Deadline: 2019-03-28 Award: $25,000 Open to: 18+ (some restrictions)*
Millions of stray animals suffer on the streets or are euthanized in shelters every day around the world. If homes can be found for them, many precious lives can be saved — and more happy families created.
Animal adoption rates are strongly correlated to the metadata associated with their online profiles, such as descriptive text and photo characteristics. As one example, PetFinder is currently experimenting with a simple AI tool called the Cuteness Meter, which ranks how cute a pet is based on qualities present in their photos.
Top participants may be invited to collaborate on implementing their solutions into AI tools for assessing and improving pet adoption performance, which will benefit global animal welfare.
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