The BioMassters

Help conservationists make use of satellite imagery to estimate the aboveground biomass of Finnish forests. #climate

$10,000 in prizes
jan 2023
976 joined


MathWorks, makers of MATLAB and Simulink software, is sponsoring this challenge and the bonus award for Top MATLAB user. They're also supporting participants by providing complimentary software licenses and learning resources.

To request your complimentary license, go to the MathWorks site, click the “Request Software” button, and fill out the software request form.

MATLAB code to help you get started with the competition dataset is available on GitHub along with a walkthrough blog post.

During the course of the competition, the MathWorks Student Programs team is also available to support participants. The MathWorks Student Programs team supports competitions from all over the world in the areas such as aerospace, automotive, AI & robotics, among others. Grace Woolson will be your point of contact.

If you have questions, email MathWorks at or post on the DrivenData community forum. If you have a specific question about MATLAB or how to obtain your license, check out the MathWorks Resources thread on the forum.

Additional resources

Below are some links to learn about MATLAB, Deep Learning Toolbox, and other useful resources for this competition.


  1. MATLAB Onramp
  2. Deep Learning Onramp
  3. Computer Vision Video Tutorials

General Resources

  1. Deep Network Designer App
  2. 8 MATLAB Cheat Sheets for Data Science
  3. Getting Started with Datastore
  4. Define Custom Deep Learning Layers
  5. Specify Layers of Convolutional Neural Network
  6. Pretrained Deep Neural Networks


  1. Image-to-Image Regression in Deep Network Designer
  2. Deep Learning with Images
  3. Image Processing Toolbox - Examples


  1. Image Processing, Computer Vision and Deep Learning for Aerial and Satellite Images
  2. Deep Learning with MATLAB