Melbourne Datathon 2019, 14th August - 29th November
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Melbourne Datathon 2019
14th Aug - 29th  Nov 2019
Get Involved
Come and Participate
Novice to Experts
Cash Prizes ($$$)
62Days
10Hours
36Mins
10Secs

Why

  • To learn from each other and cross pollinate skill sets
  • To give data scientists the opportunity to prove their skills
  • To provide a stage for potential employers and employees to meet
  • To create a buzz in Melbourne around Data Science and reverse the brain drain
  • To solve a real world problems
  • To have fun!

How it works

In brief…

  • No need to officially ‘register
  • The data will be available for download on Thu 15th August
  • The download link will be posted here
  • An overview of the tasks will be be included with the data download
  • Attend the optional hackday on Sat 17th August at RMIT where you can find team mates
  • At the hackday there will be a couple of presentations about the tasks 
  • Continue working with your team on the task and submit your solution by 11pm on Thursday 21st November
  • Top teams will be pre-selected to present and the winners determined at the finals event on Friday 29th November

And…

  • The datathon is free to participate in
  • Catering will be provided on the hackday (but feel free to bring your own)
  • Attending the hackday is NOT compulsory
  • We may have a further hackday midway though
  • You are free to use your own tools to perform the analysis
  • Over 100 competitors have found internships or full time positions as a direct result of the datathon, so this is an ideal opportunity to impress

What’s New…

  • The event is pretty long this year (14 weeks) to fit in with the university semester as some courses are using it for course credits
  • There will be 2 completely different data sets
  • There will be a Data2App challenge as introduced last year and a more numerical ‘Kaggle style’ challenge (but a bit different)
  • The winners will be crowned and given a title determined by you
  • The event is open to anyone regardless of geography, so we encourage those from interstate to get involved

What’s Old…

  • No separate student only prizes this year (we don’t think you need it!)
  • No NDA to sign this year – you can do as you please with the data
  • No USB data transfer – all data can be downloaded
  • This year we are giving the ‘tell us a story about the data and pitch to us’ category a rest
  • No Mailchimp mailing list to keep you informed this year, see the section ‘keeping in touch…’ below
  • Still not convinced? See how much fun we’ve had in previous years.

Keeping in touch…

  • There is a ‘latest news‘ menu at the top of this web page
  • RSVP on Meetup for the registration ‘event’ (its not an actual event so ignore the date). We will be using this list to send update emails through meetup
  • There is a Data Science group on Telegram. We will be posting messages now and again to this group (for instance to let you know when the pizza has arrived on the hackday). This is also a good place to find teammates and ask questions
  • We’ve created a dedicated datathon forum where you can also ask questions
  • Everything you need to know should be ‘findable’ somewhere – if you have a question please search and ask around before directly contacting the organisers. We won’t be answering any questions where the answers are out there and you just haven’t read things!

Other Stuff…

  • There will be photography and video recording at the events – only participate if you have no objection
  • This is your work, so you you can do what you like with it after the event. Anything submitted though might be made public for others to see
  • Don’t forget to bring your laptop and charger if attending the hackday

WHEN

Day 1
14 Aug 2019

Evening Launch

The RMIT Media Portal is on street level. We’re kicking off the Melbourne Datathon on Wednesday 14th August What we will do is have a bit of a social so those looking to form a team can find team mates. We’ll also have presentations introducing this years data and challenges (these will be repeated on the hackday). Note the data will not be made available until Thursday 15th and will be posted online, so no need to bring your laptop. Feel free to come and say hello from 5pm but we won’t start the presentations until about 6:15
Day 2
17 Aug 2019

First Saturday – Hack Day I

On Saturday, we will provide everything you need to work on your data: food, drinks and a co-working space. If you are looking to join a team, this is a great opportunity to ask around and/or attend our special team formation event. Please note wi-fi may not be available, so make sure you have downloaded the data and have all the tools you may want to use already installed. There is a schedule for the day below.
Day 3
21 Nov 2019

Submission Deadline

The deadline is 11pm, Thu 21st November. Details on how to submit your solutions will be made available nearer the time.
Day 4
29 Nov 2019

Presentation Evening

The big winners cheques will be handed out !!!

