Data Science Hackathon
DEADLINE & REGISTRATION:
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|
QUESTIONS: Contact Dr. Kristin Kuter at (574) 284-4458 or firstname.lastname@example.org