Akeed Restaurant Recommendation Hackathon by #ZindiWeekendz
Predict which restaurants in Oman customers will most likely order from
$300 USD
Ended almost 3 years ago
57 active · 258 enrolled
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As countries begin to ease their COVID-19 lockdown restrictions and restaurants re-open for delivery, delivery services such as Akeed are more relevant than ever to help these businesses stay afloat and enable people to enjoy their favourite foods again from the safety of their homes.

The objective of this competition is to build a recommendation engine to predict what restaurants customers are most likely to order from given the customer location, restaurant information, and the customer order history.

This solution will allow Akeed, an app-based food delivery service in Oman, to customise restaurant recommendations for each of their customers and ensure a more positive overall user experience.

This hackathon is the launch event for the Akeed Restaurant Recommendation Challenge, which will open on Monday 18 May.

About #ZindiWeekendz

The Zindi community is joining the fight against COVID-19! #ZindiWeekendz are virtual weekend hackathons hosted by Zindi. This series of #ZindiWeekendz throughout April and May 2020 focuses specifically on COVID-19.

In a time of lockdowns, remote work, and general uncertainty, #ZindiWeekendz offer data scientists the opportunity to continue to develop their skills while contributing to practical, open-source AI solutions to help in the battle against COVID-19.

Most of the winning solutions will be shared as a public good on GitHub. We are committed to supporting partners to implement these solutions and encourage anyone who is interested to reach out to us at zindi@zindi.africa.

About Microsoft (microsoft.com)

This hackathon is sponsored by Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft). Microsoft enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Microsoft has operated in Africa for more than 25 years. In that time they have built strong partnerships across the continent, helped bridge gaps in infrastructure, connectivity and capability, and are working to empower countries in Africa to digitally transform while creating sustained societal impact. Earlier this year, Microsoft opened Africa’s first hyper-scale data centers in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. Most recently, the company also announced the opening of two Africa Development Centers in Nairobi and Lagos, where world-class African talent can create innovative solutions for local and global impact.

About Akeed (akeedapp.com):

“Akeed” is an Arabic term which translates to “sure” in English. Akeed is a mobile application that customers can download to their phones. It will allow customers in Oman to order food from their favourite restaurants and have it delivered to their address.

Akeed’s vision is to be the delivery and discovery platform for everything people need instantly. Akeed approaches the dimensions of food delivery by taking the order, routing it to a restaurant, picking up the order and delivering it to the customer.

About UK Oman Digital Hub (ukomandigitalhub.com):

Launched in August 2019, the UK Oman Digital Hub focuses on joining together UK and Omani experts and supporting Oman's emerging technical and digital specialisms. They strongly believe that the future of the UK-Oman relationship is a digital one. It has co-launched the region's first Cyber Security Accelerator, funded mentorship programmes for Omani tech start-ups, co-developed Oman's cyber security curriculum in schools, supporting programming and coding courses, and organised numerous lectures and curriculum reviews for university students on digital and cyber subjects.

About PhazeRo (www.phaze.ro):

PhazeRo converts Oman’s human potential into high-performing talent through experience-based learning. PhazeRo believes that high-performing talent is the cornerstone in realising their vision to establish Oman as the technology hub of the region.

PhazeRo is building the region's largest engineering team from local software talent. They specialize in Software Engineering, Interaction Design, Data Science and Cyber Security


Teams and collaboration

You may participate in this competition as an individual or in a team of up to four people. When creating a team, the team must have a total submission count less than or equal to the maximum allowable submissions as of the formation date. A team will be allowed the maximum number of submissions for the competition, minus the highest number of submissions among team members at team formation. Prizes are transferred only to the individual players or to the team leader.

Multiple accounts per user are not permitted, and neither is collaboration or membership across multiple teams. Individuals and their submissions originating from multiple accounts will be disqualified.

Code must not be shared privately outside of a team. Any code that is shared, must be made available to all competition participants through the platform. (i.e. on the discussion boards).

