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Q: When is DataHack 2018?

A: DataHack 2018 will take place between Wednesday, 15:30, October 3rd and Friday, 13:30, October 5th, 2017.

Q: Where does DataHack 2018 takes place?

The Alliance House - Ki'akh 5, Jerusalem. The event will be hosted in partnership with and using spaces of both MassChallenge Israel and New Spirit.

Q: What is a hackathon?

A: A hackathon is an event in which computer programmers, graphic designers and others collaborate intensively on software projects. DataHack is specifically focued around data-driven projects.

Q: What is the agenda for the event?

A: You can take a look at the event schedule here.

Q: How can I find a team?

A: After registering you'll be able to log into our team creation platform, and examine open teams. You can also join our Facebook group to find partners or simply a team to join; a post in Machine & Deep learning Israel, the largest ML Facebook group in Israel, is also a good idea. Finally, you can join us in our Prep Night for DataHack 2018 and meet other datahackers there. :)

Q: Can I join without a team?

A: Definitely. After registering, you can either join a team through our registration system, dedicated Facebook group or even find partners during our preparation event or the hackathon itself, or simply work on a solo project.

Q: What should I bring?

A: A laptop and a charger. It’s also a good idea to bring a sleeping bag/blanket/pillow. We will take care of the rest.

Q: I'm not sure I'm experienced enough.

A: We want participants with different skill levels at DataHack! Some of our participants in the last couple of years were undergrads with no experience at all, and we intend to have some this year as well. Mentors will be available onsite to help you tackle the challenges you are facing. This is a great opportunity to learn and sharpen your skills!

Q: I think I might be too experienced for this.

A: We hosted many highly experienced individuals as participants in DataHack 2015 and 2016, including faculty members from computer science and statistics and industry professionals with years of experience. There is no such thing as too experienced for a hackathon. :)

Q: Where can I sleep?

A: We will provide you with mattresses; you'll bring the sleeping bags. It will be like a giant nerdy slumber party!
Additionally, we've arranged discounts for DataHack participants in several hostels nearby:
I.Y.H.A (aka ana): 15%. Say you're a datahack participant when you order.    
Jerusalem Hostel: 10% Say you're a datahack participant when you order.
- Abraham Hostel: 5%. discount code for website orders: DATAHACK5

Q: Will food be provided? Will it be Kosher?

A: Ludicrous amounts of food will be provided, free of charge, throughout the event! And it will all have Rabbanut-issued Kashrut certificate.

Q: Will a separate sleeping arrangement for women and men be available?

A: While the main sleeping hall will probably be shared, we will make smaller rooms available for those uncomfortable with it.

Q: How can I get there by public transportation?

A: We suggest arriving by bus to Jerusalem's central bus station and either walking (17 minutes) or taking the light train (3 minutes, 3 stops) and getting off at the Davidka stop, right next to the Alliance House.

Q: Where can I park, if arriving by car?

A: If you’re arriving by car, you have three options:

* You can pay a lot to park close by, at the market parking lot or the Clal building parking lot. Both are literally on the Alliance House.
* You can park for free at the Giv’at HaThamoshet (גבעת התחמושת) parking lot, if and only if you take the light train from there. If you do, get off at the Davidka stop, which is right next to the Alliance House.
* You can park at Cinema City Jerusalem for cheaper than the market's parking lot, and take line 7 bus, ride for 4 stops, and get off at the Ramat Rahel station (located on Yitzhak Rabin street).

Q: Where can I find the schedule


Rules & Projects

Q: Are there limits to team size?

A: Yes. There is no minimum size (so one-person teams are allowed), but the maximum team size is 5.

Q: Who are the judges?

A: Judges will be a panel that includes academics, designers and developers. We are currently in the process of determining judges. An official notice will be given at a later date.

Q: How will the competition work?

A: All teams will get to present their project to a team of first round judges. A small number of teams - those scoring the highest at the first round - will then get to pitch their projects in our closing event, in front of a small panel of our finals judges - and all other attendants - which will select the three winning teams.

Q: By what criteria will projects be judged?

A: Generally, projects will be judged by level of innovation - especially in the use and processing of data, technical complexity and level of completeness. For product-aimed projects, product-realted aspects (such as design, UI, market fit and even a sketch for a viable business model) will also be considered.

Q: If I'm tackling a sponsored challenge, can I still take part in the main competition?

A: Yes. While you can't work on a separate project for the main competition, you may present you challenge project both before the challenge panel and before the main competition panel.

Q: What are some cool datasets I can use for a project?

A: We keep a short list here. The internet keeps a huge list here.

Sponsor Challenges

Q: If I participate in a sponsor challenge, am I part of the main competition?

A: No. Unlike in previous years, in DataHack 2018 each sponsor challenge is its own track. Since the average number of teams per challenge is around a quarter of those in the main track, and the prize pool is roughly similar, this more than lucrative enough.

Q: Do sponsor challenges take place in a different place or time than the main event?

A: Nope. Like any other track in the competition, you start working on your challenge project after the

Q: What are the challenges hosted by sponsors in DataHack 2018?

A: Read all about them in our DataChallenges GitHub repository.


Q: How can I register my own team?

A: Just as in the regular track - first one to register needs to open the team (name it distinctively). The rest of the team members should apply to that team.

Q: Is there a limit to the team size?

A: As in the other tracks, Yes. There is no minimum size (so one-person teams are allowed), but the maximum team size is 5. If your team is larger than 5, consider splitting up and work on different projects! More ideas to explore (and you can always brain- storm together, but keep in mind there’s a single winning team).

Q: How will the competition work?

A: All teams will get to present their projects to the same team of judges on the morning of the last day. At the closing event the winning team will be announced.

Q: What kind of projects and data can we work on?

A: Whatever you want. You can use your own data set or an open one.  You have full control of the project, as long as it’s data science related. You can do a POC for you company’s target, you can use the stage to show-off your skills, you can work on something completely unrelated to your day-job; That only things that matters is to be creative when offering a solution.

Q: What are the prizes?

A: money worth prizes that will be split between the winning team members, shirts, a massive cup, and the right to brag about your victory in your company website \ pages.

DATAHACK 2018 is here!