2019 Columbia Data Science Hackathon



The Columbia Data Science Society is proud to host the fifth annual Columbia Data Science Hackathon. Come work with novel datasets, present your findings to a panel of judges, and engage with sponsors. This hackathon is open to all CUID holders, though we recommend some experience with data analysis or computer programming. Please note that there will be a kickoff meeting on Saturday evening and closing remarks on Sunday morning. Unlike years past, the hacking will take place remotely, which means that you are free to work elsewhere before returning for presentations on Sunday morning. Whether you want to build your portfolio or just learn how a hackathon works, we welcome anyone who wants to join. Happy hacking!






NYC Data Science Academy


Roone Arledge Cinema / Roone Arledge Auditorium
Lerner Hall, Columbia University
2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027


Saturday, September 21, 2019
Start: 6:30 pm
Sunday, September 22, 2019
End: 1:45 pm


2018 Hackathon Winners

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Data Never Sleeps

1st Place

Team Members: Kedi Cui, Zhe Liu, Yang Song, Xiangtian Deng

Constructed a bitcoin trading algorithm by using an ensemble of machine learning algorithms - XGBoost, ARIMA, LSTM, and NLP - to predict market price.

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Black and White

2nd Place

Team Members: Quan Yuan, Xiaowo Sun, Jie Li, Xiaofan Zhang

Implemented a combination of machine learning, NLP, and time series to do feature engineering, predictive modelling, and designing an arbitrage strategy.

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Sleep Beauty

3rd Place

Team Members: Jinhao Zhang, Mingfeng Li, Yinan Ling, Nan You

Identified high-value inventions from patent data using feature selection and neural network.

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Knowledge Trumps All

GCP Award

Team Members: Thompson Bliss, Jacob Klein, Alex Kim, Patrick Lewis

Created a web app that quantifies the differences in writing style between news publishers and predicts whether an article will be promoted by the west wing.




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