It's that time of year again: March bracket/ predictive analytics season! At Launch, bracket prediction isn't just fun, it's serious business because our data scientists get to test their Advanced Analytics & Machine Learning techniques. For them, it's March Mathness!
Last year, Professor Madness predicted a bracket with zero knowledge of the men's basketball tournament. And he beat Bing Predicts!
Watch him go head to head with a sports fan in the video clip:
Launch is running our annual FREE Pick 8 Pool open to any employees, friends, family, clients and partners. The best bracket wins a $100 gift certificate to Fanatics.com so you can get gear for the team of your choice.
Create your bracket between Sunday March 11 6:30 pm EST and Thursday March 15 9:15 am EST
STEP 1: Go to runyourpool.com/join.cfm
STEP 2: Enter the following info:
Pool ID = 29977
Pool Password = paperairplane
STEP 3: Fill out the form information, including a pool username and password.
STEP 4: Complete your Pick 8 Pool choices and submit.
STEP 5: Engage in some smack talk on the message board and check the leaderboard often!
Free-throw percentage? Road record? Snazzy uniforms?
How do you make your picks? Let us know your method in the Message Board!
March 11 (Sun): Selection Show at 6:00 p.m. ET, after which the picksheet opens.
March 13 & 14 (Tue & Wed): First Four, Play-in Games (Not included in pool)
March 15 (Thu) at 12:15 PM ET Your Pool's Pick Deadline
March 15 & 16 (Thu & Fri): First Round
March 17 & 18 (Sat & Sun): Second Round
March 22 & 23 (Thu & Fri): Sweet Sixteen
March 24 & 25 (Sat & Sun): Elite Eight
March 31 (Sat): Final Four
April 2 (Mon): Championship Game