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.
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.
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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