Lagos-based hotel booking website, Hotels.ng is organizing a hackathon to develop a machine learning algorithm to predict users who will cancel hotel bookings.

“Some users are more likely to cancel their bookings than others, depending on several factors/conditions,” the company said of why it is organizing the hackathon. “A person who books five different hotels in different states on the same day is likely to cancel at least four of those reservations. Or maybe not – because he’s probably booking for other people.”

The goal is to write a machine learning algorithm that tracks users’ behaviour and makes a decision based off available data on whether a user will cancel a booking or not.

The hackathon is holding this Saturday, August 1, 2015  at the Hotels.ng office at No. 3 Birrell Avenue, Sabo, Yaba. It starts at 9 am.

Hotels.ng will provide participants a dataset of 5000 pieces of dummy data against which a machine learning (or any other) algorithm can be coded.

Because this an advanced coding problem, only software developers will be able to participate (no project managers or designers needed on this one), Hotels.ng says.  Solo developers and/or team mates are invited to participate.

Click here get an early bird ticket to the hackathon.

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Gbenga Onalaja Author

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