Soda Bottle Identification Challenge

Soda Bottle Identification Challenge
Soda Bottle Identification Challenge 2018-07-13T05:24:54+00:00

Soda Bottle Identification Challenge

The objective of this challenge is to identify which soda bottle is present in the image. We provide you a pre-labeled dataset that you will use to build and train a deep learning AI model. We will measure accuracy of your model on a private set of samples when you submit your model for evaluation.

In order to participate in this competition you will either need to download Deep Learning Studio software from on your machine or you will have to use cloud version by signing up at


Today soda bottle companies send a person to stores to find out if they need to restock some soda bottles that have run out on weekly basis. There are 100s of thousands of these coolers at different stores all across the world. This takes large amount of human labor in travel and counting bottles. Soda companies also miss sales if these coolers ran out of a soda bottle in middle of week. To solve this problem with a camera and software, AI is needed to identify bottles in an image of cooler. This is essentially image classification task. Bottles will not always be facing forward and sometimes lighting may not be ideal.

In this challenge, you will have to build a deep learning model using Deep Learning Studio that can learn to correctly classify an image of a soda bottle. A pre labeled dataset of images is provided to train your neural network. You can download dataset for this challenge from dataset tab.

We will evaluate your deep learning model based on how well it performs on our private set of validation images. Score of works like below:

Score = (Number of Bottles Correctly Identified by Your Model on Private Validation Set) / (Total Number of Bottles in Private Validation Set)

Submission Guidelines

You must download the trained model in ZIP format and submit it on submission form on submission tab. Please check below screenshot to see how to download trained model from Deep Learning Studio.

First Rank Prize: $1000

Second Rank Prize: $500

Third Rank Prize: $250

Rank 4 to 18 Prize (15x): $50

Challenge Start Date: June 19, 2018

Submission Start Date: June 29, 2018

Final Submission Date: July 10th, 2018

Winners Announcement: July 12th, 2018

Deep Cognition internally created this dataset by purchasing soda bottle from the market and manually labelling them for this competition.

The competition is over and we are not accepting any more submission.


One account per participant
You cannot sign up to DeepCognition from multiple accounts and therefore you cannot submit from multiple accounts.

No sharing of code with other users ( or teams)
Privately sharing code or data outside of teams or other users is not permitted. It’s okay to share code if made available to all participants on the forums.

Team Limits
Does not Apply. The competition is for Individual participants only

Submission Limits
You may submit a maximum of 5 entries per day.

You have to select 1 final submissions for judging.

Competition Timeline
Start Date: June 19, 2018

Submission Open: June 29, 2018

Submission Deadline: July 10, 2018

Winner Announcement Date: July 12, 2018

COMPETITION NAME (the ‘Competition’): Soda Bottle Identification Challenge



PRIZES: $ 2,500

First Prize: $ 1,000

Second Prize: $ 500

Third Prize: $ 250

Fourth Prize x15: $ 50

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