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Student Data HACKATHON 2017

Our second annual Hackathon aims to inspire young people in the community to become tomorrow’s data analysts; a skill set that is in high demand by Biocom’s members. This year’s theme, Hackathon Heroes, encourages participants to use real data to ignite actionable change in the community by exploring data about our region’s schools. Hackers will search for trends and draw insights to shed light on the “health” of the education system in San Diego County.


Data is everywhere. And when used correctly, data can be “hacked” to reveal important trends, patterns, and conclusions that have the potential to better shape the health and future of our community. Data analytics play an increasingly large role in the operations of Biocom’s member companies, who are creating more jobs every year in this field but struggle to find qualified candidates to fill them.

This year’s Biocom Institute Student Data Hackathon will convene student hackers to analyze a large data set compiled by the Voice of San Diego for their fall 2017 Parents Guide to Schools. The data set includes information about the 700 public schools in San Diego County.  The goal is to identify insights that can lead to better decisions, better use of resources, and more equality of opportunity for students.

Attendees will compete for cash prizes and internships and leave with valuable experience using real-world data that is sure to inspire actionable results for our schools while also exposing students to opportunities for careers in various data professions. The San Diego Workforce Partnership is partnering to help elevate opportunities for data heroes, including internships and career pathway.

Kickoff / September 30: Inclusive of a career panel and networking time, attendees will participate in a brief orientation where they will receive their data set, competition rules, their challenge, and be given the opportunity to form teams should they choose to do so. Kickoff will also include a career panel where attendees will hear from experts in a variety of data science professions.

Students with varying skill levels will have an opportunity to compete and by choosing questions at three levels of difficulty:
1. Descriptive Statistics
2. Correlational
3. Predictive Analytics

Must be present at the awards ceremony to win.  Prizes consist of cash awards and internships, see the Hackathon rules for more details.  Register to compete or attend here.

Hackathon: Hackers will work for one full week to plan, strategize, and hack their way to a solution to the challenge they choose.

Awards Ceremony / October 12: Judges, who will represent Biocom members as well as education data experts, will select winners and reveal their choices at Biocom Institute’s Life Science Workforce Symposium.  Separate registration for this event will open on September 30th.

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