Where will the hackathon be held?
The Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology will host the event and provide accommodation for all participants (BioPharmCluster).

Address: 9 Institutskiy per., Dolgoprudny, Moscow Region.

How to get to MIPT:

  • (recommended) From either "Savyolovsky" Train Station or Platform "Timiryazevskaya" take a train to "Novodachnaya" or "Dolgoprudnaya" platform (~20 minutes);
  • From Metro Station "Rechnoi Vokzal", take bus or minibus №368 to the last stop (~40 minutes);
  • From Metro Station "Planernaya" take bus №472 to "Dolgoprudnaya" platform, next go along the Pervomayskaya street with south direction to campus (10–12 minutes);
  • From Metro Station "Altufevo", take minibus №545 (456 C) to "MIPT" stop (~15 minutes).
What will be the prizes for the hackathon?
The main prize is the journey to the Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) conference in LA, USA. Second- and third-best teams will get 100,000 and 50,000 rub. consequently. Besides, we have a money prize for the best bot (100,000) and for the most active participant (50,000).
May I attend just lectures?
Yes. If you want to be the free listener, please register here.
Is there a registration fee?
No, there isn't.
Will travel, accommodation and food expenses be covered?
We will take care of the accommodation expenses of participants. Coffee-breaks, pizza and other "traditional hackers" food will be provided.
Can we change team composition during the hackathon?
Yes, you may build a new team on Monday 24th. We expect that each team will consists of 6-7 members.
Will you send to the NIPS all members of the winning team?
The smaller the team, the more we can do for its members. We can cover all expenses for a team of 6 people.
Will computational resources be provided?
We plan to give our participants a 24/7 access to 10 remote instances (2 vCPU, 16 Gb RAM, GTX 1080).
Can I reuse models and data of the Qualification round (during the main competition)?
Of course, you can.
What does the task for qualification round and the main round have in common?
The task is the same, but the dataset will change.
Should I take part in bot evaluation?
If you are one of 62 hackathon participants, you have to evaluate at least 30-50 dialogues. If you are not, you can still contribute. We will be grateful for help!
How did you define the winners of Kaggle competition?
We invited top-50 participants from the Kaggle Leaderboard. As the deadline was extended at the last moment, we invited also that participants who entered top-50 before the extention.