Data Science Hackathon: Now part of Big Data Meetup

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Data Science Hackathon: Now part of Big Data Meetup

Henry Walshaw
Hi all,

Big Data Analytics Group in Melbourne and the Melbourne R Users Group are running a Worlwide Data Hackathon event at the end of April (sorry - should have bought this up last night at the PUG) as part of Big Data Week. There are no restrictions on the tools that you can use (see the FAQ @ so I figured some at the PUG might be interested too.

The event is being held on April 28th from 9pm until April 29th at 9pm at the York Butter Factory.

See the email below from Yuval (to the R Users Group) for some more details, and if you're interested, sign up at


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From: Yuval Marom <[hidden email]>
Date: 3 April 2012 09:00
Subject: [MelbURN-Melbourne-Users-of-R-Network] Data Science Hackathon: Now part of Big Data Meetup
To: [hidden email]

Hi All,

We’ve decided to consolidate the RSVP process for this event with the Big Data group:

Apologies for the inconvenience if you’ve already RSVPed, but you will need to RSVP again using the link above.

We’re consolidating because we’d like to build on the momentum that is gathering for this event from the two communities.

If you’re still not sure whether to attend keep in mind that already around 25 people have joined up, including some very experienced R and data users and miners, plus a few Kaggle winners. Being stuck together in a venue for 24 hours means that this is a unique opportunity for some hands-on learning and knowledge sharing with like-minded people from various backgrounds and varying levels of experience.  

The venue itself,  the York Butter Factory, is ideal for this kind of event.  It has wireless internet, plenty of desks, break-out areas, a kitchen with basic facilities, and of course being in the CBD there are plenty of shops, cafes etc nearby.  

We’ll be connecting via a video link to the other Hackathon sites around the world.

We’ll be providing prizes for the local winners.

We’ll help you form groups if you need.

We’re trying to gather some sponsorship to provide catering.

What are you waiting for? join us:

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