The organizers and Lazada never imagined that the competition would turn into a photo finish with such close scores.
On behalf of the CIKM AnalytiCup 2017 Organizing Committee and Lazada, I would like to congratulate the three FINALIST teams, namely:
* Akshay Bhonde (Unilever, Singapore) and Samarth Agarwal (DBS, Singapore)
* Tam T. Nguyen (Ryerson University, Canada), Ebrahim Bagheri (Ryerson University, Canada), Hossein Fani (University of New Brunswick, Canada), and Gilberto Titericz (Airbnb, Inc., USA)
* Hong Diao Wen (University of Electronic Science and Technology, China)
The finalist teams are invited to present their solutions in person at the CIKM AnalytiCup Finals on 6 November 2017. The final placement among the three finalists (1st, 2nd, 3rd) will only be announced at the CIKM AnalytiCup Finals, where they will be awarded with certificates and prizes.
When so many submitted solutions are so close to a tie, the focus for the sponsor naturally shifts to comparing other characteristics of the solutions as well. One is scalability: will this method scale up 1000x? Another is the quality of the code and its documentation.
Therefore, the organizers and Lazada decide to recognize two other teams with HONOURABLE MENTION, namely:
* Minh C. Phan (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) and Yi Tay (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
* Massimo Nicosia (University of Trento, Italy) and Alessandro Moschitti (Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar)
These two teams will also be invited to the present their solutions in person at the CIKM AnalytiCup Finals, where they will also be awarded with certificates.
We congratulate the above finalists and honourable mentions on their commendable performance!
I wondering whether it is necessary that participants should attend the finals to be awarded？Moreover,how to deal with some participants who have an issue with passport.So sorry that i have not applied the passport in advance so the time is not enough to prepare.Posted by: naiven @ Sept. 27, 2017, 5:07 p.m.
As made clear from the beginning, there are two components to the award.
There is the prize money that is won based on the eventual placement within the top-3 (6K, 2K, and 1K respectively). This does not require the winner to be present, but we will have to work out a way to award the prize money.
The second component is the travel fund (2K) that is gained only if at least one member of a finalist team presents their solution in person at the AnalytiCup Finals on 6 Nov.