WS4D 2020: Safecity Datathon

Call for Participation 


February 14, 2020 at IIIT Bangalore

Register HERE

IIIT Bangalore in collaboration with Web Science Trust (WSTNet), Red Dot Foundation, and the University of Southampton Social Impact Lab, is organizing a data visualization hackathon/datathon on Friday, February 14, 2020. The datathon is supported by the Web Science Lab (WSL), Graphics-Visualization-Computing Lab (GVCL), and the Center of Information Technology and Public Policy (CITAPP).

The objective of this datathon is to build awareness and inspire a call for action towards the safety of women in India and the mitigation of gender-based crime in the country. There are several hidden stories that are finding their way out slowly and boldly. We would like to make these narratives visible using creative visualizations. We invite students, pursuing undergraduate or graduate degree programs, in a group of two to participate in the event to demonstrate their interdisciplinary data science skills and social science knowledge for creating visual narratives for data sets capturing these stories. Ideally, each team should consist of participants with a background in visualization tools and relevant social sciences. The themes of the datathon highlight creative ways of using data to debunk popular myths surrounding women’s safety in India, integrating heterogeneous data sources to make meaningful analysis, and comparing the situation in India with the rest of the world.

It is a day-long event where students will engage in the tasks of defining a set of problems, choose algorithms/techniques/tools appropriate to address the problem, coding and implementation of the tools and presentation of results, inferences, and demo.

The details of the datathon, about dataset(s) and challenge, are available here.

A pdf version of the Call for Participation for the Safecity Datathon can be downloaded from here.

Agenda for the datathon on February 14, 2020:

09:00 am- 10:00 am: Desk Registration 

10:00 am- 10:30 am: Debrief on the datasets and the challenge 

10:30 am-11:00 am: QnA and finalization of themes for each team

11:00 am- 03:00 pm: Datathon, including lunch break and tea-break

03:00 pm- 05:00 pm: Presentation of solution by the teams (5-10 minutes each team)

05:00 pm- 05:15 pm: Judges discussion

05:15 pm- 06:00 pm: Prize announcements and closing remarks

To register, click on the link below:

Important Dates

Last date of registration 11.02.2020

Notification sent to shortlisted teams: 12.02.2020

Datathon: 14.02.2020


First Prize: Vouchers worth 3k

Second Prize: Vouchers worth 2k

Third Prize: Vouchers worth 1k

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