Hackday Detailed Schedule

Saturday 17th Aug - RMIT, 445 Swanston St
Morning
09:30+Arrival
Welcome to the 2019 Melbourne Datathon hackday @ RMIT Building 80

Some key info:
We have been allocated the following rooms. The room number syntax is building.level.room [capacity]

Level 2 (this is street level from Swanston St)
080.02.003 [60]

Level 3 (up the escalator from street level) Lunch and team forming will take place here.
080.03.006 [60]
080.03.015 [90]

Overflow rooms
080.06.005 [120]
080.07.009 [48]
080.08.010 [60],
080.09.006 [48]

The presentations will take place in the big lecture theatre accessible from levels 2 & 3 (080.02.007)

WI-FI
network = RMIT-Guest
event code = 297062
11:00Team forming
If you are looking for team mates then congregate in the foyer on level 3. There will be lots of others in the same situation.
11:45-12:15Presentation: Overview of the data2app challenge
We'll go through the details of what this challenge is all about and run through some code to get you started
This will be in the big lecture theatre accessible from level 2 & 3.
12:30Lunch
If you are fed up of pizza then please bring your own snacks!
Afternoon
- 4:30feel free to stay and work with your teams

Prizes

  • Fun, learning new things and meeting new people – every one is a winner !
  • The overall winners in each category will be bestowed a title to be determined by popular vote 
  • There will be a minimum total prize pool of $10k. The maximum won’t be revealed until the presentation evening.
  • ANZ will be offering internships to the winners of the ‘Data2App‘ category (last year it was more than 10)
  • For the numerical challenge, if the winners beat the benchmark solution then a potentially lucrative offer will be made

Confirmed companies also looking for interns/employees from the datathon entrants include;

  • KPMG
  • ANZ

In order to be considered, you will need to be an individual or part of a team that has made a submission. Prepare your CV – details of how to submit it will be given closer to the time.

Get your company involved…

If you are a company and would like the opportunity to take on participants of the datathon as interns, or help sponsor the prizes them please fill out the form here. There will be a few corporate teams taking part, so get your colleagues together and come and have some fun.

FAQ

  • What is a Datathon?
    You are given some data and have to use your data science skills to deliver a solution to the problem being posed.
  • What is the data?
    This will not be revealed until it is released. This year there are two separate data sets with two different problems to solve.
  • Do I need to be to be a data science rock star to enter?
    No, this is all about learning and knowledge transfer. Even if you’ve never done anything like this before, please come along and join a team.
  • What do I need to bring?
    You will need your laptop with your favourite tools installed. Bring lots of curiosity and energy. Don’t forget your power cord!
  • What software can I use?
    You can use whatever you like.
  • Do I need to already have a team?
    There are many individuals looking for team mates so we have set up a Telegram group to put you all in touch. Don’t worry if you don’t know anyone; lots of people won’t.
  • What is the maximum team size?
    There is no maximum or minimum
  • Do we need to register?
    No. Your submission is the first we’ll hear from you!
  • Can I enter both challenges?
    Yes
  • What if I need help?
    There will be a handful of very experienced ‘mentors’ floating around the room on hack day. The purpose of them being there is to give ‘training’ on tools and techniques to munge the data – please use them.
  • How ‘big’ is the data?
    This year it is quite manageable and your laptop should suffice.
  • Can we use additional data?
    Totally – but it has to be publicly available.
  • What are the rules?
    Each participant can only be part of one team for each challenge. At least one team member should be present at the presentation event to be eligible for a prize. You can be in different teams for each challenge or just enter as an individual.
  • How do I apply for an internship?
    You need to have made a submission to be eligible. Get your CV ready and we’ll provide further instructions in due course.
  • How do we submit our entries?
    Instructions will be provided in due course
  • The event has already started, can I still participate?
    Yes, this is a long event so still lots of time left
  • Do we need to register teams?
    No. Your final submission is your registration!
  • I’m new to datathons – can you tell me what I need to do?
    Yes – read the instructions here.

WHERE

Launch – RMIT Media Portal, Building 14, 414-118 Swanston St (& Franklin St) 
(ground level)

Hackday – SAB, RMIT Building 80, 445 Swanston St.

Finals event – KPMG, 727 Collins St.

 

The Judging Panel

These are the people you need to impress

Judge 1

Judge 2

Judge 3

Judge 4

Sponsors

Extreme Gradient Boosters

Special thanks to the following organisations for providing significant support for this event…

Logistic Regressors

Our Hosts…



Bayesian Believers

We appreciate all the others who continue to support Data Science Melbourne  throughout the year.



All Help Appreciated

If you are a company and would like the opportunity to take on participants of the datathon as interns, or help support the meetup group them please fill out the form here.

Organisers

Phil Brierley and the Data Science Melbourne meetup group