In line with the core vision of Cornell's newly developed campus in NYC, this event is directly applicable to the new age of data and aims to help students understand the career paths created by it. The event further challenges you to develop solutions in an intensive, limited time frame, while working with a team of students outside your own major. This highly in demand skill set is applicable to companies in almost all domains of life. Throughout the event, mentors from industry and faculty will coach you. At the conclusion of the hackathon on Sunday, teams will demo their proposed solutions to an audience comprised of students, faculty, staff, alumni, mentors, and judges, both physically present and through live streaming. While the event is a competition, it is also a 'coopetition' and encourages collaboration among all teams.
Why Data Science?
Because it has not been done before (at least not on the east coast and not by a university)! Data science hackathons are new for both working professionals and university students. Many major industries are riding on a new wave of opportunity as collecting data and computation is becoming cheaper and more efficient. A decade ago, only major companies invested in data science. Now, almost all companies are collecting more and more data, but struggling to monetize it efficiently in decision making. There is a huge demand for qualified data scientists.
What is Data Science?
Deriving meaning from data by understanding how it fits into the larger picture of an organization. Think of business analytics that utilize CS, modeling, statistics, analytics, and mathematics. By 2020 the world will generate 50x the amount of information compared to 2011 [EMC.com]. The U.S. could face a shortage of up to 190,000 professionals with data science skills by 2018 [McKinsey Global Institute]. Business, healthcare, and urban living will all benefit from problems analyzed using data science.
If you would like to participate in the hackathon, feel free to check out some resources and start hacking.
Three Verticals to Compete In
~$5K in cash & prizes will be awarded