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We’re Offering $10,000+ in Prizes for the Best Machine Learning Poem

The students of today are going to make the machine learning of tomorrow. That said, if they’re anything like we were, the students of today don’t always have the cash on hand to attend industry conferences. We’re here to help.

Today, we’re launching a fun contest to give some of those students a chance to attend our upcoming Train AI conference, free of charge. You can read all about the conference here, but this year’s show is shaping up really well. It’s chock full of some of the world’s leading AI experts giving keynotes, leading panels, and discussing what it takes to make artificial intelligence work in the real world. Tickets are normally $695 but for ten select students, they’ll be free.

All you have to do is write a poem.

So what exactly are the particulars here? They’re pretty simple. All you have to do is write us a machine learning-inspired poem and submit it here. We’ll be awarding ten tickets total and the best submission of the bunch will also receive $500 in Figure Eight credits you can use to label your training data. Since each Train AI attendee also receives $500 for use on the Google Cloud Platform (GCP), your poem could literally fund your entire next research paper in addition to taking you to the conference!

We’ve included some FAQs below about eligibility and other particulars. But first, a little inspiration from our in-house poetry committee:

There once was a model t’was Bayesian
Because frequentist stats it was hazy in
The approach felt quite sound
Til the model ran aground
And asserted Queen Elizabeth was Canadian

(Please note: limericks are not required. Or even preferred.)

Do I have to be a student?
Yes, you must be a current student at a college or university. Winners must have an active university email address.

Do I have to be a Machine Learning student?
No, so long as you use Machine Learning or AI in some way in your research, you are eligible.

Do I have to attend the conference if I win?
Yes, you must be able to attend the conference. All regular attendees will collect their $500 GCP credits at the conference. You will do the same.

Does my poem have to be in English?
No! We welcome poems in any language, or combinations of natural languages, programming languages (no perl) and emojis.

How long can my poem be?
We’d hate to put boundaries on your creative freedom. But we have really short attention spans and short poems are preferred (under 50 words) so that we can share them easily in full on social media.

Who will be the judges?
We’ve assembled a crack team internally that loves both machine learning and the fine arts.

Can I use machine learning to write the poem for me?
Are you coming to the conference, or is your server? You can get whatever help you like, but the poem should be in your name!

When will winners be announced?
We’ll be reviewing submissions as they come in and will start announcing winners on a daily basis this Thursday (April 19th).

Can you remind me how to enter?
Of course! Just fill out this short form and you’ll be good to go!

Happy writing and best of luck!

Robert Munro

Robert Munro

Rob Munro is the CTO of Figure Eight. Rob has worked in many diverse environments, from Sierra Leone, Haiti and the Amazon, to London, Sydney and Silicon Valley, in organizations ranging from startups to the United Nations. He is the author of more than 50 papers, holds a PhD from Stanford University, and is an avid cyclist.