2nd Annual Data Science Hackathon


     February 22, 2019 - Register online HERE

Limited lodging is available and can be reserved when registering before the deadline.

*Participants may also register for the competition in person at the event.

DATE: Friday-Saturday, March 1-2, 2019

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 is hosting its 2nd Annual Data Science Hackathon, 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 of undergraduate students solving the data problem presented.  This year the competition is centered around image processing.  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 1, at 5pm, and end Saturday, March 2, at 6pm.
  • Prize amounts for undergraduate (or recent graduates) teams: 1st place - $2000, 2nd place - $1000, 3rd place - $500
  • Note that "recent graduates" includes individuals that recieved a baccelaureate degree within the past year and are not currently enrolled in a graduate program.
  • Teams consisting of graduate students may still compete, and are encouraged to, but are not elligible for the cash prizes.
  • Participants will work with image files to produce predictive models for classifying images.
  • Participants will probably want to have basic familiarity with an image processing library such as PIL(Python Imaging Library) as well as machine learning tools similar to scikit-learn, TensorFlow, etc.
  • 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 1  5:00-6:00pm  Registration, Carroll Auditorium

 Dinner & Competition Kick-off
with presentations from local businesses

 Saturday, March 2  2:00pm  Test Data Set Available
   4:00pm  Deadline for Solution Submission
   4:30-5:30pm  Closing Ceremony


QUESTIONS: Contact Dr. Kristin Kuter at (574) 284-4458 or msinds@saintmarys.edu