Challenge on an equitable basis.
(13) Use of Marks: Except as expressly set forth in the Challenge Rules, Terms and Conditions, entrants shall not use the names, trademarks, service marks, logos, insignias, trade dress, or any other designation of source or origin subject to legal protection, copyrighted material or similar intellectual property (“Marks”) of the organizers or other Challenge partners, sponsors, or collaborators in any way without such party’s prior written permission in each instance, which such party may grant or withhold at its sole and absolute discretion.
(14) An individual or entity that is determined to be on the GSA Excluded Parties List (www.sam.gov) is ineligible to receive a cash prize and will not be selected as a Challenge winner. To search the list, click here, then click on the icon in the lower right, labeled “Search Records” and follow the instructions on the search page.
(15) All entry information submitted on the Challenge website and all materials, including any copy of the submission, becomes property of the government and will not be acknowledged or returned by Luminary Labs or the government. However, entrants retain ownership of their plans, including any software, research, or other intellectual property (IP) that they develop in connection therewith, subject to the license granted to the government to use submissions as set forth in the Intellectual Property of Submissions section below. Proof of submission is not considered proof of delivery to or receipt of such entry. Furthermore, the government and Luminary Labs shall have no liability for any submission that is lost, intercepted, or not received by the government and/or Luminary Labs. The government and Luminary Labs assume no liability or responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, theft, destruction, or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, submissions.
(16) Entrants are not required to obtain liability insurance or demonstrate financial responsibility in order to participate in the Challenge.
Entrants must comply with and abide by these Official Rules, Terms and Conditions and the decisions of the government which shall be final and binding in all respects.
Up to eight (8) finalists will be selected by the judges according to official Stage 1 selection criteria. Both international and domestic entrants are eligible, as defined in the Rules, Terms and Conditions. Each finalist is expected to be awarded an equal share of the $800,000 prize pool. As part of their acceptance of the cash prize, finalists must agree to participate in Stage 2. If any potential finalist is found to be ineligible, has not complied with the Official Rules, Terms and Conditions, or declines the cash prize for any reason prior to award, an alternate finalist may be selected.
During Stage 2, finalists from Stage 1 will compete for an additional $750,000 in cash prizes. The grand prize winner is expected to be awarded $500,000, and the runner-up winner is expected to be awarded $250,000.
Cash prizes awarded under Stages 1 and 2 will be paid to the Team Lead directly by Luminary Labs through electronic funds transfer. Cash prize winner(s) will be responsible for any applicable local, state, and federal taxes and reporting that may be required under applicable tax laws.
If the government determines that the entire project has been successfully completed, there continues to be a need, and there is available funding; You and DHS or any DHS component, or USPIS, may attempt to negotiate one or more new agreements for the following purposes as authorized by law:
- Follow-On prototype R&D contract, Cooperative Research and Development Agreement, or Other Transactions Agreement as authorized by law and applicable DHS or DHS component policy.
- Follow-On agreement for limited use of one or more completed prototypes in the DHS environment for test purposes for a minimum of up to one year; as authorized by applicable law and DHS or DHS component policy.
- Follow-On production purchase agreement in accordance with FAR Part 6.302-1, FAR 6.204, or as otherwise authorized by applicable law and DHS or DHS component policy.
- Follow-On agreement with USPIS under applicable USPS authorities as determined by USPIS
The judges will use the Stage 1 selection criteria to select up to eight (8) cash prize winners from the pool of eligible entries in Stage 1, which will be submitted to the government for final approval.
When evaluating Stage 1 entries, judges will assign each submission one to five points in each of the criteria outlined on the Selection Criteria page and below. Submissions will receive a total of up to 30 points from each judge.
Accuracy. The degree to which the solution would be able to detect, recognize, or indicate the presence of opioids in a parcel consistently and with a high degree of confidence. This includes the degree to which the solution addresses and minimizes both false positives and false negatives.
Speed. The potential for the solution to rapidly inspect parcels, considered in terms of potential inspections per unit of time.
Feasibility. The extent to which the proposed solution uses technically sound methods backed by credible supporting evidence and can be developed into a testable prototype within a four-month period.
Usability. The ease with which operators could learn, use and maintain the solution.
Flexibility. The extent to which the solution could adapt to a changing threat, including shifts in trafficker behavior, changes to opioid chemical composition patterns and detection of other threats such as new drugs or explosives.
Team. The extent to which the entrant or entrant team demonstrates the strong experience, commitment, and ability needed to develop the solution from plan to testable prototype within the time and resource constraints of the Challenge.
The selection criteria are to be applied in the sole discretion of the government and the individual judges, and are subject to modification by the government. By participating in the Challenge, each entrant acknowledges and agrees that such evaluations may differ from person to person and agrees to be bound by and not challenge the final decisions of the government. The judging scores will not be posted. Feedback will not be provided to entrants that are not selected as Stage 1 finalists or Stage 2 winners.
