Worldwide Data Hackathon!
Be a part of history in the making. Be a part of the first Worldwide Data Hackathon.
Competition task: We will be working on a fine-grained air pollution data set donated by Cook County, Illinois (Chicago area) to improve the predictive accuracy of the Air Quality Index on an hourly basis. See the official announcement.
Please read this update on the local arrangements.
If you'd like to be put into a team, please fill out your details here.
The aim of the hackathon is to promote Data Science and show the world what is possible today combining Data Science with Open Source, Hadoop, Machine Learning, and Data Mining tools.
The Hackathon will run for 24 hours, starting at 9pm Apr, 28th and finishing 9pm Apr, 29th.
Data Scientists, data geeks, and hackers will self-organize into teams of 3-5 members. Teams will be given 24 hours to solve a specific data science problem. A learderboard will be maintained throughout the event. The competition itself will be managed by Kaggle.
The dataset, while large, will be small enough to work with using a laptop.
We'll have local experts giving presentations, running Q&A sessions, and wandering around helping people. Also, we'll join global Q&A sessions via video link with the other cities.
EMC is sponsoring the prize for the global winner of around AUD $2,800 (GBP 1,800).
Melbourne Institute will be sponsoring the first prize of $1,000 for the local winning team. Lift Analytics (my company) will sponsor the second prize of $500, and Huntel Global for third prize with a $200 gift certificate.
Cities currently involved are; San Francisco, Chicargo, NYC, London, Berlin, Melbourne, Sydney, and Canberra.