WSDM Cup 2022 is a machine learning competition-style event co-located with the leading WSDM (Web Search and Data Mining) conference.  The conference has high visibility and is regularly attended by experts in the field.  

We are currently looking for competition tasks for the event.  Competition tasks regularly draw 100-200 teams of experts who dedicate their time to working on and achieving the best results on your task, if selected.  This is an excellent opportunity to solicit expert feedback and brainpower towards solving your problems, identifying strong intern and full-time candidates, and building improved collaborations with your organization and academia.  Typically, competition tasks are hosted on public competition platforms (e.g. Kaggle, Biendata), offering a clear specification of objective, a dataset (can be anonymized and de-identified appropriately), and a small reward for top-3 winning teams (typically $5-10K total, split across winners).  

Past tasks have come from partners like Microsoft, Wikimedia, Adobe, ByteDance, Spotify, Baidu and more, on tasks as diverse as fake news classification, user retention prediction, music recommendation, vandalism detection, and knowledge-base completion, and winning teams have received excellent results across the board.  You can find previous task specifications, and associated results below for inspiration: 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020.  If you have an idea for such a task, we encourage your submission of a task specification. Please email with the following (brief) details, by August 10, 2021.

  • Sponsor Name: (company, university, etc.)
  • Task Description: (short description of your task, how solving it benefits practical problems, etc.)
  • Dataset Description: (short description of the dataset, including type and size of data, as well as any target labels) 
  • Evaluation Metric: (what metric(s) do you intend to use to evaluate competitor performance?)
  • Prizes: (which prizes do you intend to allocate, and on what basis/conditions from the competitors?)

We are happy to work with you on identifying and narrowing task specifications from an ideation phase.  We expect competitions to run from mid-October to January, with the final results settled and the physical WSDM Cup event held around February 21-25, in conjunction with the conference. Please see below for a tentative timeline:

EventCompletion Date
Proposal Submission DueAugust 10, 2021
Selected Sponsors FinalizedAugust 20, 2021
Sponsors Set Up TasksAugust 20 – October 15, 2021
Task Competitions StartOctober 15, 2021
Task Competitions EndJanuary 24, 2022
Winner Reports SubmittedFebruary 15, 2022
WSDM Cup’22 Conference EventFebruary 21-25, 2022