Posted by Danny TarlowFor all of you who didn't get your algorithms finished in time, and for all of the original competitors who'd like a fresh start, we're pleased to announce this year's "second chance" Sweet 16 contest.
This one will be run a little bit differently. For machines, the rules are all still the same. The difference is that there will now be a pool of human competitors in the mix -- Facebook friends and fans of our sponsor, a knee doctor who likes robots.
The prize pool for the second chance tournament will be $50 and $25 gift certificates for first and second place, respectively, and they will go to the top two entrants, whether they be human or computer.
If you want to participate as a human, you need to add Doctor Tarlow on Facebook and look for his announcement there. For those who wish to enter an algorithm, here are the instructions:
- Send me email at dannytarlow+MarchMadness@gmail.com with your team name, along with a short description of your approach. (If you entered the main competition and haven't significantly changed your algorithm, just send me a mail saying you're in for the Sweet 16.) Also, consider joining the Google group.
- Follow this link, and enter your picks before 7PM EST on Thursday. When entering your bracket name, add "[C]" before your name, to indicate you are a computer entrant: