Past Meetup

Busara data hackathon: Predicting depression in rural Kenya

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Busara Center

5th Floor, Daykio Plaza, Lane, Ngong Ln · Nairobi

How to find us

If coming from Prestige towards Junction, take the first lane on your left (where the large Double Tree sign is), then turn left again and take the first right into Daykio Plaza - the name is on the building. Busara is on the 5th floor.

Location image of event venue

What we'll do

On Saturday, November 17th, the Busara center for Behavioral Economics invites you to our first annual year-end data science hackathon

For our inaugural challenge, teams will have opportunity to compete for Ksh 50,000 in prize money by solving a straightforward prediction problem based on our of our research projects.

**The Challenge**

In 2016, the World Health Organization estimated that 1.3 million Kenyans suffered from major depressive disorder (MDD), popularly known as depression. However, with only 1 certified psychiatrist per 500,000 people, according to the Africa Mental Health Foundation, resources to treat this population are scarce. This problem is compounded by widespread stigma and misperceptions about mental health issues. Across the continent, the picture is similarly bleak: sub-Saharan Africa is the region with the highest prevalence of untreated depression, according to the Global Burden of Disease project.

Might data science be able to help address this issue? If at-risk individuals could be better targeted, perhaps Africa's scarce resources could go a lot further. On November 17th, we aim to find out. Participants will be challenged to create models that predict depression from demographic, social and economic data using a unique data set collected by the Busara Center.

We are hosting this event in partnership with Zindi Africa, AI Kenya and the Kenya chapter of Women in Data Science. The challenge will be released on the Zindi portal on the day of the event.

**Who can attend?**
This event is for hobbyists, programmers and learners in data science and machine learning. It will help if you have some familiarity with R or Python. Bring your own laptop!

**The program is as follows:**

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM : Registration and Coffee / Tea

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM : Welcome from Busara and Partners
Daniel Mellow, Busara Center for Behavioral Economics
Alfred Ongere, AI Kenya
Muthoni Wanyoike, Women in Data Science and Machine Learning

9:30AM - 10:00AM: Presentation by Emily Mbelegna
10:00AM - 10:30AM : Presentation by Jon Lenchner

10:30AM - 11:00AM : Break for Tea

11:00AM: CHALLENGE ANNOUNCED

11:00AM - 5:30PM : Teams work on challenge.
A light lunch will be served at approximately 1:30 PM.

5:30PM - 6:00PM : Winners announced and closing remarks.

**Prizes**
Busara is offering KSh 50,000 in prize money to competing teams:
1st place - 20,000
2nd - 10,000
3rd - 7,500
4th - 5,000
5th - 2,500

We look forward to seeing you all there!