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What You Can Do in Data Science: HSE University Invites Applications for IDAO 2020

What You Can Do in Data Science: HSE University Invites Applications for IDAO 2020

The registration for the 3rd International Data Analysis Olympiad (IDAO 2020) organised jointly by the HSE Faculty of Computer Science and Yandex, is open until January 21,2020. The international competition introduces young developers and analysts to current issues in Data Science.

IDAO 2020 will be held in two rounds. The first stage will be a traditional machine learning competition held on the Yandex.Contest platform. Developers will need to train a model to make new predictions and then upload them to an automatic verification system.

The top 30 teams of the Online Stage will advance to the on-site final, which will be held on at the Yandex headquarters in Moscow. In the final 36 hours of the competition, participants will endeavour not only to train a model, but to create a full-fledged prototype, which will be tested both in terms of accuracy and performance. Participants will have to complete the competition tasks in real-life conditions: they have to make tight deadlines, abide by capacity limitations, and work in a team.

The Olympiad is already in its third year. The winners of the first IDAO - the Magic City team – are now busy working in sports programming. St. Petersburg State University alumni Roman Pyankov and Sergey Arefyev have repeatedly won prizes at Sberbank data analysis and AI hackathons.

Magic City team
© Mikhail Dmitriev

According to Roman, IDAO was the first competition that his team managed to win. ‘The victory gave us experience, at the very least, and excellent laptops (a laptop is a traditional prize in IDAO – editor’s note),’ says Roman. ‘Now Sergey and I are participating in almost all tournaments, since the majority of them are held online.’ The prize fund of these kinds of competitions can reach several million rubles.

© International Data Analysis Olympiad

Ilya Ivanitsky, Olympiad winner, 2019:

Solving an applied problem in a short time in a competition with a bunch of other teams is interesting. But what’s even more interesting is improving your solution over the course of the competition – when you can come up with hacks and see them work. It is also a useful line on your resume. My wishes to IDAO participants: sign up for this contest, try different things, use your time, energy, and server capacities to show what you are capable of at DS.

Winners and runners up of IDAO 2020 will receive valuable prizes and gifts, as well as an advantage in getting into the Yandex School of Data Analysis and master's programmes at the HSE Faculty of Computer Science.

The platinum partner of the 2020 Olympiad is Qiwi.


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