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Big Data Challenge - Conceptualization - Idea Generation

  • 1st Place $750
  • 2nd Place $375
  • Reliability Bonus N/A

Challenge Overview

Detailed Requirements

The Big Data Challenge is an effort by the U.S. government to find new and inventive ways to use the huge and diverse sets of data maintained by numerous government agencies. There is a lot of data out there, collected for many different purposes and in many different formats that make interoperation very challenging. How can we make heterogeneous (dissimilar and incompatible) data sets homogeneous (uniformly accessible, compatible, able to be grouped and/or matched) so usable information can be extracted?  How can information then be converted into real knowledge that can inform critical decisions and solve societal challenges? Those are the questions we'd like you to help us answer. We're looking for your ideas about how to coordinate data sets drawn from multiple domains, and about what end uses we should be working toward.

Please note that regardless of what is displayed elsewhere on this page, we will be paying out $750 for each of the top three ideas.

1st place: $750
2nd place: $750
3rd place: $750

We will also pay a 30% bonus to prize-winning ideas that make use of streaming data, as noted on the contest wiki page.





Final Submission Guidelines

Please see the contest wiki page for complete details.


TopCoder will compensate members with first and second place submissions. Initial payment for the winning member will be distributed in two installments. The first payment will be made at the closure of the approval phase. The second payment will be made at the completion of the support period.


Standard 30 days support.


You must be a TopCoder member, at least 18 years of age, meeting all of the membership requirements. In addition, you must fit into one of the following categories.

If you reside in the United States, you must be either:
  • A US Citizen
  • A Lawful Permanent Resident of the US
  • A temporary resident, asylee, refugee of the U.S., or have a lawfully issued work authorization card permitting unrestricted employment in the U.S.
If you do not reside in the United States:
  • You must be authorized to perform services as an independent contractor.
    (Note: In most cases you will not need to do anything to become authorized)
  • Registrants:56
  • Submissions:5
  • Submission %:8.93%
  • Passed Screening:5
  • Passed %:100.00%
  • Average Initial Score:28.00
  • Average Final Score:28.00
Handle Date

d_jash 10.05.2012 10.15.2012 100.00 100.00 / 100.00 N/A
manish_mca7 10.13.2012 10.14.2012 100.00 10.00 / 10.00 N/A
mostafaizz 10.06.2012 10.14.2012 100.00 10.00 / 10.00 N/A
milton93 10.08.2012 10.15.2012 100.00 10.00 / 10.00 N/A
poundinc_tc 10.05.2012 10.15.2012 100.00 10.00 / 10.00 N/A

Challenge Timelines

  • Posted On: 10/03/2012 12:41 PM EDT
  • Register By: 10/15/2012 12:41 PM EDT
  • Submit By: 10/15/2012 12:47 PM EDT
  • Final Submission: 11/09/2012 07:05 PM EST

Review Style

  • Final Review: Community Review Board     
  • Approval: User Sign-Off     

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Final Review

Community Review Board performs a thorough review based on scorecards.


Customer has final opportunity to sign-off on the delivered assets.


  • In order to register for this competition, please complete your profile at and check "I want to Compete on TopCoder" option.