Between 8-12 March 2019, the second European Union (EU) Big Data Hackathon took place alongside the 10th New Techniques and Technologies for Statistics (NTTS) conference in Brussels. A hackathon is an event where IT experts and statisticians collaboratively look for solutions to a particular issue over a short period of time.
Seventeen teams from European National Statistical Institutes competed to develop a data analytics tool to address this year's challenge:
"How can innovative solutions for data collection reduce response burden and enrich or replace the statistical information/data provided by the time use survey?"
The award ceremony took place on 12 March and was hosted by the Director-General of Eurostat, Mariana Kotzeva.
The winners of the Hackathon are:
1st prize - the team from Statistics Poland, who created an open source prototype delivering a dashboard for the data analysis of population time use.
2nd prize - the team from ISTAT – Italy, who created SMUTIS, an integrated open source environment for data analytics, visualisation and food classification.
3rd prize - the team from the ONS – United Kingdom, who developed a system to enrich the data collected via traditional questionnaire-based surveys with automatic processing of photos of meals taken by respondents.
Additional prizes were also given to:
4th prize - Statistics Estonia
5th prize - DESTATIS - Germany
6th prize - Statistics Netherlands.
More information about the 2019 Hackathon and the NTTS conference is available here.