The D Hack, Ask Us Anything with past hackathon winners and practice problems

Kunal Jain 11 Dec, 2015 • 3 min read

Here is a famous quote from John Keats:

Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced

-John Keats

While Keats might have said it in different context (and I don’t know the context), I can surely vouch for it in Data Science. It is to enable this experiential learning that we started doing data hackathons. And I am happy to announce some awesome learning initiatives coming up in next few days (or nights!).


The D Hack


We are ready to kick off the festive season in style – through the D Hack. This is going to be our largest data hackathon ever. D stands for a lot of things – Double the competition, Double the prize money and of course the festive season ahead (Diwali being the biggest Indian festival).

The last hackathon we conducted saw more than 500 registrations. This time we aim to double this number. So, if you haven’t registered for the competition – do it now! A few things to keep in mind:

  • The hackathon will be an awesome learning experience irrespective of whether you are a beginner or a data science champ. There is a lot of take away for every one. Our hackathons are centered around learning experience and people share tips and tricks during the hackathon – so if you are thinking you are not good enough – this is the way to become one of the best!.
  • If you think that it won’t be competitive – think twice n times again! The winner of last hackathon was only 0.04% better than the person who came second – beat that. Here is what the winner had to say:

What an experience it was. Amazing competition. Couldn’t have got any better. I have seen people winning by fractions (3rd or 4th decimals) of seconds in MotoGp, FormulaOne and always wondered what it meant to the participants.

But to win a competition at the 4th decimal was one heck of an experience. Analytics Vidhya Thanks a lot for the competition. Really loved the way you organized it. A weekend well spent

-Phani Srinath, Winner of Data Hackathon 3.X

Now, if you have still not made up your mind, here is what will make the offering irresistable!


Ask Us Anything (AUA) with all our past Hackathon winners


As a way to impart knowledge, all our past winners of hackathons have kindly agreed to do an hour long Ask Us Anything (AUA). Yes, you heard it right – all five winners open to any questions just to help you become better at data science.

What else can you ask for – exciting problem, seriously tough competition with tons of knowledge being imparted. If you let this go – you can’t get it back. So one last chance to register for the D Hack – it’s now or never. The AUA invites would be rolled out to people registered in D Hack first and later for people who have asked for it


Practice problems for everyone

One of the requests, we have got time and again is to have practice problems for people. We will use our hackathon platform to release various practice problems shortly. We will add a new problem every few weeks in coming months – so make sure you check out the platform regularly. Of course, you will get notifications, once you register for a hackathon.


What else would you want?

Honestly, I can’t think of  any place, which provides a better learning opportunity to a data science professional. But, that does not mean we can not improve it further!

Let us know, what other things you would want to accelerate your data science learning and we might create it for you. Do let us know your thoughts through comments below.

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Kunal Jain 11 Dec 2015

Kunal is a post graduate from IIT Bombay in Aerospace Engineering. He has spent more than 10 years in field of Data Science. His work experience ranges from mature markets like UK to a developing market like India. During this period he has lead teams of various sizes and has worked on various tools like SAS, SPSS, Qlikview, R, Python and Matlab.

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