A BOLD NEW
TEAM MACHINE LEARNING
OLYMPIAD

CALLING FOR
WORLD'S BEST TEAMS
Online Round
Jan 15 - Feb 11, 2018
On-Site Final
Apr 2 - 5, 2018
A BOLD NEW TEAM MACHINE LEARNING OLYMPIAD

CALLING FOR
WORLD'S BEST TEAMS
Online Round
Jan 15 - Feb 11, 2018

On-Site Final
Apr 2 - 5, 2018

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Higher School of Economics, Yandex and Sberbank along with Harbour.Space University are proud to announce an olympiad created by and for data analysts.

Bringing the world of Data Competitions to the grand stage for people in all walks of life, be they PhD holders, company teams, students or new data scientists, the event is open to all teams and individuals alike.

The event aims to bridge the gap between the all-increasing complexity of Machine Learning models and performance bottlenecks of the industry. The participants will strive not only to maximize the quality of their predictions, but also to devise resource-efficient algorithms.

This will be a team machine learning competition, divided into two stages. The first stage will be online, open to all participants. The second stage will be the offline on-site finals, in which the top 30 performing teams from the online round will compete at the Yandex office in Moscow.
WHAT IS IDAO?
To take part in the Olympiad, each team participant must register. Each team consists of 1-3 members.

The Olympiad is held in two rounds: online qualification round hosted on the Yandex.Contest Platform, and the on-site finals, held in Moscow. The solution of the task of the online round must be submitted by the team to the contest system no later than 23.59 Moscow time on February 11, 2018.

Based on the results of the online round, a table with points scored by teams will be published on the IDAO site by February 18, 2018, highlighting the list of finalists.

Each team can submit only one solution.

Only participants who have reached the age of 18 before the start of the on-site finals can participate.

At the finals, participants will need to use their own computer. Use of any legal software is allowed. Organizers of the Olympiad will provide cloud computing service, but won't provide computers.

Three prizes will be awarded in the final round: one for the winning team, and two runners up.

RULES

STAGE 1. ONLINE
There will be two separate tracks during the online stage. From the machine learning perspective, the tracks will be similar, yet the restrictions put on the solutions are different for each track.

The first track will be a traditional data science competition. Having a labeled training data set, participants will be asked to make a prediction for the test data and submit their predictions to the leaderboard. In this track, participants can produce arbitrarily complex models. If you like to use 4-level stacking or deep neural networks, this is the right track for you – you will only need to submit test predictions. However, those who qualify for the finals will be asked to submit the full code of the solution for validation by the judges.

In real world problems, efficiency is as important as quality. Complex and resource-intensive solutions will not fit the strict time and space restrictions often imposed by an application. That is why in the second competition track, your task will be to solve the same problem as was in track one, but with tight restrictions on the time and on the memory used during both learning and inference. You will need to upload the end-to-end code for your solution: both learning and inference. The evaluation server will run training and testing for your model and report the result. Both learning and evaluation must fit into time and memory constraints. If you like the most efficient solutions, this is the right track for you.

We hope that the two tracks will make the olympiad fascinating for both machine learning competition experts and competitive programming masters, Kaggle winners and ACM champions, as well as everyone eager to solve real world problems with Data. Moreover, we encourage people with different backgrounds, ML and ACM, to team up and push Data Analysis to new frontiers.
STAGE 2. FINALS
There will be two separate tracks during the online stage. From the machine learning perspective, the tracks will be similar, yet the restrictions put on the solutions are different for each track.
WITH THE SUPPORT OF
Sberbank is Russia's largest bank and a leading global financial institution. Sberbank holds almost one third of aggregate Russian banking sector assets, it is the key lender to the national economy and the biggest deposit taker in Russia.

The Central Bank of the Russian Federation is the founder and principal shareholder of Sberbank owning 50% of the Bank's authorised capital plus one voting share, with the remaining 50% held by domestic and international investors. Sberbank has more than 145 million customers in 21 countries.

Sberbank has the largest distribution network in Russia with almost 15,000 branches, and its international operations include UK, US, CIS, Central and Eastern Europe, India, China, Turkey and other countries. The Bank holds the general banking license No.1481 issued by the Bank of Russia.
15 Jan - 11 Feb, 2018
Online Round
Sign up and gain access to Yandex.Contest platform
11 Dec, 2017 - 11 Feb, 2018
Results posted, best teams picked for offline Finals
18 Feb, 2018
TIMELINE
1
2
3
4
On-site Final in Moscow
2 Apr - 5, 2018
5
Awards ceremony
5 Apr, 2018
Accuracy of your predictions
Resource-intensive solutions
Quality
Efficiency approach
GET ON BOARD
Your solutions will be judged by following criteria:
IDAO has been created by and for data analysts. With data ever increasing in worth, we see the value in its analysts and their ability to better themselves through healthy competition. You can help us continue to provide these competitions, as we push to discover the next great data scientists!
ENGAGE WITH US
Accuracy of your predictions
Resource-intensive solutions
Quality
Efficiency approach
GET ON BOARD
Your solutions will be judged by following criteria:
IDAO has been created by and for data analysts. With data ever increasing in worth, we see the value in its analysts and their ability to better themselves through healthy competition. You can help us continue to provide these competitions, as we push to discover the next great data scientists!
ENGAGE WITH US
Chairman of Judging Commission,
Research professor in HSE,
Head of Bayesian methods research group
PhD, Managing Director for R&D in DS, ML and AI at Sberbank
Senior Lecturer, Research Assistant at HSE
Dmitry Vetrov
Andrey Chertok
Gleb Evstropov
MEET THE JUDGES
Alexander Guschin
Data Analyst in Yandex, highest overall rank at Kaggle is 5th
Chief Data Scientist at Yandex.Market
Computer Science & Data Science Programme Director at Harbour.Space University
Head of AI at Yandex.Zen, Deputy Head of Big Data and Information Retireval department at HSE
Michael Levin
Konstantin Mertsalov
Evgeny Sokolov
Vadim Strijov
D.Sc. in Physics and Mathematics, Professor at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
Nick Tiden
PhD, Head of Retail DS, Managing Director at Sberbank
PhD student in Skoltech University, Research Scientist at Yandex
Dmitry Ulyanov
Head of Laboratory of Methods for Big Data Analysis at HSE
Andrey Ustyuzhanin
Data Science is becoming one of the most important domains of human knowledge. Our civilisation is at the point when we are able collect and store large amounts of data but still do not fully realise what we can do with them. There is a clear need in professionals in data science and machine learning and this need will only grow in next years. Such olympiads are excellent ways to encourage more gifted young people to become data scientists. The more data scientists we will have, the faster we will move towards AI and the creation of new post-industrial future for humanity.
JUDGE'S VOICE
Research professor in HSE, Head of Bayesian methods research group
Dmitry Vetrov
Winners of the first stage will be invited to Moscow to take part in the on-site competition. Accommodation, and half-board meals are covered by the organising committee.

