DT228 Students Sweep the Boards at AIB DataHack

Aidan Devlin and Shane O'Neill (DT228/4)  and Kevin and Emmet Doyle (DT228/ 4 and 3) 

Students from DT228 swept the boards at the recent AIB DataHack taking home first and second prize respectively. DT228 students Aidan Devlin and Shane O'Neil are now the 2016 AIB DataHack winners as they took home first prize. It was also a great day for their fellow DT228 collegues Kevin and Emmet Doyle who took home the second prize.

The DataHack is a 12 hour event open to all 3rd level students which boasts a sizeable prize fund of €8,000. The contestants competed in teams of two with the two winners receiving  €2000 and the four runners up receiving €1000. On the day there were also numerous spot prizes up for grabs including a mini-drone and a Star Wars bb8 Robot!

The event itself features two separate programming competitions on the same day in the same place - a Datathon and a Hackathon. Participants  of the Datathon were tasked with solving a particular data problem whilst similarly in the Hackathon participants could build an app to promote energy efficiency and sustainability. Aidan and Shane came out overall winners in the Datathon whilst Emmet and Kevin came in 2nd place in the same competition, they were both asked to build a model to predict the energy rating of houses. The tasks were specifically designed to allow the participants to showcase their technical skills and abilities within a  collaborative and creative environment. 

Speaking about the event AIB’s Chief Operating Officer Tomas O’Midheach said:

“There are likely to be plenty of employment opportunities for graduates in data analytics in the future with the government’s Expert Group on Future Skills Needs estimating c. 30,000 job openings in Big Data and analytics up to 2020.”

This years event was hosted at AIB’s own Dublin Headquarters in Bankcentre Ballsbridge on Saturday the 12th November and featured teams from over 13 Universities and Institutues of Technology across the island of Ireland.  


 DIT School of Computing November 14th 2016,  Peter Manifold (peter.manifold@dit.ie)‌ 

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