The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is looking for innovative ways to determine recording locations of audio and video data.

NGA’s Soundscapes Competition will award cash prizes for up to eight competitors – including a $27,000 top prize, and $5,000 each for the top two academic entries.

“A sound digital enterprise is a part of maintaining our ability to deliver world-class geospatial intelligence and adds to our ability to provide accurate [geospatial intelligence] to the nation and world through humanitarian aid and in support of national security,” said Michelle Brennan, NGA Research Image & Video Pod Lead, in a press release.

NGA said winners of the prizes would be decided based on “innovative methods of identifying, analyzing, and modeling sound and acoustic scene indicators to uniquely classify audio recordings as originating in one of eight cities.”

The competition, which launched Oct. 20, will run for five weeks and end Nov. 27. Participants will need to include the following in their responses:

  • A white paper that describe their technical approach;
  • The city which the video from each test file originated from; and
  • Confidence level generated for each file by their methodology for each of the eight cities.
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Jordan Smith is a MeriTalk Senior Technology Reporter covering the intersection of government and technology.