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International student hackathon
by National University of Science and Technology MISIS
11 — 13 Sep 2017
Moscow, Russia
Vision Hack. How it was
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What is VisionHack?
The VisionHack artificial intelligence and computer vision international student hackathon will be held at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST MISIS) in Moscow, Russia on 11−13 September 2017. The VisionHack is a full-fledged hackathon that will last three full days. The agenda also includes a "zero" day for meeting fellow participants and networking (10 September) and an off day to get some rest and to become acquainted with the NUST MISiS.

In order to participate, you should be a student or post-graduate student that was still studying in a university in June 2017
Frequently asked questions
Who can attend?
Any undergraduate or graduate student from any university in the world!
How does registration work?
After registration you will have to solve the test task. It will be published from July 7 to August 24. The final list of participants will be available after August 30.
Does this cost money?
Nope! Admission is free and includes meals, snacks, drinks, overnight hosting, workshops, fun, amazing Moscow and experience!
How do teams work?
Teams are 3−5 people. You can select teammates when you register, or you can register individually without specified teammates.
What will I eat?
We'll provide food for all meals and an abundance of snacks throughout the hacking period.
Where will I sleep?
Hacking all night is fun, but you can also get some rest when you need it! We will provide accommodation in the unique Commune House.
What if I don't have a team?
If you don't have a team now, that's okay! We'll have team formation and ideation events geared towards helping you find people to work with.
Where's the schedule?
We'll release a more detailed schedule after July. For now, know that we're planning for check-in to start Monday at 10 am and for closing ceremony to end Wednesday at 6 pm.
Who organizes transportation to Moscow?
Transportation to Moscow is organized and covered by the participant's/participants' side. In Moscow, accommodation, food and other local processes are organized and covered by the host party.
What if this FAQ didn't answer my questions?
Please email us at if you're in any way confused or concerned!
Day 1
September 10
Day 2
September 11
Task announcement. Code hard (part 1)
Day 3
September 12
Code hard (part 2)
Day 4
September 13
The last straw
Day 5
September 14
Relax and have fun
Our format
General Provisions
The participants are challenged to solve a complex problem connected to computer vision. For an indication of the type of problem to be solved during the final round of the competition, please review the example below. To solve the problem, it is necessary to write a program. The program's operational results in the form of a pre-test will be verified electronically. The participants are to use only their own computers during the course of the competition and may apply any software of their choice. The organizers do not provide computers for solving problems. At the jury's request the participants must be ready to demonstrate the program's operation using one or several test video files.
List of Recommended Programs and Libraries
OpenCV, FFMpeg, or other resource for video files and frames.
Eigen, SciPy, and other resources to simplify and accelerate calculations.
Round General Description
Participants receive the task specification in the natural language.
The Training Set, the Validation Set and model output text file are available for this task. During the competition participants have to develop a program capable of solving the task and providing results in the specified format.
1 or 2 hours before the round ends, the Final Test Set will be presented. Before the round ends participants have to deliver the output of their program for the Final Test Set in the specified format. Upon the round completion only the last valid submission will be considered.
What about prizes?
$36 000
Our partners have prepared delicious prizes
1st place
$ 12 000
2nd place
$ 6000
3nd place
$ 3000
Special Prizes ($15 000)
$ 1000 - 2000
Test task problem description
English language
Russian language
Team registration
Registration for teams from 3 to 5 people
Team name
Contact phone
Team leader
Team member #2
Team member #3
Team member #4
Team member #5
Become a participant of VisionHack
Register a single participant
Your name
Contact phone
Become a participant of VisionHack
Experts and Jury
T. Paltashev
Senior Manager in CTO Office, Radeon Technology Group, AMD (USA)
K. Sinyushin
CEO The Untitled Venture Company
V. Postnikov
Senior Construction Engineer, Cognitive Technologies
B. Kazankin
Managing partner of AdVEx
F. Kirdyashov
Deputy head of Department NUST MISIS
D. Semyannikov
CEO Multimedia Systems
D. Krokhina
Specialist on educational and methodological work, couch of NUST MISIS team on Competitive Programming
I. Mamai
PhD in Mathematics, Specialist on educational and methodological work, couch of NUST MISIS team on Competitive Programming
S. Savinov
Specialist on educational and methodological work, couch of NUST MISIS team on Competitive Programming
P. Kulagin
Cognitive Technologies Developer, member of NUST MISIS team in Competitive Programming
N. Kodosov
Laboratorian at the Department of Engineering Cybernetics, NUST MISIS
R. Kuzminov
Cyber Russia
Producer, specialization on artificial intelligence, machine learning, machine vision
Supervisory board
A.A. Chernikova
Rector of NUST MISIS
O.A. Uskova
President of Cognitive Technologies
A.A. Emelyanov
CEO Roseltorg
A.R. Efimov
Head of the Department for Development and Promotion of Technological Contests and Initiatives, Skolkovo Foundation
S.N. Gorkov
Chairman of the state-owned Vnesheconombank (VEB)

The VisionHack will take place at the NUST MISIS historic Сommune House, which is a well-known example of constructivist architecture from the Soviet 1930s, where the participants will both stay and program.
English language
Russian language
General partners
We design and integrate technology that powers millions of intelligent devices, including personal computers, game consoles and cloud servers that define the new era of surround computing
State Corporation "Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs (Vnesheconombank)" operates to enhance competitiveness of the Russian economy, diversify it and stimulate investment activity.
If you are interested in sponsoring VisionHack, email us at for more details!

National University of Science and Technology MISiS

4 Leninsky pr.,
Moscow, Russia