Be a part of something big with BigRed//Hacks and Microsoft!

The Data Science Student Challenge is part of a global series of hackathons. These events are designed to ignite a passion for the amazing things made possible by Data Science and to help students develop the skills necessary to harness the power of analytics. A variety of learning resources will be made available. With amazing prizes, workshops, and swag for all participants, it’s a great opportunity to build your skills, meet other top students, have fun and learn. The Data Science Student Challenge is a collaboration between Microsoft and BigRed//Hacks!

We encourage all developers regardless of technical ability or hackathon experience to apply. Admission and food is free for all hackers.

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We are inviting all undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at Cornell's Ithaca Campus to participate in our hackathon. You don't need any past experience. You don't even need to be a computer science major! Our only requirement is that you are attending Cornell University at the Ithaca campus.


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Kit Ho

Judging Criteria

  • Use of Technology, Patterns, and Practices
    How creative or innovative is your idea? How do you train your model? Does the model chosen make sense? Can your model adapt under new sets of data?
  • Model Evaluation
    How did you go about evaluating your model? What technologies did you use? How did you analyze the data? Did you augment the dataset or introduce any new features?
  • Communication of Solution
    How clear is the presentation? Is your goal and methodology clear? How do you choose to communicate your idea (visualizations, demonstrations, summary statistics...)?