Datasets and packages

The solution must use publicly-available, open-source packages only. Your models should not use any of the metadata provided.

You may use only the datasets provided for this competition.

The data used in this competition is the sole property of Zindi and the competition host. You may not transmit, duplicate, publish, redistribute or otherwise provide or make available any competition data to any party not participating in the Competition (this includes uploading the data to any public site such as Kaggle or GitHub). You may upload, store and work with the data on any cloud platform such as Google Colab, AWS or similar, as long as 1) the data remains private and 2) doing so does not contravene Zindi’s rules of use.

You must notify Zindi immediately upon learning of any unauthorised transmission of or unauthorised access to the competition data, and work with Zindi to rectify any unauthorised transmission or access.

Your solution must not infringe the rights of any third party and you must be legally entitled to assign ownership of all rights of copyright in and to the winning solution code to Zindi.

Submissions and winning

You may make a maximum of 10 submissions per day. Your highest-scoring solution on the private leaderboard at the end of the competition will be the one by which you are judged.

As this challenge is now closed you can make a maximum of 30 submissions per day.

Zindi maintains a public leaderboard and a private leaderboard for each competition. The Public Leaderboard includes approximately 50% of the test dataset. While the competition is open, the Public Leaderboard will rank the submitted solutions by the accuracy score they achieve. Upon close of the competition, the Private Leaderboard, which covers the other 50% of the test dataset, will be made public and will constitute the final ranking for the competition.

If you are in the top 5 at the time the leaderboard closes, we will email you to request your code. On receipt of email, you will have 48 hours to respond and submit your code following the submission guidelines detailed below. Failure to respond will result in disqualification.

If your solution places 1st, 2nd, or 3rd on the final leaderboard, you will be required to submit your winning solution code to us for verification, and you thereby agree to assign all worldwide rights of copyright in and to such winning solution to Zindi.

If two solutions earn identical scores on the leaderboard, the tiebreaker will be the date and time in which the submission was made (the earlier solution will win).

The winners will be paid via bank transfer, PayPal, or other international money transfer platform. International transfer fees will be deducted from the total prize amount, unless the prize money is under $500, in which case the international transfer fees will be covered by Zindi. In all cases, the winners are responsible for any other fees applied by their own bank or other institution for receiving the prize money. All taxes imposed on prizes are the sole responsibility of the winners.

You acknowledge and agree that Zindi may, without any obligation to do so, remove or disqualify an individual, team, or account if Zindi believes that such individual, team, or account is in violation of these rules. Entry into this competition constitutes your acceptance of these official competition rules.

Please refer to the FAQs and Terms of Use for additional rules that may apply to this competition. We reserve the right to update these rules at any time.


The error metric for this competition is the F1 score, which ranges from 0 (total failure) to 1 (perfect score). Hence, the closer your score is to 1, the better your model.

F1 Score: A performance score that combines both precision and recall. It is a harmonic mean of these two variables. The formula is given as: 2*Precision*Recall/(Precision + Recall)

Precision: This is an indicator of the number of items correctly identified as positive out of total items identified as positive. The formula is given as: TP/(TP+FP)

Recall / Sensitivity / True Positive Rate (TPR): This is an indicator of the number of items correctly identified as positive out of total actual positives. The formula is given as: TP/(TP+FN)


TP=True Positive
FP=False Positive
TN=True Negative
FN=False Negative

Your submission file should look like:

Where 1 indicates that a customer will order from that restaurant and 0 that they will not order from that restaurant.

A7B8IGM X 0 X 105            0
NS70FA9 X 0 X 105            1
WTWOE69 X 0 X 105            0

1st: $125

2nd: $100

3rd: $75

Top 10 will also receive access to valuable online data science learning content for approximately six months.


Competition closes on 17 May 2020.

Final submissions must be received by 11:59 PM GMT.

We reserve the right to update the contest timeline if necessary.