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Community Blog Tianchi x MSU Hackathon - IJCAI 2018 organized by Alimama

Tianchi x MSU Hackathon - IJCAI 2018 organized by Alimama

Alibaba Cloud Tianchi hosted the IJCAI 2018 Global Hackathon, Alimama International Advertising Algorithm Competition at Moscow State University in April.

Alibaba and the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) came together to develop a hackathon event to disrupt the advertising industry through breakthrough algorithms. Alimama, Alibaba's marketing technology and big data platform, will be one of the main organizers of this hackathon.

In partnership with Moscow State University’s (MSU), Alibaba Cloud Tianchi’s brings the unique opportunity of holding the IJCAI Hackathon on MSU premises on April 20 - 21, 2018. With its global recognition for computer science and engineering disciplines, MSU ideally situated attract talents from across the globe.

Teams will compete for two days to develop breakthrough algorithms, get access to real-business data sets, and learning cutting-edge coding skills. What's more, winning teams have the opportunity to earn cash prizes and special access to Alibaba Cloud's resources.

In addition to the Hackathon at MSU, there is a global IJCAI 2018 competition, which is already open for registration. You are welcome to participate in both! If you think you have what it takes to be the global champion, sign up by visiting this link.

Hackathon Agenda

Day 1 (April 20, 2018)
18:00 – 23:00 MSK - Auditorium MSU Main building

Time Agenda
17:45 – 18:00 Event registration
18:00 – 18:15 Opening ceremony. Welcome speech by Professor Fedyanin
18:15 – 18:30 Speech by Alibaba Tianchi BD Team Diego Garcia
18:30 – 19:00 Speech by MSU Professor specialist in machine learning (mini-lecture)
19:00 – 20:00 Speech by Alibaba Data Scientist, recommendations and hacks for participants
20:00 – 20:30 Break
20:30 – 23:00 Hackathon starts! 60 people capacity offline + online participants
(held at hackathon war room)
23:00 End of Day 1

Day 2 (April 21, 2018)
10:00 – 18:00 MSK - MSU

Time Agenda
10:00 – 10:30 Coffee and continuation of hackathon
13:00 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 17:00 Hackathon
17:00 – 17:45 Hackathon ends. Closing ceremony and awards
17:45 – 18:00 Closing remarks

Hackathon Prizes

First place – USD $500 + direct qualification to IJCAI-18 global competition semi-final + 1 hour coaching with Alibaba manager + certificate + gift
Second place – USD $300 + 1 hour coaching with Alibaba manager + certificate + gift
Third place – USD $200 + 1 hour coaching with Alibaba manager + certificate + gift
You can register by visiting IJCAI Hackathon on MSU.

About IJCAI 2018 Global Hackathon

Sponsored search is one of the most popular marketing approaches in today’s internet ecosystem. Merchants (advertisers) set several keywords for their products, and these products will be presented to the customers who search these keywords. By the end of 2017, the gross revenue from sponsored search has been more than 100 billion, which exceeds 50% of the overall incomes of internet advertising. Sponsored search contributes the majority of revenue for most Internet companies, such as Google and Facebook. Due to its technical challenges and commercial values, sponsored search has been widely studied in the industrial and research areas all over the world.

The conversion rate (CVR) in sponsored search is defined as the probability of a user to purchase the displayed item after clicking this item. CVR indicates customers' satisfaction to the displayed items, shops and the advertising creative. Estimating the CVR accurately facilitates the search engines to reach more potential customers, increases the return on investment (ROI) for advertisers, and improves the user experience during online shopping.

IJCAI 2018 Global Hackathon Prizes

Application Link: https://www.alibabacloud.com/campaign/IJCAI2018
Application Deadline: April 23, 2018
Eligibility: Any team with at most 3 members

Awards: Over USD 20,000 and travel support to present winning teams’ solutions on IJCAI-18, which will be held in Stockholm in July, 2018.
First place – USD 10,000 + USD 3,000 in travel sponsorship + ticket to IJCAI-18 main meeting (Stockholm, July 2018)
Second place – USD 6,000 + USD 3,000 in travel sponsorship
Third place – USD 4,000 + USD 3,000 in travel sponsorship
Special award* 1 – USD 4,000
Special award* 2 – USD 4,000
* We will select 2 teams from the top 4-20 teams based on their submission materials (code + solution report + presentation slides) for the special award.

Sponsors and Partners: Alimama (Alibaba Group’s Advertising Unit), IJCAI 2018 & Alibaba Cloud Tianchi, Moscow State University (MSU)

About Tianchi

Tianchi is a leading global hackathon-like competition platform, powered by Alibaba Cloud. Tianchi connects the best software developers and data scientists with businesses and governments globally to solve the toughest problems across multiple industries. Tianchi boasts a community of over 150,000 data scientists from over 3,100 institutes & business groups from over 81 countries.

Tianchi competitions are a highly cost-efficient way to get the most innovative algorithms & solutions in Big Data, AI, Machine Learning. Through these competitions, Tianchi contestants get access to unique data sets that are normally inaccessible, and exposure to the latest coding know-how as well as job opportunities at Alibaba and our clients.

Don't forget to sign up at https://resource.alibabacloud.com/event/index

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