Genetic Engineering Attribution Challenge

We’re soliciting improved and inventive solutions to a crucial problem in genetic engineering: where was this engineered?
Visit the DrivenData competition page


At altLabs, we’re developing tools to identify the original source of engineered DNA. By mapping engineered systems back to their designers, we can promote responsibility and accountability without stifling innovation. In this competition, we challenge you to join us in advancing the state of the art.


Hosted by DrivenData Inc., our data science competition consists of two exciting tracks.

In the Prediction Track, participants will compete to predict the lab-of-origin of engineered DNA sequences: prizes will go to the teams whose algorithms can achieve the highest accuracy score.

In the Innovation Track, teams will compete to convince a panel of expert judges that their models excel in domains beyond raw accuracy, in ways that move us closer to real-world applications of attribution technology.

To find out more about both tracks and enter the competition, visit our DrivenData Competition Page.


Both the Prediction Track and the Innovation Track will award $30,000 in prizes, for a total prize pool of $60,000. Prizes are awarded as follows:

First Place: $15,000
Second Place: $7,500
Third Place: $5,000
Fourth Place: $2,500

Visit our DrivenData Competition Page for detailed prize pool information.


August 18, 2020 @ 8:00 UT
Prediction Track Opens for Submissions

Participants accept Terms & Conditions and download prediction track data.
Participants submit solutions – multiple submissions accepted. Live leaderboard shows place.

October 19, 2020 @ 23:59 UT
Prediction Track Closes

No new submissions to Prediction Track.
Top submissions invited to submit code for review.
High-scoring teams invited to submit reports to Innovation Track.

November 01, 2020 @ 23:59 UT
Innovation Track Submissions Due

No new submissions.
Innovation Track reports reviewed by panel of expert judges.

December 2020 – January 2021
Winners Announced!

Prizes announced and winners notified.
DrivenData disburses prizes to winning teams (within 3 days of announcement).



Frequently Asked Questions

Final results for the Genetic Engineering Attribution Challenge are currently being evaluated. Stay tuned for an announcement on our winning submissions, coming Dec-Jan.