All participants have the chance to showcase their skills to the data science community on an international scale - the results will be internships, networking with some of the most passionate and like minded individuals, and job opportunities.

For winners, valuable prizes will be awarded, with both Higher School of Economics and Harbour.Space University offering special awards. Students from outside of Russia will have an opportunity to join a Master's degree programme at HSE, within the Faculty of Computer Science, free of charge. From Harbour.Space University, a 29,000 EUR scholarship will be offered, which also covers living costs in Barcelona, for graduate and undergraduate degrees.

Special prizes might be awarded at the discretion of the jury.

The winners will be determined by the leaderboard ranking based on private test set.
PRIZES
SEE YOU IN MOSCOW!
The on-site finals, in which the top 30 performing teams from the online round will compete, is to be held in Moscow, Yandex office.
VENUE
ORGANISERS
Yandex is a technology company that builds intelligent products and services powered by machine learning. Our goal is to help consumers and businesses better navigate the online and offline world. Since 1997, we have delivered world-class, locally relevant search and information services. Additionally, we have developed market-leading on-demand transportation services, navigation products, and other mobile applications for millions of consumers across the globe.
The Higher School of Economics (HSE) is the one of the most renowned Russian universities. The education is focused on economics and social sciences as well as high technologies and natural science. We stand on deep studying approach in fundamental disciplines combined with real experience at the biggest Russian companies to bring our graduates the perfect skills for their future carriers.
Harbour.Space is a university created by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs focused on meeting the demands of the future. One of the only European institutions completely dedicated to technology, design and entrepreneurship, where interdisciplinary courses are taught by many of today's leading professionals. The aim is not only to equip students with the knowledge to take on the real world, but to nurture, create and shape tomorrow's tech superstars.
Teams that want to take part in the competition must submit their application. Registration is open throughout the online competition.

Please fill out this form, only one form per team.
REGISTRATION
STEP 1: LET'S GET STARTED
First Name
Last Name
Email
Phone Number (Including Country Code)
Team name
Number of team members
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STEP 2: WHAT'S NEXT

You will receive a notification with the access code to the Yandex.Contest platform, along with a special form to register the rest of your team's participants.
So why should you sponsor this event? Simply put, we want to work with you to provide data scientists a platform for bettering themselves through these types of competitions.

The IDAO fosters camaraderie, and healthy competition. With your name attached, we will be sending these gifted minds right to your doorstep for possible internships as they are in possession of something extremely valuable - the desire and ability to find ALL the Data.

There are many ways to sponsor, either by sponsoring a person, a team, gifting resources, or something as grand as a competition branded with your name. The plethora of options is there for your convenience, and we can't wait to hear from you!


BECOME A SPONSOR
If you have any questions, concerns or comments, please fill out this form.
REQUEST MORE INFORMATION
So why should you sponsor this event? Simply put, we want to work with you to provide data scientists a platform for bettering themselves through these types of competitions.

The IDAO fosters camaraderie, and healthy competition. With your name attached, we will be sending these gifted minds right to your doorstep for possible internships as they are in possession of something extremely valuable - the desire and ability to find ALL the Data.

There are many ways to sponsor, either by sponsoring a person, a team, gifting resources, or something as grand as a competition branded with your name. The plethora of options is there for your convenience, and we can't wait to hear from you!


BECOME A SPONSOR
If you have any questions, concerns or comments, please fill out this form.
REQUEST MORE INFORMATION
The on-site finals will be held this April from the 2 to the 5 in Moscow and we need your help with jobs such as helping participants, handing out food and drinks, break down and set ups, etc.
BECOME A VOLUNTEER
For all questions regarding IDAO, please contact us here: hello@idao.world

Cristian Rotari
- Coordinator
Phone number: +34 666 23 66 43
Email Address: cristian.rotari@harbour.space

Tamara Voznesenskaya - Coordinator
Phone number: +7 495 772 95 90 ext. 12436
Email Address: tvoznesenskaya@hse.ru

Veronika Soboleva - Manager
Phone number: +34 674 29 14 22
Email Address: veronika.soboleva@harbour.space

Ian Johnson - Manager
Phone number: +34 611 09 53 00
Email Address: ian.johnson@harbour.space

Irina Plisetskaya - Coordinator
Phone number: +7 495 772 95 90 ext. 22772
Email Address: igergart@hse.ru
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