OLX has kicked off a coding hackathon in India to recruit people proficient in Machine Learning, Data Science and AI. Called Code and the Curious, the hackathon is an online assessment challenge, which started on July 22 and will go on till July 27. That will be followed by a live two-day hackathon session in Gurugram and Bengaluru on August 5 and August 12 respectively.
OLX says the hackathon has already received over 10,000 registrations so far. The shortlisted candidates from the second round of the hackathon will undergo interviews for full-time roles at OLX across its global technology hubs in Buenos Aires, Berlin, Lisbon, and Gurgaon. The Hackathon is designed for data scientists, engineers, and coders. There is no participation fee for entering the Hackathon.
Essentially, in the context of online classifieds, such is OLX, the company has realised that the buyers want to find ads that are relevant for them. And so, in order to help users do that, OLX wants to be able to show them those ads by predicting the chance of any particular user of contacting the seller of any particular ad. In continuation of this thought, this hackathon puts forth the challenge to predict the ads that any particular buyer will contact for the first time in the period of the hackathon, grouped by category, within the limited scope of users that are only browsing and not searching. ALSO READ: OLX user escapes online scam, shows how fraudsters operate
OLX provided the participants with a training dataset containing the behaviour of a sample of users until a specific day. Also, the detailed information of all the ads available on that day and the information about the ones the users interacted with.
“One of the highlights of working at OLX is the opportunity to work on 40 others markets across the globe. India is known for its immense tech talent, and we thought it would be fitting to leverage this talent for other markets by recruiting specifically for those countries. ‘Be Open’ is one of our key values. We are open to learning from each other, sharing experiences, and even recruiting the best talent from across other OLX countries,” said Varun Madan, Head of HR, OLX India. ALSO READ: Indians sell approximately 4 million pre-owned mobile phones every year: Survey