Data Science Hackathon


     February 23, 2018 - Register online HERE

Campus housing is available and can be reserved when registering.

*Participants may also register in person at the event.

DATE: Friday-Saturday, March 2-3, 2018

WHAT IS A HACKATHON ? A Hackathon is an event, typically presented as a competition to solve a posed problem, where the participants work together in teams over a short period of time, typically 24 hours.  According to Hackathons Anonymous, "Hackathons provide a venue for self-expression and creativity through technology.  People with technical backgrounds come together, form teams around a problem or idea, and collaboratively code a unique solution from scratch."

The word "hackathon" is a portmanteau of the words "hack" and "marathon", where "hack" is used in the sense of exploratory programming, not its alternate meaning as a reference to computer crime. - Wikipedia

THE COMPETITION:  Saint Mary's College will be hosting a competition for teams of college students (or recent graduates).  Note that teams may not exceed 4 members.  Cash* prizes will be awarded to the top teams solving the real-world data problem presented.  The competition is centered around a data set provided by Press Ganey.  This is a great opportunity to try solving data science problems while learning more about the field and the myriad opportunities for a data scientist.

*This event and cash prizes sponsored by a grant from the Lilly Endowment.


  • The competition will begin Friday, March 2, at 5pm, and end Saturday, March 3, at 6pm.
  • Prize amounts: 1st place - $2000, 2nd place - $1000, 3rd place - $500
  • Participants will work with text files to produce predictive models for classifying comment data from healthcare surveys.
  • Winners will be determined by the accuracy of predictions made on a test data set.
  • Competition Rules

PROGRAM & TIMES (in Eastern Standard Time): 

 Friday, March 2  5:00-6:00pm  Registration, Science Hall 105
   6:00-7:00pm  Dinner & Competition Kick-off
 Saturday, March 3  2:00pm  Test Data Set Available
   4:00pm  Deadline for Solution Submission
   4:30-5:00pm  Closing Ceremony


QUESTIONS: Contact Dr. Kristin Kuter at (574) 284-4458 or