Big data technologies

Improve the performance of software for the forecasting of geospatio-temporal data

The objective of this Horizon Prize is to improve the performance of software for the forecasting of geospatio-temporal data (collections of time-stamped records that are linked to a geospatial location). The principal task will be forecasting electricity grid traffic. The prize will reward a solution that further improves these forecasting systems in terms of scalability, accuracy, speed and use of computational resources.

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Why this Prize?

Many domains of societal or industrial significance, from epidemiology, to climate change, to transportation to energy production and transmission benefit from our ability to examine historical records and predict how the system under study will evolve.

In all these cases, it is not sufficient for predictions be accurate: they also need to be delivered fast enough for corrective action to be applied on the system observed.

This inducement prize also complements the activities of the Big Data Value Public Private Partnership (PPP) which aims to develop Europe's data driven economy and the prospects offered by Big Data technologies.


The solution selected will demonstrate the ability to analyse extremely large scale collections of structured or multimedia geospatial temporal data in a way that is sensitive to the trade-off between the consumption of computational resources and the practical value of the predictions obtained.

This will not only result in the more efficient management of those domains in which spatio-temporal predictions are already used, but also in the applications of such predictive methods where today they are not, due to current limitations of speed, scalability, accuracy and resource efficiency.

The analytics tasks and computational environment of the challenge have been developed in the framework of SEE.4C-688356 Horizon 2020 Coordination and Support Action.


Registration and trialling: individuals and organisations wishing to participate in the contest are required to register first. The registration period closed on 31 January 2018. After the closure of registrations, participants will be able to download a starting kit allowing them to try out their working software in a small-scale system (running at the participant's own IT equipment) simulating the real contest system and allowing participants to get familiar with the requirements and scoring principles.

Testing of the software on the contest platform: from 26 February 2018 until 24 April 2018 the registered participants will have the possibility to upload their working software to the contest (cloud) platform and run it against the test data. Each participant has up to three attempts to run their working software on the contest platform and to ensure it will conform to the requirements.

Submission: registered participants have to submit the working software and its description using the participant portal. The submission period ended on 24 April 2018.

Rules & Guidance

Who can join the contest?

The contest will be open to any legal entities (including single persons) or groups of legal entities from Member States and countries associated to Horizon 2020.

How will your application be evaluated?

Once the contest is closed, each working software submitted to the participant portal is run on the contest platform and separately pre-ranked according to accuracy and speed.

A pre-selection panel will run each submitted working software once on the contest platform, rank the applications applying the ranking criteria and thresholds specified in the rules of contest and pre-select ten highest-ranking applications.

A jury will establish the final ranking of pre-selected applications by running each working software on the contest platform using a different data set.

Read the detailed rules of the contest


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