Our Data Wizards Make it to the Global Datathon Finals Yet Again!
By Aditi Bhat
The International Global Datathon held by the Data Science Society, Sofia, Bulgaria has yet again proved to be a medal goldmine for Manipal ProLearn’s data science students.
Last year, two teams from our PG Diploma in Data Science made it to the finals on their debut to impress the international data science community and established Manipal as a force to reckon with. This time’s Manipal teams broke their own record by registering three entries into a nail-biting final round. The three teams were The Minions, Team Spectrum and 5blindscientists.
The weekend-long online event took place on 28th of September, with over 150 data enthusiast deep diving into an ocean of data to fish out industry-relevant insights. Of all 35 international teams that participated, 9 teams comprising of 42 students were from Manipal ProLearn, the national host for the datathon in India.
48 hours, but a lifetime of learning!
The datathon essentially challenged the students to work on real-world business cases in IoT, FinTech and Retail by employing their skills in machine learning, AI and data science.
Each team had to select any 1 out of 5 case studies given by DSS and provide an optimum solution to the business problem through Exploratory Data Analysis and Time-series Model Building.
Demonstrating their unconditional love for data, our students studied the datasets hoping to find their game-winning eureka moments. The 48-hour marathon witnessed students working and camping at their workstations without any breaks.
Reproaching learning and making it fun
Hackathons work as a handy learning toolbox for students by allowing them to think outside the box. In a game-like scenario, it’s easy for students to step out of their comfort zone and hack the limits set against their creative thinking.
“Manipal ProLearn aims to fine-tune the skillsets of its data science students so they meet the industry demands from day one.”
The conventional ways of learning may not apply to fast-evolving fields like data science. So at Manipal, we always encourage our students to expand their knowledge horizons by actively participating in hackathons held around the world. This year Manipal ProLearn co-hosted the datathon with Data Science Society, Bulgaria to propel our learning-by-experience ideology across budding data science professionals in Bengaluru.
Working in a time-bound condition within a team improves collaboration and problem-solving abilities. The students also received real-time mentoring by data science gurus from the industry to discover data patterns and correlations that helped them inch closer to finding novel solutions.
The teams were ultimately judged on their ability to find more precise and creative solutions.
The young guns of data science!
The current batch of participating students was inducted recently, yet they refused to be labelled as data science rookies. They showed tremendous potential in quickly grasping advanced topics needed for competing at a global skill testing competition!
Taking the pole position
Effortlessly steering through the elimination rounds, 9 Manipal ProLearn teams qualified for the semi-finals out of 20 teams that made it this far.
Déjà vu moment at the podium
Team ‘The Minions’ directly competed against teams from Sofia University, California, USA and other countries to win their place in the finals along with Team Spectrum and 5blindscientists. The final line up consisted of 3 Manipal ProLearn teams and 3 more teams from other countries.
In what looked like a decision that could go towards any of the finalist teams, all the three teams from Manipal faired as runners-up. It was a déjà vu moment for Manipal ProLearn as our students repeated the history they created last year.
Other ProLearn teams like team Data Titans and Data Wildings were praised by the jury and industry experts for their noteworthy performance.
On 5th October, 2018, we further conducted a short felicitation ceremony to encourage our students in the presence of Hon’ble Director, Dr Ramesh Babu, Head of Programs – Chandrika B, Faculty – Dr Pal, Mallikarjuna Sir, Divya K, and members of the Academic Ops team.
We congratulate all the teams for making us proud and wish them the best for their future!