The Distill Prize for Clarity in Machine Learning

Recognizing outstanding work communicating and refining ideas in Machine Learning and adjacent topics.

How much is the Distill Prize?

Distill prizes are expected to be $10,000 USD.

The Distill Prize has a $125,000 USD initial endowment, funded by Chris Olah, Greg Brockman, Jeff Dean, DeepMind, and the Open Philanthropy Project. Logistics for the prize are handled by the Open Philanthropy Project.

When are prizes given?

Beginning in 2018, Distill prizes will be given annually for work done before January 1 of that year. The number given each year depends on the amount of outstanding work done. We aim to come to decisions by the end of February.

What sort of work is eligible for the prize?

Can I nominate someone?

If you’d like to make sure the prize committee is aware of someone’s work, you can explicitly nominate them for the Distill Prize. To do this, send an email to Nominations should be sent prior to Jan 1 to be considered for that year. Please include links to relevant work. People cannot nominate themselves.

How does this relate to the Distill research journal?

Being awarded a Distill Prize and being published in the Distill Journal are completely independent. The Distill Prize has no intrinsic preference for work published in its cousin journal.

The Distill Prize is legally separate from the Distill Journal, and is not funded or awarded by the Distill Journal.

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