#UCIDataHack @ UC Irvine | Explore Data Visualization, Machine Learning, App Development, and more.

Data Overview: M2Catalyst will be providing billions of data points from crowd sourced mobile analytics data, 30 days of monitoring from more than 50,000 real-word devices (all anonymized data).  The data will be made available in multiple formats to enable the most senior data scientists to quickly create compelling content and also in simplified API format to enable new app developers to crank out compelling apps based on the data provided. Contestants will have access to approximately 10,000 data points per device per day covering all facets of app, device and carrier network performance.  Much of the data will be pre-aggregated to simplify the development process. Data will include carrier and wifi signal strength and quality changes, cell tower and wifi SSID, carrier network and GPS location changes, also device metrics such as CPU and Battery temperature readings, CPU Frequency, battery drain and charge times, all deep app analytics ranging from session and usage time, data usage, crashes and more.  The data dictionary will show over 150 metrics tracked over time.

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Eligibility

ELIGIBILITY: The UCI Data Science Hackathon (“Contest”) is open to residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, 18 years of age or older at the time of entry; provided that the following persons are not eligible: officers and directors of any partners of The UCI Data Science Hackathon (“Sponsors”), their parents, subsidiaries, affiliated companies, advertising, promotion, or production agencies, web masters and web suppliers, judges of the Contest, and personnel of any other supplier or customer of Sponsors, or other entity, whose receipt of any prize would create a conflict of interest situation for Sponsors under applicable laws or regulations, as determined by Sponsors (and the IRS dependents, immediate family members and individuals residing in the same household as any of the foregoing persons). Void where prohibited. All applicable federal, state and local laws apply. To participate, you must be on a team that has 4-5 eligible members who contribute to the team’s submission (each, a “Team”). An otherwise eligible individual for the Contest may only be a member of one Team entered in the Contest. By participating on a Team and submitting an Entry in the Contest, you agree to be bound by these Official Rules (“Rules”).

Requirements

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: All code and text and/or images must: (a) be the exclusive original work of your Team or be licensed under Apache 2.0, BSD 3, BSD 2, GPL, LGPL, MIT License, Mozilla Public License 2.0, Common Development and Distribution License, or Eclipse Public License (“Open Source Licenses”); (b) not defame or invade publicity rights or privacy of any person, living or deceased, or otherwise infringe upon the rights of any person or entity, including but not limited to copyright, trademark, privacy or publicity, (c) not contain any commercial/corporate advertising, including but not limited to corporate logos, brand names, and slogans other than the Sponsors’, (d) not depict any conduct or content that is unsafe, immoral, obscene or otherwise inappropriate as determined by Sponsors in its sole and absolute discretion; and (e) not have been submitted for any other Team (in whole or in part), in any other contest, or won any prize. All written text must be in English. Failure to meet any of the requirements above, or to otherwise comply with these Official Rules, may result in disqualification. Sponsors reserve the right to delete any inappropriate content from a submission without disqualifying the entry where, in Sponsors’ determination, such change does not materially alter the submission and the entrant has otherwise attempted in good faith to comply with these Official Rules.

USAGE RIGHTS IN ENTRIES: Each Team will own the rights to its Entry. Sponsors and their designees, however, shall have the unrestricted and non-exclusive right to publish, copy, display, perform, or broadcast, any or all entry materials, alone or in combination with other material, including but not limited to photos and/or text, in any and all media, whether now known or later discovered, in perpetuity, without restriction of any kind whatsoever, without further compensation to the entrant or anyone else. Without limiting the foregoing, entries may be posted on Sponsors’ websites or social media channels for public viewing as part of the Contest. A Team’s Entry constitutes permission for Sponsors and their designees to use the Team winner’s names, biographical information in any and all media, now or hereafter devised, worldwide, in perpetuity, for internal, advertising, Contest and other purposes without additional compensation, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law.

How to enter

Pre-Registration Required: www.UCIDataHackathon.com

HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Teams will have 28 hours to develop a prototype, be it an application, device, or other, to be judged and ranked by the Contest judges (see Judging/Selection of Winner below). Eligible Teams will be given access to Devpost to enter the Contest (the “Entry”). The date/time stamp on Devpost will be used as the official submission date/time of the Entry. For consideration in the Contest, a Team’s Entry must be uploaded on Devpost no later than 5PM PST on May 15, 2016. The Entry should include a category, short description, and, if possible, any media demonstrating the Entry. A Team’s submission must be based on the Team’s effort and created solely by the Team, excluding code that was open sourced prior to the start of the Contest. Sponsors reserve the right to verify all facts. Failure to be able to validate the authenticity of your Team’s authorship/creation of the Entry when requested may result in disqualification. Proof of submission is not proof of receipt. Devpost date/time stamp is the official timekeeping device for the Contest. Entries will not be acknowledged or returned.

Judges

Hal Stern, PhD

Hal Stern, PhD
Dean, UCI Information & Computer Sciences

Brad Zeschuk

Brad Zeschuk
M2Catalyst

Homer Strong

Homer Strong
Organizer, UCI Data Science Initiative

Hadar Ziv, PhD

Hadar Ziv, PhD
Professor, UCI Informatics Department

Zhaoxia Yu, PhD

Zhaoxia Yu, PhD
Associate Professor, Statistics, UC Irvine

Gary Olson, PhD

Gary Olson, PhD
Professor, Information & Computer Sciences, UC Irvine

David Ochi, MBA

David Ochi, MBA
Executive Director, Blackstone LaunchPad at UC Irvine

Athina Markopoulou

Athina Markopoulou
Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, UC Irvine

Neil Sahota, MBA

Neil Sahota, MBA
Master Inventor, IBM

Judging Criteria

  • Data Visualization
    Example: Build geographic network heat maps (i.e. signal strength), or other visualization tools, to help consumers or wireless carriers gain new insights on users, devices, and/or network behaviors.
  • Machine Learning
    Example: Utilize open source, or personally created, machine learning algorithms, to mine the mobile data to build insights, predict user behavior, and more.
  • App Development
    Example: Build Android app(s), iOS app(s), providing customers insights on their apps, device, and/or carrier networks.
  • Presentation & Pitch
    Awarded to the most viable startup team with the best pitch presentation.