Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Karachi hosted first ever Data Science Hackathon in Pakistan sponsored by a New York-based Data Analytics startup Inqline at the IBA on 22nd April, 2019.
The 30-hour long Hackathon comprising of 28 teams over 100 students from 12 universities across the country competed to promote the use of machine learning to bring social innovation.
Hackthon comprised of two rounds. The first round was seven hours long where the students were given a descriptive real-world problem to address it, along with a data set which had to be cleansed and classified with Data Sciences and Machine Learning algorithms.
The next round was 23 hours long where all of the participants kept evaluating, predicting models, analyzing and coding and were also requisite to present their business cases for application of machine learning.
The honorable judges declared Data Science Squad from NED University as the winners and FAST from Habib University as the runners-up and were given a cash reward of Rs 60,000.
The winning team was awarded an amount of Rs. 100,000 along with a paid internship for one of the team members at Inqline’s headquarter in New York City.