A group of university EAs are planning a forecasting tournament. We would love to hear recommendations and comments from the community at large.
In the spirit of fostering community and becoming better forecasters, UChicago Effective Altruism is hosting a forecasting tournament between all interested EA college groups starting October 12th, 2020. We already have 10+ schools signed up to participate, and we’re super excited to run the tournament! In addition to making sure this year’s tournament is run well, we have an ambition to turn this into an annual tournament; in order to set a good base for the coming years, we wanted to reach out to the community. We’ve written some questions/comments below.
To university students:
We’d love to have you join us! If you’re interested, here is a document that describes the event in greater detail, and here is a google form that you should use to indicate your school’s interest in the event. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To event organizers and more invested well-wishers:
What do you think are the existential risks of this tournament, and how should we insure against them? What do you think are creative ideas we could implement that would make the tournament exceptional (e.g. prize ideas for winning teams, speakers to call for weekly debriefs with the university groups, or norms to implement should this successfully become an annual tournament)? Is there anything else you’d like to comment on? We’d love to hear your thoughts.
To everyone else:
If you would like to submit prediction questions for the teams to work on during the tournament, use this form. Our coordinators team is curating the questions with some outside support, and the more questions we have to choose from, the better. We especially like questions that are creative, interesting to university students, and which have the ability to be repeated for future years. If you’re interested in what we’re doing and want to keep up with it, we’re planning on writing another forum post with our reflections at the midpoint of the tournament, so stay tuned!
Thanks for reading. In particular, we’d like to thank Catherine Low at CEA and Ozzie Gooen at FHI for being super helpful in the planning of this tournament so far. We appreciate all the help, and we look forward to reading your responses.
The Coordinating Team