Today, February 21, 2015 is Open Data Day.
What is it?
Around the globe, cities are hosting hackathons centered around open data. The rules are fairly open-ended as long as the event is open and uses open data.
Who is it for?
If you want to get involved, check the list of City’s hosting Open Data Day events.
If you are looking for some good datasets to use: try Data Sources for Cool Data Science Projects: Part 1 and Part 2.
The Data Science Association in conjunction with Big Data Denver is hosting an online global data hackathon. The hackathon is title: HackSki.
Create the best mobile phone app and/or website free to the public providing the best possible route/time decision to get to the ski slopes.
- When – February 21 – 28, 2015
- Where – Anywhere, it is virtual
- Why – Because you love data science and competition (and possibly skiing)
- Cost – Free
Prizes will be Awarded
- $10,000 – First Place
- $4,000 – Second Place
- $2,000 – Third Place
Also, the event is still accepting more sponsors. If your company or organization would like to sponsor the hackathon, please fill out the registration form for sponsorship.
It seems that competitions and meetups for hacking data are all over the place. Coding challenges have been around for a long time. Recently, it appears that data is being thrown into the mix. I think the idea is great. Instead of just hacking some app, why not hack with some data that might help people?
GitHub just concluded with the GitHub Data Challenge. Also, the World’s first ever global data science hackathon occurred last month. The Silicon Prairie has even hosted a couple data-centric hackathons. The Omaha World Herald newspaper organized Hack Omaha to turn government data into something useful. Open Iowa also did a very similar thing for developers, designer, and data-junkies in the Des Moines area. I did not personally attend either of these events, but I was surprised to see these similar types of events occurring in the midwest.
DataKind is busy organizing data dives all over the country, and Kaggle is currently organizing data science competitions for anyone regardless of location. By the way, Kaggle has become one of my favorite sites, and I will be blogging soon about how to quickly get involved.
Anyhow, it appears hackathons with data are here to stay. What data hackathons or competitions do you know about? Are you planning to attend?
What is being hyped as the First Global Data Hackathon is scheduled for April 28-29, 2012. The event is being organized by Data Science London.
BoostTurku in Finland is organising a group for the Hackathon event. See the website at Datathon.