At this year’s annual hackathon, we will be exploring water contamination data, especially as it relates to lead contamination in Flint, MI. We will have additional data for waterborne disease outbreaks and other water-related health statistics.
Participants will be competing in teams to:
design a project question
import and analyse data
build a model to answer their project question
use data visualization to explain their results
present to a panel of judges and peers.
The dataset, along with detailed instructions, will be released together with the hackathon kick-off.
Friday, Feb. 24
Saturday, Feb. 25
Sunday, Feb. 26
Are teams outside UMass allowed?
ALL teams are welcome, although we are focused primarily on graduate students from the Five Colleges. Unfortunately, at this time, we cannot provide accomodations or travel reimbursements for out-of-town teams. We apologise for the inconvenience.
How large can teams be?
We expect teams of maximum size 3.
Are we expected to stick around all day?
The hackathon space is available for the entire weekend, along with organizers being present for technical support. It is totally fine to get hacking from home or wherever - just turn up in person for the final decisions on Sunday.
There will be food, right?
Meals will be provided throughout the weekend, including dinner on Friday, breakfast/lunch/dinner on Saturday, and breakfast/lunch on Sunday.
What if I am just starting out with data science or hackathons?
Registration is open to any graduate student from the Five Colleges, regardless of experience with data science. Undergraduates may compete by invitation (please mail us if you have doubts).