Contestants will compete in teams of two. The two winning teams will each receive €2000.
Each of the four runner up teams will receive €1000.
Fun spot prizes throughout the day ... we won't spoil the surprise except to say ... DRONES! LEGO BATMAN!! We've said too much ...
So what is the DataHack? It's two separate programming competitions on the same day in the same place - a Datathon and a Hackathon. Last year's event saw 63 teams comprising of 126 students from 13 different Universities / Institutes of Technology attend. It was an awesome day and we hope this year will be even better.
Entrants are invited from Irish 3rd Level colleges to enter and attend the Datahack in AIB Bankcentre in Dublin on 12th November 2016
for a fun 12-hour event where they will compete for the great prizes.
Contestants will compete in teams of 2 and must provide their own laptops / kit. Food and refreshments will be provided for all participants throughout the day. (Assuming the AIB Innovation team don't eat it all first, they tried their best last year!)
This year's theme is Energy & Sustainability. Sustainable energy and being more energy efficient are of utmost
importance to the environment, the economy and to AIB and our Customers.
At AIB sustainability has always been top of our agenda - in 2015 AIB won the Green Large Organisation of the Year award, Sustainability Team of the Year in 2016 and are current overall PAKMAN champion.
In our Hackathon challenge, we are asking you to design applications that promote sustainable energy practices. Whether that be promoting energy efficiency in the home, using sensors, calculating prices to save money or utilising open datasets to create interactive maps & tools - or any other great idea you can think of. Helpful datasets can be found in our tutorials section.
Your app can be built on any mobile or web platform - iOS, Android, Windows, React Native etc - and
with any programming language - Swift, Objective-C, Java, HTML, JS, whatever.
We're looking for innovation, creativity and imagination so don't be afraid to dream big! Now is the opportunity to build something that could make a difference.
Check out the info section for tips on app development and on the day our resident engineers will be let out of their cave to help out. Check out the Tutorials page for some helpful info.
In our Datathon challenge, you will be required to use analytical tools and machine learning models to solve an energy related problem. The challenge will not be revealed until the day of the event.
Participants will be required to prepare a dataset for analysis (the raw data for the challenge will be supplied to everyone on USB sticks) and to solve a problem based on this data. The problem has been chosen to be solvable using a large assortment of different analytical techniques, from using only SQL commands to advanced machine learning.
Participants are encouraged to use whatever programming language or analysis program they are most experienced with so teams
are welcome to use R, Python, SQL, Excel, Matlab, Octave, Java , Weka or anything else they think might be useful.
Over the course of the day Data Scientists from the AIB Data Innovation team will be available to help teams
with any problems that might pop up. Don’t worry about annoying us with questions, we'll be there to help!
If you are interested in data analysis, math, programming and winning large cash prizes then the Datathon Challenge might be the challenge for you!
The DataHack is ran by AIB's Data Science and Innovation teams.
Here's some of us that'll be at the DataHack to help you out throughout the day
Knows how to operate a supercomputer. Still doesn’t know how to operate a manual transmission car. Passionate about Sustainability. And cats.
- Cailla O'Shea, Data Scientist
A data and advanced analytics philosopher, Max enjoys building robots and playing with Lego.
- Max Cottica, Head of Data Science & Big Data Solutions
One of the rare coders who can also draw beautiful pictures, Dave is beginning to realise Swift is much better than C# - and is a bit of a Photoshop Ninja
- David Maxwell, Innovation
Andy loves to code - apps, websites, wearables, VR, whatever. He wanted to build an actual Batcave in AIB HQ but was turned down. Or was he ...
- Andy O'Sullivan, Innovation
Kate has a PhD in Mathematical Biology, figuring out how cancer cells move. She's interested in using Data for social good and is an Ambassador for DataKind.
- Dr. Kate Byrne, Data Scientist
Zhengwei has a PhD in Computer Science from DCU. Known around the office as the Machine Learning and Spark expert. Catchphrase: “It’ll be fine”.
- Dr. Zhengwei Qiu , Data Scientist
The DataHack is in AIB's HQ - AIB Bankcentre, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.
You can get the Dart to Lansdowne Road station. Exit the station to the left, take the left at the crossroads onto Shelbourne Road, then left again at next main crosswords, onto Merrion Road. Walk for a couple hundred metres, past the Horseshow House pub and AIB Bankcentre is on your left.
The AIB Bankcentre carpark will be open for participants. Consult your favourite navigation app for exact directions.
If you have any issues or questions just give us a ring or send us an email!
The AIB DataHack consists of two separate competitions, the Datathon Challenge and the Hackathon Challenge.
A. The AIB DataHack (“the AIB DataHack”) IS open to: