How will the prize money be awarded?
The prize package for the MITRE IoT Challenge is $50,000. The scoring rubric will be released after participants complete registration and are officially accepted into the Challenge.
Where does the prize money come from?
The MITRE Corporation is funding the Challenge prize from non-governmental funds received through technology transfer activities.
Who should participate?
MITRE has designed the IoT Challenge to attract a broad range of participants. We hope to draw ideas and solutions from industry, academia, individual developers, and anyone interested in solving this critical problem. The goal is to foster creativity from many perspectives.
What rights will I retain to my work?
All intellectual property rights remain with participants. Participants are required to sign a Participation Agreement as part of their application, which further discusses this topic.
Can MITRE alter my work without permission?
Will I be compensated for my research investment even if I don’t win?
No, only the winner of the Challenge will receive any money as a result of participation.
Will the participants know where they stack among the other challengers?
Yes, we will show the top 10 scores—and the teams’ names—on the MITRE Challenge website.
Will I be restricted from publicizing my participation in the MITRE Challenge?
Not at all. MITRE encourages publicizing your participation as it helps raise awareness of this important national problem.
Will MITRE publicize my performance in the Challenge?
MITRE will only publicly announce the competition winner(s).
Will I have to share credit with MITRE if my idea wins?
MITRE is only hosting the challenge. Credit for successfully solving the challenge is completely held by the winning participants!
Can government employees, representing themselves and not their employing agency, participate in the challenge?
This is dependent on the policies, practices, and guidance provided by their government employer. Government employee (whether foreign or domestic) eligibility will be decided upon a case-by-case basis and is further subject to their organization's rules with respect to such prize winnings.
Are MITRE employees or their contractors eligible to compete?
What is the format of the radio frequency (RF) capture data recording?
The RF data for the challenge scenarios were captured with an acquisition type of IQ using a sample rate of 16000000.
Is the home IoT network in the challenge based on a wired or wireless architecture?
The challenge network is based on a wireless architecture.
Can new team members be added after registration is complete?
Yes, you can upload a new Participants Agreement and you will receive a quick approval.
What is the proper format for device ID's on the submission form?
List device IDs as four-digit hex values padded with zeros. For example, 1A hex must be submitted as 001A. If a protocol by convention typically represents device ID by decimal or binary, convert the value to hex when completing the submission form. The sample answer on the form was not intended to represent a protocol-compliant device ID but is simply an example of what the formatting must look like.
What if an IoT protocol does not provide a unique ID?
The purpose of the Challenge is to use innovative ways to overcome this limitation.
What information is required to unpack the datasets?
The recording files are binary files containing signed 16-bit integers (two's complement). These signed 16-bit integers represent pairs of unscaled inphase (I) and quadrature (Q) values of the complex baseband waveform. The complex waveform is represented by a series of these I/Q pairs.
The binary file is arranged as follows. Again, all values are signed 16-bit integers.
Sample 1 (I)
Sample 1 (Q)
Sample 2 (I)
Sample 2 (Q)
Sample 3 (I)
Sample 3 (Q)
The signed 16-bit integers are little-endian. The sample files are continuous with no breaks or alignment checks.
What equipment was used to record the datasets?
All of the datasets were recorded using the same National Instruments NI PXIe-5663 revision G test equipment.