21 February 2020

Women in Data Science Datathon a big success

On the first weekend in February, the Institute of Data Science hosted the 1st Women in Data Science (WiDS) Datathon. WiDS Datathon is a data-focused hackathon which invites students and faculty members from all backgrounds as well as practitioners from industry and government to participate in a global challenge.

During the closing speech of the weekend, all teams were encouraged to continue working on the data challenge and to upload their improved model until the global deadline on 24th February. After this deadline, the organizers will check the model accuracy scores of all Maastricht teams again and determine the local winner of the WiDS Datathon 2020. The prize will be awarded to the winning team at the WiDS conference in Maastricht on March 5th.

We received much positive feedback and appreciation from the participants via emails and feedback forms. They were very enthusiastic about such hackathons being hosted in Maastricht and about making these events open to people of all data science skills levels, and thus also making it a great learning experience for everyone.

We are already looking forward to the WiDS Datathon 2021! If you are interested in joining the organising team, please contact Chang Sun and Hannah Schmitt. If you want to get further events notifications and newsletters from us (IDS), please send an email to: info-ids[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl.