The Graduate Researchers in Data (GRiD) club at UMass Amherst is hosting our annual Data Science Hackathon! For 2017, we’ll be exploring water contamination datasets, especially as it relates to lead contamination in Flint, MI. This year we’re happy to be co-organizing this event with Nabanita De of Microsoft Student Partner.

The competition is open to all graduate students. Prizes will be given to the winners, generously sponsored by AmherstWorks and Microsoft Student Partner.

Hall of Fame

All of the projects that were presented at Hack2O were interesting enough to give our judges a hard time. The following teams stood out:


When and where

Start: Friday, Feb. 24; 5:30 PM

End: Sunday, Feb. 26, 3:00 PM

Location: LGRT 1634


Please email a PDF of your slides to grid-officers@cns.umass.edu. The teams will be judged on their presentation. We estimate about 10 minutes per team per presentation.

In the spirit of open source, we request that you make your code publicly available (GitHub, BitBucket, etc.), so that others may find it helpful. We will put up the all the links to code that we receive for Hack2O.


At this year’s annual hackathon, we will be exploring water contamination data, especially as it relates to lead contamination in Flint, MI.

Participants will be competing in teams to:




Dr. Krista Gile, Associate Professor of Statistics, UMass Amherst.

Note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Dr. Krista Gile wasn’t able to join us on Sunday. Professor Michael Lavine took her place as a judge.

Hassaan Khan, PhD Candidate, Environmental Engineering and Water Resouces Engineering, UMass Amherst.

Roy Adams, PhD Candidate, College of Information and Computer Sciences, UMass Amherst.

Nabanita De, MSc. Student, College of Information and Computer Sciences, UMass Amherst. Represented the Microsoft Student Partner Group.


Friday, Feb. 24

5:30 PM Arrive to LGRT 1634, settle in, grab some food.
5:45 PM Mythreyi Krishnan from AmherstWorks, introduce prizes.
6:00 PM Nabanita De of Microsoft Student Partners, introduce prize.
6:15 PM Dataset Release! Presentation on Flint, MI by researcher Joe Goodwill.
6:30 PM “Hackathons 101” presentation by Nabanita, followed by Team Formation session.
Midnight Room closes.

Saturday, Feb. 25

8:00 AM LGRT 1634 opens, hacking commences.
8:30 AM Breakfast and coffee.
Noon Lunch.
6:00 PM Dinner.
Midnight Room closes.

Sunday, Feb. 26

8:00 AM LGRT 1634 opens.
8:30 AM Breakfast.
Noon Lunch.
1:00 PM Project presentations.
2:30 PM Judges decision-making.
2:45 PM Winners announced, prize.
3:00 PM Wrap-up.



Previous Hackathons


GRiD acknowledges the support of the following organizations, on-and-off campus, without which Hack2O wouldn’t have taken off.


Additionally, we would like to thank: