Large amounts of data are becoming increasingly available through open data repositories as well as companies and governments collecting data to improve decision making and efficiencies. Consequently there is a need to increase the data literacy of computer science students. Data science is a relatively new area within computer science and the curriculum is rapidly evolving along with the tools required to perform analytics which students need to learn how to effectively use. To address the needs of students learning key data science and analytics skills we propose augmenting existing data science curriculums with hackathon events that focus on data also known as datathons. In this paper we present our experience at hosting and running four datathons that involved students and members from the community coming together to solve challenging problems with data from notfor-profit social good organizations and publicly open data. Our reported experience from our datathons will help inform other academics and community groups who also wish to host datathons to help facilitate their students and members to learn key data science and analytics skills.
This is a practice for the talk that Craig will give at the SIGCSE 2016 Conference: http://sigcse2016.sigcse.org/
Craig Anslow is a senior postdoc fellow working on the FP7 VALCRI project.
We will have a Show and Tell with the visitors from the School for Communication, Media and IT of the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen, the Netherlands (one of Middlesex’s Erasmus partners).
Time: 9am – 12pm.
0900 – 0915h Arrival, tea / coffee
0915 – 0930h Welcome and Introductions
0930 – 1015h Hanzehogeschool Presentations / Show and Tell
- Herman ten Kate, Senior Lecturer and Coordinator Internationalization
- Drs. Marjan de Jonge, Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of the educational program Interactive Media & Technologies (IMT);
- Dr. Jelle de Boer, Lecturer / Researcher User Experience and Blended Learning;
- Mr. Corné Kox, Lecturer Interactive Media &Technologies.
1015 – 1100h IDC Presentations / Show and Tell
- Prof. William Wong, overview of the Interaction Design Centre
- Dr. Chris Rooney, overview of the VALCRI project
- Dr. Nallini Selvaraj, research assistant at IDC
- Ms. Matylda Gerber, Erasmus exchange student at IDC
1100 – 1120h Coffee / tea
1120 – 1150h Discussion
1150 – 1200h Wrap Up and Action Items