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FAQ

Q: When is Datahack 2019?

A: Datahack 2019 will take place between Wednesday, 15:30, September 4th and Friday, 13:30, September 6th, 2019.

Q: Where does DataHack 2019 takes place?

A: The JVP Media Quarter - Hebron Rd 24, Jerusalem. The event will be hosted in partnership with and using spaces of both Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP) and Labs02.

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 focused around data-driven projects.

Q: Do I need to pay?

A: No, participating in Datahack is completely free. We'll also supply you with food and a place to rest. We do require you resume on registration, however, and your agreement for us to share it with our sponsors; this allows us to provide value to event sponsors, keeping Datahack free and open to all.

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.
Check
here for our full recommended gear list.

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 through 2018, 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: Will food be provided? Will it be Kosher?

A: Ludicrous amounts of food will be provided, free of charge, throughout the event! And each meal will offer at least one option for food with Rabbanut-issued Kashrut certificate. Please note, however, we might also additionally provide an option with alternative Kashrut food for some of the meals (separately, of course). Generally, all foods, snacks and drinks offered during the event will be Kosher, of one type or another.

Q: Where can I sleep?

A: Unlike previous years, we won't have dedicated sleeping space at the JVP Media Quarter. Unfortunately, this means we won't be able to ensure everyone will have a place to sleep. You will, however, be able to sleep in you work rooms, and in the huge grassy knoll outside, assuming weather is ok (wake-up call at 7AM!). We will provide you with mattresses; you'll bring the sleeping bags.

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

A: Unfortunately, we won't have dedicated sleeping spaces this year, so no, no separate sleeping arrangement will be available. We will go out of our way to secure at least a small area for women to sleep in separately, but we can't promise anything because this can only be done during the event, given turnout and space utilization.

Competition Rules & Criteria

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-related 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: No. Each challenge is its own competition, with a dedicated team of judges and prizes. The winners of each challenge will be revealed and get their prize on stage, during the closing ceremony!

Q: What are some examples of past projects in previous DataHacks?

A: We have a very partial list of past projects up on GitHub, and recordings from our 6th DataTalks meetup on cool projects from DataHack 2016.

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. Each sponsor challenge is its own competition. Since challenges have a bit less teams than the main competition, and the prize pool is just a little bit smaller, this is 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 opening event.

Q: What are the challenges hosted by sponsors in DataHack 2019?

A: Challenges for 2019 will be published soon. Our DataChallenges GitHub repository will be updated with links to challenge repositories when they do.

Q: Where can I get more information about past sponsor challenges?

A: On our DataChallenges GitHub repository!