Participants need to submit a code that predicts the innings score at the end of 6th over of T20 matches
Cricket and data science will come together at Cricket Hackathon 2021 to be hosted by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras.
This first-of-its-kind academic competition has been designed for beginners to learn and compete as well as for professionals to showcase their capabilities. The participants need to submit a code that predicts the innings score at the end of the 6th of the upcoming T20 matches.
Students, professionals and data science enthusiasts can register for free here from April 13. Those interested can participate individually or as a team with a maximum of four members.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Data Science is one of the fastest-growing sectors, predicted to create 11.5 million jobs by 2026.
The IIT Madras BSc programme aims to spread more awareness about data science as a field of study through this event.
All participants will be provided with data from previous T20 matches that can be used to train the code for the contest. This competition is structured as an academic activity where participants will try to predict the score at the end of six overs in every innings for a set of matches. The contest is expected to run for about 50 innings of the T20 matches.
The predicted score versus the actual score will be released the day after the match is played. There will be two leader boards — leaderboard of the day showcasing those whose predictions were closest to the actual score on that day and the leader board for the contest based on cumulative scores obtained.
The individual or the team with the lowest error in prediction over 50 innings will be declared the overall winner of the IIT Madras BSc degree Cricket Hackathon 2021. Cash prizes and certificates await the top 50 winners of the contest and there will be T-shirts for daily winners.
For cricket enthusiasts who are not programmers, IIT Madras has the Guess-The-Score event. More details about this are available on the website.
“It is important to have skilled manpower in data science to meet the requirements of the global economy. India will continue to have a competitive advantage if we are able to nurture and develop young talent in data science,” said Prathap Haridoss, professor-in-charge, BSc degree programme, IIT Madras.
“This is purely an academically driven Innovative competition to inspire young students to explore the field of data science, its applications and aspire for a career in data science. In 2020, IIT Madras launched the world’s first BSc in programming and data science, aiming to eliminate barriers of age, discipline, and geographic locations, and giving access to world-class education to all from the comfort of one’s home,” he said.
Update about the contest will be posted on social media channels.
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