I have just been alerted of the event below, well worth attending for any public service and data types. And there are prizes!
Are You a Smart Data Scientist? Participate in this Hackful Event. 24 Hours of Non-Stop, Fun Data Science Competition.
The aim of the hackathon is to promote Data Science and show the world what is possible today combining Data Science with Open Source, Hadoop, Machine Learning, and Data Mining tools.
In addition, the event’s aim is also to promote the sense of community, team work, and free spirit competition for the sake of Data Science.
Who: Hackers, computer scientists, programmers, mathematicians, statisticians, econometricians, data miners, YOU!
What: Use your smarts to compete against teams from around the world and win the title of “Global Data Science Hackathon Winner 2012” as well as some great prizes!
When: The venue opens from 8.30 pm on Saturday 28 April, and the competition kicks off at 10pm Canberra time on Saturday 28 April. You then have 24 hours to hack the data and win! Throughout the competition, there will be a live leaderboard (the competition is hosted by kaggle.com)
Where: Register for the Canberra event http://meetup.com/DSCanberra/events/57837482/ (nb registration is required but free!)
Why: For fun – a chance to test your skills against the best and participate in a global event.
How: Register on the address above and get your laptop ready for some serious data science hacking!
We will provide the venue and internet access. You bring a laptop and your data science hacking smarts! During the competition, we will be running venue based mini-events, talks and competitions. And we will have a video-hookup with other venues around the world.