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Eurostat is organising the third round of the European Big Data Hackathon from 26 February – 5 March 2021 as a fully virtual event. The purpose of this year’s edition of the hackathon is to foster expertise in using Big Data sources while producing innovative ideas for products and tools in the domain of international trade networks in support of the European Commission policy DGs. 

Eurostat is providing several data sets, including “balanced global trade in goods” and COMEXT, which should be combined and analysed applying network functionality.

The European Big Data Hackathon is organised by the European Commission (Eurostat) and gathers teams from all over Europe to compete for a statistical challenge. The teams develop innovative approaches, applications and data products combining official statistics and big data that can inform policy makers in pressing policy questions facing Europe.

Please, address any further question regarding logistics and procedures of the hackathon to our functional mailbox: ESTAT-EU-BD-HACKATHON@ec.europa.eu

European Big Data Hackathon 2021

Eurostat is organising the third round of the European Big Data Hackathon from 26 February – 5 March 2021 as a fully virtual event. The purpose of this year’s edition of the hackathon is to foster expertise in using Big Data sources while producing innovative ideas for products and tools in the domain of international trade networks in support of the European Commission policy DGs. 

Eurostat is providing several data sets, including “balanced global trade in goods” and COMEXT, which should be combined and analysed applying network functionality.

The European Big Data Hackathon is organised by the European Commission (Eurostat) and gathers teams from all over Europe to compete for a statistical challenge. The teams develop innovative approaches, applications and data products combining official statistics and big data that can inform policy makers in pressing policy questions facing Europe.

Please, address any further question regarding logistics and procedures of the hackathon to our functional mailbox: ESTAT-EU-BD-HACKATHON@ec.europa.eu

Dates

The Hackathon will take off on 26 February 2021 with the announcement of the challenge and will terminate on 5 March 2021 when the teams present their solutions. The winners will be awarded at the first day of the NTTS 2021, where they have the opportunity to present their solutions more in detail. 

Participation in the Hackathon

22 teams of three members from National Statistical Institutes and universities participating in the EMOS network have registered for the event.

What is a Hackathon?

Data hackathons, also known as data dives, are intense events where teams of data scientists, computer programmers, graphic and interface designers and project managers try to creatively tackle data problems and prototype data analytics products. Hackathons typically last between a day and a week. Some data hackathons are intended simply for educational or social purposes, although in many cases the goal is to create usable data analytics products. Data hackathons tend to have a specific focus, which can include specific data sources, methodologies, technologies and applications but in other cases, there is no restriction on the type of data analytics product being created.

What is the purpose?

The European Big Data Hackathon has five objectives.

 

  • Solve statistical problems by leveraging algorithms and available data, by engaging with developers and data scientist across Europe to build relevant algorithms and by exposing relevant data sets to participants to play around and come up with ideas.
  • Identify best of class European data scientists, by targeting local developers’ and data scientists’ communities to attend the events, by connecting with the best participants during and after the events for possible future collaboration, and by creating networks for capacity building between statisticians and data scientists.
  • Promote and accelerate big data for statistics initiatives in Europe, by developing prototypes that European countries will be able to integrate, and by generating buzz about big data within local communities of scientists entrepreneurs.
  • Promote partnerships with research community and private sector, by raising awareness about big data initiatives in Official Statistics in Europe, by starting partnerships with the private sector and Universities.
  • To produce innovative products and tools, including visualisation, to stimulate the use of open data and public use files and to engage with new audiences, thereby contributing to the objectives of the DIGICOM project.

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