Optimising the Canadian government’s natural disaster relief. Protecting small farmers from the impacts of climate change. Making web forms more accessible to people with disabilities. Leveraging augmented intelligence to build models for disease identification in support of early lung disease diagnosis. These were just some of the innovative projects developed in this year’s SAS Hackathon. Technologists determined to make a difference worked together to apply advanced analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) to real-world problems.
And now it’s back. Again supported by SAS, the leader in analytics, registration is now open for the 2023 SAS Hackathon.
SAS seeks big ideas and big data experts and novices – including developers, students, start-ups, and SAS customers and partners – to develop solutions to take to market or deploy within their organisation. In 2022, 1,300 individuals from 75 countries applied, 70 teams representing 135 organisations qualified, and more than 50 teams presented business cases.
“Data scientists and enthusiasts: We invite you to look at the greatest challenges in your industry and in your neighbourhood,” said Einar Halvorsen, Senior Principal Program Manager at SAS. “How can you use SAS technology, open source tools and your data to ‘hack’ for a solution that improves your world?”
“Meet us online, and bring your curiosity,” said Peter Lundqvist, Principal Program Manager at SAS. “We’ll give your team a SAS mentor, free access to our suite of industry-leading software, and a month to accelerate your vision. We can’t wait to see how you astonish us in 2023.”
Participants will also receive access to enablement resources, virtual learning labs, training courses and more.
Inspiring innovation for all ages and skill levels
According to Dataversity, only 21% of 16-to-24–year-olds are data literate, and only 24% of the global workforce consider themselves “fully” data literate. Many struggle to envision what analytics can accomplish in the real world – where the SAS Hackathon offers inspiration and hands-on experience for novice techies and those looking to update their skills.
“The world watches the SAS Hackathon for the most innovative applications of analytics, data and AI,” said Ali Dixon, Senior Associate Product Marketing Manager for AI at SAS. “We hope enthusiasts of every age and stage in their analytics journey will be inspired. Check out SAS’ free online training, ask questions and post ideas in our forums. Analytics are for everyone, and today’s newcomers are tomorrow’s SAS innovators.”
Data for good at SAS Hackathon
Past participants have used SAS Viya, newly available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, as well as natural language processing (NLP), machine learning (ML), advanced modeling, Python and more to accomplish the following:
- First time participants from South Africa, team from Dake Solutions, leverage augmented intelligence to build models for identifying various lung diseases in support of early diagnosis and mitigating the associated risks that these diseases bring.
- Team LangTech: Cameroonian data scientists documented four of Cameroon’s indigenous languages, preserving their cultural legacy, as well as enabling better local services and greater participation in the national conversation for speakers.
- Team War On Cancer: During the SAS Hackathon, War on Cancer surveyed users of its popular cancer resource app to better understand patients’ mental health journeys. The end result? An ocean of insights to empower health providers, and chatbots that guide patients to mental health resources.
- Team JAKSTAT: 2022 SAS Hackathon’s grand prize winners created a platform to optimise COVID-19 relief to the small businesses that make up the vast majority of the Indonesian economy, boosting resiliency for entrepreneurs in the capital region and the country as a whole.
Stephan Wessels, SAS Head of Customer Advisory for South Africa said: “We are extremely proud to be a part of and support the annual Hackathon initiative from South Africa. The underlying theme of the Hackathons – to identify real-world problem that can be overcome through the novel application of technology – is so apt and opens up immense opportunities for the African continent. We are very proud of the proposal and progress made by the team from Dake Solutions during this year’s Hackathon and are optimistic to see many more proposals from teams from across Africa entered for the 2023 edition of the Hackathon.”
Those interested in participating in the SAS Hackathon can register here.