Hacking Big Data and Open Data in San Diego

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Date(s) - 02/18/2017
All Day

San Diego State University


February 18 will see the first round of the Big Data Hackathon/San Diego. Your challenge is to create an app, platform, and/or technology that can tie into the public health theme using datasets provided via the hackathon’s special GitHub site.

Bring your ingenuity, creativity, imagination, a laptop and a charger! Anyone is welcome to participate.
Students, engineers, developers, programmers, journalists, scientists, public officials, and community members are just a few people who may find this big data event of interest. Consider attending if you have:

  • Journalistic, creative or innovative ideas
  • Business or marketing savvy
  • Data sense or math/statistics concepts
  • Public health domain knowledge
  • Computational Linguistics or Digital Humanities skills
  • Mapping or programming skills

No need to have all the skills, since teamwork is one of the hallmarks of a hackathon. Plus organizers will help you to find team members during the first day. (There’s also a role if you just want to be a volunteer.) Teams will also have access to lots of free and open San Diego datasets! The event is free, and food and beverages will be provided. Teams will have an opportunity to win awards, and cash prizes, for the best overall project.

The hackathon has been organized by:

Food and beverages will be provided as courtesy

Judges are four professors at San Diego State University: Amy Schmitz Weiss, associate professor of journalism and media studies; Roger Whitney, professor of computer science; Atsushi Nara, assistant professor of geography; and Adam Hammond, assistant professor of English and comparative literature. Projects will be judged based on quality of the idea, innovativeness/creativeness, practicality/readiness; technical difficulty, and quality of the presentation.
For more information, or to register, click here.

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