Hotels.ng is holding a hackathon at its new office complex on Saturday, the 1st of August, 2015.
The idea behind the hackathon is simple: all hotel booking websites around the world have incidents of cancelled hotel bookings. Some users are more likely to cancel their bookings than others, depending on several factors/conditions. For example, a person who books and pays is less likely to cancel his booking compared to someone who intends to pay on arrival. A person who books 5 different hotels in different states on the same day is likely to cancel at least 4 of those reservations. Or maybe not – because he’s probably booking for other people.
It is possible to write a machine learning algorithm that takes data from past bookings and makes a decision based off the characteristics of the user to decide if the person is going to cancel his booking or not.
Hotels.ng will provide participants of the hackathon a dataset of 5000 pieces of dummy data against which a machine learning (or any other) algorithm can be coded. The end-goal of your algorithm would be, quite simply, to predict booking cancellations.
At the end of the process, each algorithm will be run against the full Hotels.ng dataset (on www.hotels.ng) to see whose algorithm was the best predictor of cancellations.
The winner will get a prize.
The hackathon will take place at the Hotels.ng office located at No. 3 Birrell Avenue, Sabo, Yaba (right beside the Chief Magistrate Court). It starts at 9am, and will probably end shortly after lunch.
Everyone is welcome – but since this is an advanced coding problem, only software developers will be able to participate (no project managers or designers needed on this one).
Solo developers and/or team mates are invited to participate. Light refreshments will be provided.
Interested developers should register here.