How I Survived Data Science London Hackathon. Lessons Learned

So in case you didn’t know on April 28th & 29th we run the Data Science Global Hackathon. Fun!

The event was organised by Data Science London, Data Science Global, and Kaggle. EMC/Greenplum provided software tools including: Greenplum Base, Greenplum Hadoop Distribution, MADlib, and Greenplum PL/R. Amazon AWS provided S3 and EC2 cloud services. The venue provided 100Mbps and 12 super high speed Wi-FI routers, and cable access.

212 data scientists from several cities around the world participated in the competition. The event took place at 8 venues in London, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, New York, Canberra, Melbourne, Turku (Helsinki)

Take a look at the map of participants and cities: Data Science Global Hackathon Map

The event in London was hosted at HubWestminster @hubwestminster; a beautiful, spacious, modern startup hub that has everything you may possibly dream of for a hackathon. We love this place and we’ll be doing more events here (Hello Alice!)

We also had delicious quality meals (lunch/dinner/breakfast), unlimited drinks, coffee, and massive amounts of sugary snacks. The catering was delivered by the beautiful young ladies @munchfood (Hello Naomi!)

At certain point during the long night, Data Science London data scientists decided to donate food to several charities and shelters. It was a nasty, windy, and rainy night in London!

Very importantly the event was fun, fun, fun!

Congratulations to the winners!

SPECIAL MENTION to Ben Hamner who finished Top 1 out of 212 contestants, and who is ineligible for the prize since he’s a Kaggle employee.

Global Prize – £1,800: James Petterson

London Prize £1,200: The Londoners Team (Dan Harvey, Ferenc Huszar, Jedidiah Francis, Jose Miguel Fernandez Lobato)

Check out interviews with the winners and the winning solutions

Checkout what some of our community members have written

Lessons Learned from the Data Science Hackathon by Jonny Edwards

My experience at Data Science Hackathon by Neal Lathia

Incompetence borne out of excessive cleverness by Derek Jones

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