Hosting a Competition

Why host a competition?

Find the best solution to your challenge.
Find the best data scientists for your organisation.
Full rights to the code. No ongoing license fees or maintenance costs.
Actively promote the African data science community who use the platform to hone their skills, share ideas and learn.
Raise your profile. Build your reputation in the data science community.
On demand. Get solutions when you need them.

Hosting a competition

Identify a challenge
We help your organisation identify and define a pressing or interesting challenge. Prizes are set with your organisation, with complexity of the challenge as a determining factor.
We help you collate the relevant datasets
Zindi data scientists work with your organisation to a) determine which datasets are needed to solve the challenge and b) assist in building the datasets in the appropriate format. Data is fully anonymised and masked where needed. Challenge solutions are built on static data - models can be implemented in real-time post competition if required.
The challenge is posted online
A description of the challenge and prize money up for grabs, as well as the challenge datasets, are posted on www.zindi.africa. The competition is promoted to the Zindi community, advertised on social media platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram, and spread throughout our partner network.
Data scientists across the continent compete to solve your challenge
Data scientists download training and test datasets and build solutions. Typically, solutions comprise data processing, feature building and one or more machine learning techniques.
Solutions are ranked and cash prizes are awarded for the winning solution
Competitors can submit several solutions during the competition. Their submissions, based on the test set they dowloaded, are ranked on a leaderboard. At the close of the competition, submissions are scored against a private dataset based on the accuracy they achieve. The final rankings are always 100% objective and fair.
Launching your code into the future
Zindi data scientists work with your organisation to review the winning solutions and co-design a strategy for implementing and integrating the solution into your business. This could also include defining job specifications based on your requirements or capacity building for your team.