Winners of the EU Big Data Hackathon 2019


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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.

NTTS 2019- Hackathon winners

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.