April 6-8, 2018

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2017 Example Challenges

Yale Policy Lab

McChrystal Group

Goldman Sachs


Friday, April 6
5:00 pmRegister, mix, and mingle: 17 Hillhouse Avenue, 1st floor
6:00 pmWelcome Dinner
7:00 pmSponsors pitch challenges to participants
8:00-11:00 pmChallenge Sponsor Q&A: What distinguishes a winning submission?
11:00 pmNearly-midnight snack
Saturday, April 7
8:00 amBreakfast: 17 Hillhouse Avenue, 1st floor
9:00 amDesign mentors are introduced
9:45 amData visualization techniques are introduced, plus presentation tips and tricks
11:00 amSteve Weston introduces Yale's High Performance Computing (HPC) cyberinfrastructure
12:00 pmLunch, served on the 3rd floor
3:00 pmSnack and entertainment (3rd floor)
6:00 pmDinner
6:00-8:00 pmCheck-in with mentors (mentor will not be on duty between 8:00pm on April 7 and 8:00am on April 8.)
11:45pmPizza party!
Sunday, April 8
7:30 amBreakfast: 17 Hillhouse Avenue, 1st floor
10:00 amRound 1 Presentations: Teams present for no longer than 8 minutes to only their challenge sponsor and teams working on the same challenge.
12:00 pmSponsor judge huddle
12:30 pmLunch & announcement of which teams progress to Round 2
1:15 pmRound 2 Team presentations begin, 8 minutes each
2:30 pmSponsor judge huddle & plasma car race
3:00 pmAwards ceremony

2017 Sponsors

About the DataHack

During DataHack@Yale, junior scholars test their data science acumen by solving real-world problems in a collaborative and dynamic environment. Students from all levels (undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral) who are familiar with and passionate about data science, network science, computer science, and/or statistics are encouraged to apply. DataHack isn't just a competition-participants attend tutorials in data visualization and high-performance computing, all while getting to know the future leaders of machine learning, cluster analysis, and more. And don't get us started on the plasma cars and nearly-midnight snacks!

Who will be there?

100 participants from Yale and peer institutions.


Frequently Asked Questions

When will DataHack@Yale take place?
DataHack@Yale 2018 will be Friday, April 6, Saturday, April 7, and Sunday, April 8, 2018.
Where will the Datahack@Yale be held?
17 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven, CT 06511
Where should I park?
Parking is available in lot 30, right next to 17 Hillhouse Avenue (enter from Hillhouse).
Where does the data come from?
Datasets have been gathered from multiple sources and is publically available, and/or contributed by the Yale community or academic collaborators, or has been provided by sponsoring corporations.
Are the data sets publically downloadable or only for registered participants?
Data will only be made available to registered/attending participants. Some data sets used for the datahack may be publically available already.
Who can attend?
Anyone currently affiliated with a University is eligible to apply and may attend with confirmed registration.
Not affiliated but still want to participate? Go ahead and register, but send us an email explaining your circumstances. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
How do teams work?
We encourage people to work in teams of up to four. If you can't find a team beforehand, worry not - we'll match you based on skills.
What should I bring?
  • A valid ID, preferably a University ID
  • Laptop and charger
  • Cellphone and charger
  • Sleeping bag
  • Small pillow
  • Toiletries (Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.)
  • Towel (there is a single person shower on the 3rd floor at 17 Hillhouse in room 307)
  • Extra clothes
  • Optionally:
    • Power­bar
    • Ethernet cable
    • USB key
How much does it cost to attend?
Attendance is 100% free, and includes food, drinks, and free swag.
What about travel?
If you’re coming from outside the New Haven area, we may be able to cover your expenses. Email us at
Will there be a place to sleep?
We will have dedicated rooms for sleeping(room 220 for women, room 233 for men, room 335 for everyone/anyone). Pick the room that suits you best. Just bring a sleeping bag or an airbed with you.
What do I do with all my stuff?
Room 332 at 17 Hillhouse is a luggage room.
What can I win?
Prizes and respect.
More questions?
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