To enter the Challenge, entrants must complete all required fields of the Challenge submission form on the Challenge website before the close of open submissions on April 24, 2019. Each entrant must complete all of the required fields in the Challenge submission form in accordance with these Official Rules, Terms and Conditions.
All entrants are required to provide consent to these Official Rules, Terms and Conditions upon submitting an entry. Submissions must be received during the open submissions period of the Challenge to be eligible. Open submissions officially begin on February 27, 2019 after publication of the Challenge.gov post announcing the Challenge. Open submissions will last from Challenge launch through the close of open submissions, currently scheduled for 4:59 PM EST on April 24, 2019. Luminary Labs is the official timekeeper for the Challenge. Once submitted, a submission may not be altered during open submissions. The government and Luminary Labs reserve the right to disqualify any submission that the government or Luminary Labs deem inappropriate.
Proof of submission is not considered proof of delivery to or receipt of such entry. Furthermore, the government and Luminary Labs shall have no liability for any submission that is lost, intercepted, or not received by the government, and/or Luminary Labs. The government and Luminary Labs assume no liability or responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, theft, destruction, or unauthorized access to, or alteration of submissions.
Open submissions close at 4:59 PM EST on April 24, 2019. Entrants should submit at least one hour before the deadline to ensure the completed submission is received. Entrants who submit an application after the deadline date because of a technical problem with the Challenge website system must immediately contact firstname.lastname@example.org, and provide an explanation of the technical problem experienced on the Challenge website system. The government and Luminary Labs will accept your application if the government and Luminary Labs can confirm that a technical problem occurred with the Challenge website system and that the technical problem affected your ability to submit an application by April 24, 2019. The government and/or Luminary Labs will contact you when a determination is made on whether the application will be accepted.
Note: These extensions apply only to the unavailability of, or technical problems with, the Challenge website system. The government will not grant an entrant an extension if the entrant failed to submit an application in the system by the application deadline date and time, or if the technical problem experienced is unrelated to the Challenge website system.
Individuals with disabilities who need an accommodation or auxiliary aid in connection with the application process should contact: DHS InnoPrize, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate, Washington, DC 20528, or by email: email@example.com. Entrants who use a TDD or a TTY may call the FRS, toll free, at 1-800-877-8339. If the government provides an accommodation or auxiliary aid to an individual with a disability in connection with the entry submission process, the entry remains subject to all other requirements and limitations in this notice.
By participating in the Challenge, each entrant represents, warrants, and covenants as follows:
- The entrants are the sole authors, creators, and owners of the submission;
- The entrant’s submission:
- Is not the subject of any actual or threatened litigation claim
- Does not, and will not, violate or infringe upon the intellectual property rights, privacy rights, publicity rights, or other legal rights of any third party
- Does not, and will not, contain any harmful computer code (sometimes referred to as “malware,” “viruses,” or “worms”)
- The submission and entrant’s use of the submission does not, and will not, violate any applicable laws or regulations of the United States.
If the submission includes the work of any third party (such as third-party content or open source code), the entrant must be able to provide, upon the request of the government and/or Luminary Labs, documentation of all appropriate licenses and releases for such third-party works. If the entrant cannot provide documentation of all required licenses and releases, the government reserves the right to disqualify the applicable submission, or direct the entrant to secure the licenses and releases for the government’s benefit within three (3) days of notification of the missing documentation and allow the applicable submission to remain in the Challenge. In addition, the government reserves all rights to pursue an entrant for claims based on damages incurred by the entrant’s failure to obtain such licenses and releases.
Entrants will indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the government and Luminary Labs from and against all third-party claims, actions, or proceedings of any kind and from any and all damages, liabilities, costs, and expenses relating to, or arising from, the entrant’s submission or any breach or alleged breach of any of the representations, warranties, and covenants of the entrant hereunder.
The government and Luminary Labs reserve the right to disqualify any submission that the government and/or Luminary Labs in their discretion, deem to violate these Official Rules, Terms and Conditions.
Export Control Notification
All participants are responsible for ensuring compliance with all export control laws and regulations that may be applicable to the export of and foreign access to their proposed technologies. Participants should consult with the Department of State with any questions regarding the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR) (22 CRF Parts 120-130) and/or the Department of Commerce regarding the Export Administration Regulations (15 CRF Parts 730-774). If you are participating in this prize competition, in the absence of available license exemptions/exceptions, you are responsible for:
- Obtaining any appropriate licenses or other approvals, if required, for exports of (including deemed exports) hardware, technical data, and software, or for the provision of technical assistance.
- Obtaining export licenses, if required, before utilizing foreign persons in the participation of the prize competition, including but not limited to instances where the work is to be performed on- site at any Government installation (whether in or outside the United States), where the foreign person will have access to export-controlled technologies, including technical data or software.
