As I write this, we've just kicked off the 2nd and final day of the Big Data Insights hackathon. We have 10 teams busily hacking away trying to find insights into datasets that we delivered to them yesterday morning. We waited until the hackathon kickoff yesterday to release the datasets, but delivered the code books a little more than a week in advance to allow teams time to prepare and decide which sets they wanted to explore.
Datasets provided included publicly available (but thoroughly scrubbed, thanks to mentor Jayson Webb) bike share data, flight data, Toyota customer complaints, mobile usage, and scrubbed and anonymized sales data.
@chekiesco feeling confident about Team Xnipec's entry
With 4 more hours to go before code freeze, the hackathon room is a frenzy of activity. Teams have delivered their elevator pitches to the mentors, are busy doing some final coding and analysis.
Hackathons are a great way to expand your network. We were glad to be able to finally introduce the two Brian MacDonalds, whose paths in the Big Data and BI worlds have crossed for years.
Introducing the OTHER Brian MacDonald
Big Data Insights Mentors
Stay tuned for the next update with details on the entries and insights the teams come up with. In the meantime, here's wishing the teams the luck of the Irish!
Mentor George Hackman @easygeorge123 getting into the spirit of the day