KaggleDays x Z by HP championship is a series of events that are conducted in collaboration with Z by HP as the sponsors with LogicAI and Kaggle as the organizers. The Championship consists of 12 online meetups held across the globe every 3 to 4 weeks with a final in-person event in Barcelona, Spain.
The 3 winning teams from every online meetup will be invited to participate in the in-person final and get a chance to become the ultimate Kaggle Days champion and win Z by HP workstations.
KaggleDays is a community of more than 7 Million Data Scientists from all across the globe with diverse cultures and demographics with access to worldwide reach, accessible from anywhere through the meetups.
Winners stand out from the other participants in every meetup and show a general trend that most of the winning teams are consists of Masters and Grandmasters. The following chart justifies that on an average from all meetups, more than 84.4 % of the participants on the Leaderboard are Masters and Grandmasters who demonstrate exceptional skills in the field of Data Science on a global platform and used their skills in the industry setting in their day to day workflow.
Most of the participants rated that they learn something new from every meetup and use that skills in their profession to get better results at what they do!
Winning Solutions Verification
Every winning team is entitled to winners only when they share their entire work within the 2-hour window after the competition ends. Winners have to submit their entire training and inference code to us which we verify and store with us. Verification is one such crucial part of our evaluation, which assesses that the team has not done any malpractice to gain an unfair advantage over others in the competition. However, the solutions are not only limited to the pre-verification process, they can be used by the partner company to evaluate the profiles of the winners and filter potentials from the top winning teams for recruitment. Winning solutions can reflect a lot about a participant’s profile such as coding styles, approach, how they prepare pipeline, and much more. This would eventually remove an entire layer of hiring which includes the assignment and testing process for an interviewee and would eventually test their skills with a 4-hour extensive competition where they rank globally on the leaderboard!
Engagement in Meetups
Every meetup brings with it the open community of data scientists where anyone can meet other data scientists and discuss their work. Networking is one core foundation of KaggleDays meetups where not just the participants but the partner company also gets to network their products and services through various sources.
Participants join the meeutp on our live ClickMeeting setup which has briefings from the organizers, an ambassador’s live presentation, and a QnA live session. To strengthen the support for Networking, there is a dedicated slack channel for finding teammates, getting updates on the competition, discussing approaches, and taking mentors' help. Talking about mentors’ support, KaggleDays meetups also provide a Mentoring booth managed by top Masters and Grandmasters at LogicAI.
This is not just limited to Networking for Participants, the partner company gets exclusive spaces in the event as well such live presentation demonstrating their products and a dedicated booth for the partner representatives to meet participants 1 on 1 if they have any doubts and requirements.
This entire setup has worked wonders in the current meetups and helped a lot of participants learn new skills and at the same time opened up opportunities for the partner company to hire strong candidates for their specific high-end requirements.
From the above discussion plot, it is quite understood that 81.2% of the participants have rated 4 or 5(on a scale of 5) for the discussion and networking that they have done during the meetup which helped them in technical as well as upscale their professional careers.
Effect on real-world projects
KaggleDays competitions are not just 4-hour timed competitions, they leave an everlasting impression on the participants. They get to learn new skills for fellow Data Scientists and new techniques from the discussion and slack channels which directly impacts their professional growth as data scientists and opens up exploration for research projects for students. Each meetup brings a problem that solves a real-world problem which is not only exciting to solve in a limited time but opens up the stage for further explorations for research.
The following chart shows that on an average 85.2% of the participants actually use the skills learned from the championships in their real-world projects, whether it be tech industry projects or students’ research projects.
Custom Problem Statements
The best part about framing and planning a problem statement is that we are not limited to ideas and the sky is the limit. At KaggleDays we take suggestions and feedback seriously and if needed we can set custom problems with the partner company to solve the specific purposes such as either hiring new talent into a specific domain or corporate social responsibility for promoting research.
The championship consists of 12 short-timed competitions, each meetup event is followed by a 4-hour shot-timed competition. These competitions not only introduce a technical competitive element to the championship but also help participants to develop skills like time management and leadership skills.
Speed programming and quick decision-making are some other skills that the participants learn from these competitions.
Real-time interaction and mentorship
Meetups are packed with 2 very useful 1:1 interaction booths: Mentoring Booth and the Z by HP Booth. The Mentoring booth hosts some experienced Grandmasters and Masters who are available live during the entire event for participants to interact on a 1:1 basis. Participants can get their doubts solved regarding anything related to the meetup or any general Data Science guidance. This mentoring booth turns out to be a very useful tool for someone who is looking for mentorship during the meetup.
The top 3 winners from every meetup get the chance to win exciting goodies and an invitation to the final event in Barcelona. Partners’ team can meet the winners in person in the finals which can help them in understanding the minds of the best data scientists and ease their recruitment process.
Level of difficulty
We know that the difficulty of our competitions is an important factor in determining the proficiency of the participants who attend our events. KaggleDays events are neither too easy for beginners nor too hard that no one can solve them. They are just as hard as a proficient Grandmaster would have to put on efforts to maintain a position on the leaderboard and at the same time a beginner does not feel alienated and can make some decent submissions on the Leaderboard. This balance makes our competition one of the best sources for hiring great Data Scientists.
Our client’s feedback means a lot to us. Based on the feedback we receive we always keep thriving towards getting better at what we do. Here are a few comments from the feedback that we received from our participants at the end of every meetup.
"Really liked the structure of the event and the speaker's talk. -Ritwik"
"I have been a huge fan of Ken and have been following for the past 13-14 months. His resources have helped me get through a lot of academic difficulties. The competition was just the right mix of fun and excitement! -Aman"