The application deadline for Hackathon 2022 has been extended until September 21

Applications for the 2022 UN Big Data Hackathon have been extended until next Wednesday, September 21. The event will take place between November 8 and 11 in Indonesia, but those selected will be able to participate virtually or in person at the headquarters of the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) in Rio de Janeiro.

For data scientist João Victor Pacheco Dias, member of the Data Rockstars team, runner-up in the 2021 edition, participating in the Hackathon is a great opportunity. “The challenge itself is very educational, fun and helps in the career, both in the curriculum and in professional development,” he says.

The Hackathon aims to develop ideas and solutions that will help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and help solve global challenges. The event is organized by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and supported by the United Nations Regional Center for Big Data in Brazil, hosted by the National School of Statistical Sciences (ENCE), the academic arm of IBGE.

According to the project coordinator, Andrea Diniz, “The Regional Center in Brazil aims to contribute to progress in the use of big data to improve the production of official statistics, and the Hackathon is an important opportunity to move in this direction”.

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Brazil was introduced in 2021

Last year, the Hackathon gathered 76 teams, a total of more than 250 members from 33 countries. Basil was represented in Latin America by eight teams, while Mexico had two and Bolivia one. The topic was the impact of COVID-19 on the goals of sustainable development.

Brazil’s Data Rockstars team was second and had four members, including data scientist João Victor Pacheco Dias, 32, who is a former student at ENCE.

He says that his time at the School was a source of inspiration. “I was most inspired by the story of some dear professors who marked the history of Brazilian and international statistics. Making important decisions that affect the fate of many is a challenge.”

For João Victor, who has already participated in four editions of the competition, participants must have the will to win. “Go in with a clear goal and victory. It is important to choose the right team members, activities and time for each phase”, he advises.

IBGE integrates a team of organizers

An IBGE employee, Patrícia Zamprogno, from the Department of Information Technology (DI), represents the Regional Center in the organization of the event and participates in meetings with the organizing committee from March 2022.

A project associate of the United Nations Regional Hub for Big Data in Brazil, says that IBGE is preparing to welcome participants to its facilities. “As it is a programming marathon, we have to assess how much our technological infrastructure will accommodate the number of people, that is, the challenges range from checking the quality of the local network to whether we have enough sockets for computers”.

In 2021, Patrícia joined the judging team and judged six projects. “As a judge, I evaluated whether the projects were innovative and whether the solution was in line with the theme of the event. In addition, I assessed the quality of the project’s presentation, i.e. whether they managed to show that their idea is relevant for visualizing the impact of COVID-19 in monitoring the SDGs”.

Patrícia believes that everyone expanded their knowledge at the competition. “I noticed that the teams struggled to learn new data analysis tools and showed real teamwork and collaboration. I also learned a lot from them, it’s always good to be up to date with technological innovations”, he concludes.

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