WiDS Datathon FAQ
What is a datathon?A datathon is a data-focused hackathon — given a dataset and a limited amount of time, participants are challenged to use their creativity and data science skills to build, test, and explore solutions. Try something new, apply what you know, learn from other participants, and improve your data science skills along the way!
Who is eligible to participate?
The WiDS Datathon is open to individuals or teams of up to 4 participants, comprised of at least 50% women or people identifying as female. Inter-organizational teams are allowed. Team members may include students, faculty members, government workers, members of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and/or industry members.
When does registration open and close?
The registration for WiDS Datathon 2019 will open in mid-to-late-January and close on February 15, 2019. The contest will conclude Feb. 28, 2019.
Why do teams have to be 50% women?
The WiDS Datathon is committed to:
What if I haven’t participated in a datathon before?
Not a problem! The WiDS Datathon is a great opportunity for both new and experienced data enthusiasts to apply and hone their data science skills.
What if I am not near Stanford, CA?
You do not have to be near the Stanford campus to participate in the datathon. The datathon is hosted on the Kaggle InClass online platform, and you, and your team, can work together remotely. 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—the competition is designed to be accessible online. If you have questions about accessibility, please email email@example.com.
What does it cost?
Participation in the Datathon is free.
What is the WiDS Datathon code of conduct?
We adopt 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, and be announced at the WiDS Global Conference 2019.
If I am one of the winners, when will I receive my prizes?
The top 3 places will be announced at WiDS on March 6, 2019. WiDS Ambassadors will be notified of winners in their regions. The WiDS Datathon organizers will contact the winners to ensure the winners provide the required documentation before prizes are received.
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. The WiDS Datathon Committee, including Planet and Kaggle representatives, will reply to the questions throughout the contest.
Is the data private?
The data is owned by Planet 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: