Columbia University Data Science Student Challenge
CDSS, in conjunction with Microsoft and Columbia's Data Science Institute (DSI), hosted Columbia's first-ever data science hackathon the first weekend of October 2015. Participants were asked to craft their own solution using Microsoft's Azure ML platform to common problems in New York City, incorporating critical factors such as crime rates and heat outages in municipal buildings. The pilot event was a huge success, and CDSS plans to bring its data science hackathon back for a (bigger and better!) second iteration in Fall 2016.