IIT-Madras launches ‘Cricket Hackathon 2021’ for data science enthusiasts

IIT-Madras launches ‘Cricket Hackathon 2021’ for data science enthusiasts

  • ⮚     In a first-of-its-kind event, the IIT Madras BSc programme has announced a Cricket and Coding Competition targeting those interested in data science.
  • ⮚     The participants need to submit code that predicts score at the end of 6th over for each innings of the upcoming T20 matches.
  • ⮚     This is a unique opportunity to have fun while learning; Registration is free of charge and commences on 13th April 2021

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CHENNAI, 12 APRIL: IIT Madras BSc programme is organising the ‘Cricket Hackathon 2021’ and invites registrations from students, professionals, and Data Science enthusiasts. This academic competition has been designed for beginners to learn and compete, as well as for professionals to showcase their capabilities.

Those interested can participate individually or as a team with a maximum of 4 members. There is no registration fee to enter the contest and participation is free. Registrations for the competition will begin on 13th April 2021 at https://onlinedegree.iitm.ac.in/contest.

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.

As part of this competition, all participants will be provided with data from past T20 matches which 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 results of the score predicted versus the actual score will be released the day after the match is played. There will be two leader boards – the 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 their prediction over the 50 innings will be declared as the overall winner of the IIT Madras BSc degree Cricket Hackathon 2021. Cash prizes and certificates await the top 50 winners of the overall contest and there will be T-shirts for daily winners.

For the cricket enthusiasts who are not programmers, IIT Madras has a contest for you too! Guess-The-Score event – more details about this are available on the website.

Speaking about this hackathon, Prof. Prathap Haridoss, Professor-in-charge, BSc Degree Program, IIT Madras, said, “It is important to have skilled manpower in Data Science from India 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 the area of Data Science.”

Further, Prof. Prathap Haridoss said, “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. Currently 7000 students are already learning in the BSc programme and the application form to apply for the next batch is open.”

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