This year’s datathon participants gained hands-on experience with Intensive Care Unit (ICU) data, focusing on models to determine whether a patient admitted to an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) has been diagnosed with a particular type of diabetes. WiDS ambassadors worldwide hosted over 25 datathon workshops to mentor datathon participants throughout the competition and form teams.
To help encourage deeper exploration and the development of collaborative data science innovations, WiDS Datathon Committee and the National Science Foundation Big Data Innovation Hubs are hosting a second phase of the WiDS Datathon — a research paper competition with the WiDS Datathon Excellence in Research Award.
How do models perform across features such as gender, ethnicity, and age? What can we understand about biases, and how might data scientists, clinicians, and additional stakeholders mitigate issues?
“The WiDS Datathon, especially with the Excellence in Research phase of the competition, aims to facilitate community discussion around real-world data -- and highlight avenues for societal impact,” notes WiDS Datathon Co-Chair Meredith Lee. “It’s incredibly motivating to see how thousands of participants, mentors, and data enthusiasts globally are connecting and sharing what they are learning.”
WiDS Datathon Co-Chair Sharada Kalanidhi adds, “It is simply wonderful to see participants grow from being novice and intermediate to working on advanced research questions at the forefront of new knowledge in this field.”
We invite you to share more details about your work with the WiDS Datathon 2021 data through a research paper of up to 3 pages.
Submissions are now open and will be accepted on Submittable until April 30, 2021.
Submissions will be reviewed by subject matter experts from the WiDS Datathon Committee, the National Science Foundation Big Data Innovation Hubs, and the MIT GOSSIS community. Papers will be evaluated on their potential for real-world impact, rigor in scientific methodology, and clarity of communication.
Papers will also be eligible to be published on the WiDS Datathon website.
Research papers should address questions including but not limited to:
Submissions should also include an abstract (4–5 sentence summary) and a list of references (e.g., cited research papers, books, tutorials, or other resources used).
The individual or team will receive:
In addition to the Excellence in Research Award, up to $2,500 USD will be distributed for honorable mentions across submitted research papers.
Phase 2 winners will be recognized via WiDS and the Big Data Innovation Hubs' social media channels. Special thanks to Kaggle for providing the cash prizes for the winners.
To be eligible for the award, all entrants must have participated in the first phase of the WiDS Datathon 2021 on Kaggle. Individuals and teams should submit their papers with the same names and contact emails used for WiDS Datathon 2021 registration.
We plan to announce the results of Phase 2 in Summer 2021, at the WiDS Ambassador Meeting, and online. Phase 2 winners will be recognized on social media channels via WiDS and the Big Data Innovation Hubs.
We look forward to your submissions!
The WiDS Datathon Excellence in Research Award 2021 competition is hosted by the National Science Foundation West Big Data Innovation Hub, Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub, Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub, and South Big Data Innovation Hub, in collaboration with the Women in Data Science (WiDS) Datathon. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grants 1916573, 1916481, 1915774, 1916613, 1916585, 1916589, and 1916454 as part of a national network of Regional Big Data Innovation Hubs.