- All regulatory record keeping requirements associated with the use of licenses and license
Each entrant retains title to, and full ownership of, its submission. The entrant expressly reserves all intellectual property rights not expressly granted under this agreement. By participating in the Challenge, each entrant hereby irrevocably grants a license to the government and Luminary Labs to store, access and modify submissions in perpetuity that may be reproduced or distributed in the future. Please refer to the Intellectual Property of Submissions section below for further information regarding rights to submissions.
By participating in the Challenge, each entrant hereby irrevocably grants to the government and Luminary Labs the right to use such entrant’s name, likeness, image, and biographical information in any and all media for advertising and promotional purposes relating to the Challenge, and otherwise, as stated above in the Submission License section.
The government reserves the right in their discretion to disqualify any entrant who is found to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Challenge, the Challenge website, or other Challenge-related websites; to be acting in violation of these Official Rules, Terms and Conditions; or to be acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with the intent to disrupt or undermine the legitimate operation of the Challenge; or to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other person; and the government reserves the right to seek damages and other remedies from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law.
The Challenge website may contain links to third-party websites that are not owned or controlled by the government or Luminary Labs. The government and Luminary Labs do not endorse or assume any responsibility for any such third-party sites. If you access a third-party website from the Challenge website, you do so at your own risk and expressly relieve the government and/or Luminary Labs from any and all liability arising from use of any third-party website content.
Attempts to notify Stage 1 finalists and Stage 2 winner(s) will be made using the email address associated with the Team Lead’s Luminary LightboxTM account. The government and Luminary Labs are not responsible for email or other communication problems of any kind. If, despite reasonable efforts, a potential Stage 1 finalist or Stage 2 winner does not respond within three (3) days of the first notification attempt regarding selection as a Stage 1 finalist or Stage 2 winner (or a shorter time as exigencies may require), or if the notification is returned as undeliverable to such entrant, that entrant may forfeit the entrant’s Stage 1 finalist or Stage 2 winner status and any associated prizes, and an alternate Stage 1 finalist or Stage 2 winner may be selected. If any potential finalist or winner is found to be ineligible, has not complied with these Official Rules, Terms and Conditions, or declines the applicable prize for any reason prior to award, such potential finalists or winners will be disqualified, and alternate finalists or winners may be selected.
A Challenge participant retains ownership of intellectual property submitted under this prize competition. The Government, including its partners and/or entities working in its behalf, reserves the right to enter into good faith negotiations for license rights associated with prize competition submissions to pursue operationalization of innovative approaches, using appropriate federal authorities as may be required, at any time during or after the competition. Please refer to the Submission License section above for further information regarding rights to submissions.
The government reserves the right to modify any dates or deadlines set forth in these Official Rules, Terms and Conditions or otherwise governing the Challenge.
The government reserves the right to suspend, postpone, cease, terminate or otherwise modify this Challenge, or any entrant’s participation in the Challenge, at any time at the government’s discretion.
By participating in the Challenge, each entrant hereby agrees that: The government and Luminary Labs shall not be responsible or liable for any losses, damages, or injuries of any kind (including death) resulting from participation in the Challenge or any Challenge-related activity, or from an entrant’s acceptance, receipt, possession, use, or misuse of any cash prize. The entrant will indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the government and Luminary Labs from and against all third-party claims, actions, or proceedings of any kind and from any and all damages, liabilities, costs, and expenses relating to, or arising from, the entrant’s participation in the Challenge. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the government and Luminary Labs are not responsible for incomplete, illegible, misdirected, misprinted, late, lost, postage-due, damaged, or stolen entries or prize notifications; or for lost, interrupted, inaccessible, or unavailable networks, servers, satellites, Internet Service Providers, websites, or other connections; or for miscommunications, failed, jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected computer, telephone, cable transmissions or other communications; or for any technical malfunctions, failures, difficulties, or other errors of any kind or nature; or for the incorrect or inaccurate capture of information, or the failure to capture any information. These Official Rules, Terms and Conditions cannot be modified except by the government in their absolute discretion. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules, Terms and Conditions shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these Official Rules, Terms and Conditions shall otherwise remain in effect and shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein.
The failure of the government to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Official Rules, Terms and Conditions shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.
All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these Official Rules, Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with U.S. Federal law as applied in the federal courts of the District of Columbia if a complaint is filed by any party against the government, and the laws of the State of New York as applied in the New York state courts in New York City if a complaint is filed by any party against Luminary Labs.
Please review the Luminary Lightbox Terms of Service for additional rules that apply to your participation in the Challenge and more generally your use of the Challenge Website. Such Terms of Service are incorporated by reference into these Official Rules, Terms and Conditions. If there is a conflict between the Terms of Service and these Official Rules, Terms and Conditions, the latter terms shall control with respect to this Challenge only.
Participation in the Challenge constitutes the entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules, Terms and Conditions. By entering, an entrant agrees that all decisions related to the Challenge that are made pursuant to these Official Rules, Terms and Conditions are final and binding, and that all such decisions are at the sole discretion of the government and/or Luminary Labs.
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