Alibaba Cloud, the data intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, launched a contest to increase awareness around cloud intelligence and how it can be applied to sport by even novice users. The contest runs from the 10th of September to the 11th of October and is open to contestants who have completed the basic course on Alibaba Cloud Academy.
Globally, the sports analytics market is set to grow to USD4.5 billion in revenue at a CAGR of 43.5 percent by 2024. In the sport of cricket, broadcasters have been using analytics to better engage with audiences and teams, while club managers have been employing analytics to improve player performance, recovery, and nutrition.
Through the Cricket, Wickets and Analytics challenge, fans and technology enthusiasts can get closer to understanding how cricket is played through analysing sports data patterns. After completing the basic course on Alibaba Cloud Academy, which will expose users to analysis tools, participants will be given a data set of over 1400 international cricket matches along with an evaluation, that asks them to manipulate the data in ways that produce compelling results. Outstanding participants will be interviewed on their research, and further publicised on Alibaba Cloud Academy’s website and social portals. They will also be awarded with certificates and trophies.
“Alibaba Cloud is committed to nurturing young talents in cloud computing and artificial intelligence. We have very strong technical knowledge and we want to pass on our knowledge to help grow a talent pool in cloud technology,” said Alex Li, Alibaba Cloud General Manager for South Asia. “We will continue to train talent through various channels, and build up an ecosystem with artificial intelligence that can bring greater good for society.”
Alibaba Cloud Academy runs more than 130 courses globally online and offline in nine languages. They cover hot topics including elastic computing, storage, database, networking, big data, cloud security and offer students practical solutions in real life scenarios, such as how to design discount coupon effectively using algorithms.
Alibaba Cloud is the largest public cloud provider in Asia Pacific, and one of the top three providers worldwide, according to Gartner.