Announcing prize and submission details for the Multimedia Grand Challenge

The ACM Multimedia 2009 conference takes place October 19-24, 2009, in Beijing, China. The Multimedia Grand Challenge has now been announced; submission details and prizes for the competition are available. If you, your company, or research organization works at the cutting edge of multimedia development, this is the challenge for you.

What is MMGC?
[excerpt from MMGC announcement email]
What problems do Google, Yahoo, HP, Radvision, CeWe, Nokia and other companies see in the future of multimedia? The Multimedia Grand Challenge is a set of problems and issues from these (and other) industry leaders, geared to engage the Multimedia research community in solving relevant, interesting and challenging questions about the industry's 2-5 year horizon for multimedia. The Grand Challenge is initially presented as part of ACM Multimedia 2009. Researchers will be encouraged to submit working systems in response to the challenge, for the chance to win the Grand Challenge competition!

Key Dates
Submissions are now open for MMGC. The most important date to note here is that submissions are due on July 15th. Here are the key dates to keep in mind:

? June 15th, 2009 - Submission deadline
? July 2nd, 2009 - Notification of acceptance
? July 24th, 2009 - Final camera-ready version
? Oct 19-24th 2009 (exact date TBD) - Conference Presentation

Prizes for MMGC have already been announced. Yahoo!, HP Labs, Nokia, and Google have sponsored a total of $3000 in prizes. This includes a $1500 first prize. For full prize details see

The Challenges
MMGC has announced 10 challenges from 8 industry leaders. Full details can be found on the MMGC site, but the titles and direct links for these challenges are below:

? Yahoo! Challenge: Robust Clustering Guided by User Intent in Image Search
? Yahoo! Challenge: Robust Automatic Segmentation of Video According to Narrative Themes
? Radvision Challenge: Real-time Data Collaboration Adaptation for Multi-Device Video Conferencing
? CeWe Challenge: The Next Generation of Tangible Multimedia Products
? Google Challenge: Robust, As-Accurate-As-Human Genre Classification for Video
? HP Challenge: Robust Identification of Informative Multimedia Content in Web Pages
? Nokia Challenge: Where was this Photo Taken, and How?
? Current TV Challenge: Media Production in the Age of Community
? Accenture Challenge: Analysis of Video Footage Captured in Uncontrolled Environments
? Radvision Challenge: Video Conferencing To Surpass ?In-Person? Meeting Experience

Links of Interest
Here are the main links to all of the documentation you will need to get started:

? MMGC site -
? Submission link -
? ACM Multimedia site -

Jonathan LeBlanc
Technology Evangelist
Yahoo! Developer Network
Twitter: @jcleblanc