WiDS Datathon FAQ
What is a datathon?
A datathon is an event in which the participants are given a set amount of time to work with data and complete a challenge. The challenge and datasets may change, but the goals are the same—have fun and be creative, and apply and improve your data analysis chops!
Who is eligible to participate?
WiDS Datathon is open to individuals or teams of up to 4 data scientists, comprised of at least 50% women (people identifying as female). Inter-organizational teams are allowed. Team members may be students, faculty members, government workers, members of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and/or industry members.
When does registration open and close?
The registration for the Inaugural WiDS Datathon will open on February 1, 2018 and close on February 15, 2018. The contest runs February 1-28.
Why do teams have to be 50% women?
WiDS Datathon is committed to:
What if I haven’t participated in a datathon before?
WiDS Datathon is the perfect opportunity for data scientists to apply and hone their analytical skills.
What if I am not near Stanford, CA?
Not a problem! You do not have to be on the Stanford campus to participate in the datathon. The datathon is hosted on the Kaggle online platform, and you, or your team, can work together anywhere. By agreeing to the WiDS Datathon competition rules, you have given WiDS permission to have a WiDS Ambassador contact you directly to learn more about locally sponsored activities, mentoring, and possibly even locally sponsored prizes.
What type of computer do I need?
There is no specific computing power required—any computer or laptop will work.
What does it cost?
It is free.
What is the WiDS Datathon code of conduct?
We use the ASA Code of Conduct: The Datathon is a harassment-free space for participants of all races, gender and trans statuses, sexual orientations, physical abilities, physical appearances, body sizes, and beliefs. Harassment includes, but is not limited to: deliberate intimidation; stalking; unwanted photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact; objectionable tweets/comments/utterances online; and unwelcome sexual attention. We ask you to be mindful. Harassment isn’t about what you intend. It is about how your words and actions are received.
How are the winners decided?
The top three winners on the Kaggle Leaderboard at the close of the contest will win.
What if I am one of the winners, when do I get my prizes?
What happens if there is a tie?
If two winners are tied, Kaggle will choose the person/team who made the winning submission first.
What if I have questions about the data during the Datathon?
Kaggle has a Discussion Board that you can post questions about data issues within the appropriate scope. Intermedia and Kaggle teams will reply to the questions daily throughout the contest.
Is the data private?
The data is owned by Intermedia and by giving your consent to Kaggle’s terms of service, you are agreeing to use the data solely for this contest. With your consent, you are ensuring that you:
How do I register?
What if I have more questions about: