I-COM Data Science Hackathons 2019
With the Data Science Hackathons, I-COM pioneered the first public CMO-focused global competition, connecting the magic of Data Science with the world of Marketing.
The I-COM Data Science Hackathons focus on solving real problems and achieving results, often accelerating to outcomes that normally take months of work to achieve or replicate. It is a 24-hour marathon where competing teams develop algorithms using data science analytics to solve predictive modeling challenges on marketers' datasets.
The 5th edition of the I-COM Data Science Hackathons will take place on May 10-12th, 2019 in Malaga, Spain.
The 2019 Carrefour & Google Challenge
How can Carrefour and Google take clustered non personal data from both companies to deliver new insights on customer digital interest for product promotion, with the goal of reducing physical catalogues distribution all while driving traffic to Carrefour stores and e-commerce site?
With a continuous effort to reduce the distribution of their physical catalogues and to increase digitalisation of their marketing activities, Carrefour and Google are sponsoring a Marketing Science competition (Hackathon) organised by I-COM to unlock new insights on customer interest for digital product promotion.
Through the Data Science Hackathons, I-COM is offering brands a unique opportunity to unlock new and creative approaches to crack business problems using Data Science while accelerating development time, reducing risk at a fraction of the cost compared to traditional internal approaches and getting fresh perspectives and insights to solving business challenges. We attract very diverse groups of teams that come together to be challenged, taking their range of skills and expertise and applying it to the business.
Data is becoming more and more relevant in the marketing concept and the hackathon gives us possibility to work with young teams from different companies, countries and universities. They use new data science approaches and methodologies, from which we can learn. Also, the cooperation with data providers helps us to test new data sets in order to get relevant findings for our marketing decisions.
Intel had a great experience in sponsoring a challenge in the I-COM Data Science Hackathon, so we decided to come back. This is a great channel for us to bring new ideas and new thinking to the company.
Last year we participated in the hackathon and we really enjoyed it, so we decided to come back a second time and see if we can give a new challenge. I really enjoyed meeting people from different industries that all have similar interest. What I really love about the Hackathon is that in 24 hours the teams can solve problems or answer a big question, that can take weeks or months for our team.
The Hackathons are my personal favourite of the whole I-COM Summit as it allows everyone including the actual participants to the judges to the wider audience be part of a very progressive and creative problem-solving experience. It surfaces the great energy and the curious as well as diverse spirit, which overarch the entire Summit.
We looked at the I-COM Data Science Hackathon as a pilot for us [at Intel] - to create a marketing impair model for Intel, so we could understand what we are getting from our marketing investments. As a result we got some insights we could apply: one of them was that there is no single solution - you need to be creative and figure out what works best for your business. Since teams were coming from different countries and backgrounds, we learnt about different perspectives and importance of flexibility.
I would warmly recommend I-COM Data Science Hackathon to other companies, as it is the only Hackathon I know that takes marketing problems and try to solve them in real time and can have an impact on your business.
The I-COM Data Science Hackathon enabled the Analytic Partners team to successfully demonstrate the value of the balance of talent and technology and the importance of passion and commitment for turning data into expertise. Our achievement of winning the Hackathon and taking home the Smart Data Agency of the Year prize has truly opened doors for the company.
Events like the I-COM Data Science Hackathon are very important and will become increasingly important for marketers as we start to really understand how to embrace the power of the crowd…
…very impressed with the creativity in the data science, how inspirational the business ideas were coming out…the courage of the teams to come in relatively cold for 24 hours to effectively invent a new platform that has almost immediate business relevance is starting to inspire ideas for what can come next…
Coming from an academic background it was a great challenge for me to see how useful those theories that we have learnt in university are. As while as you are not able to use your knowledge in real life problems it is virtually useless; this Hackathon was a good opportunity for me to learn how to do that.
For me the I-COM Data Science Hackathon is one of rare occasions where data scientists get to experiment with data sources, interesting pieces of information. It has a great atmosphere with unique spirit. It’s a great opportunity for hackathon sponsors, as they get so many data science brains in one spot.
I-COM Data Science Hackathon was an invaluable opportunity for data scientist teams to self-assess their creativity and abilities in a competition with world-class data scientists. I would recommend it to any company in the digital marketing to send their teams to compete, enjoy and test themselves.
Hackathons are always great to push you and your team to the limits and prove to yourself what you are truly capable of. The I-COM Hackathon provided the perfect environment for this. The task we were given really inspired our team to try out new approaches and solutions which our company will surely benefit from in the future. It was also awesome to see so many talented people of the industry coming together and work on the problems of today's marketing. Besides that, the event team of I-COM did a great job on the organization, it has been flawless!
The I-COM Data Science Hackathos gave us the possibility to meet data scientists from all over the world working together to solve current marketing challenges. Its business focus and the connection with the I-COM Global Summit is what make this Hackathon unique, providing a nexus between science and decision makers. And all this happened in such nice place like Porto where we also enjoyed good food and wine. In summary, a wonderful experience recommended to any data scientist or marketing professional willing to make a difference.
The I-COM Hackathon was a great opportunity to see how other data scientists are changing the digital landscape with creative analytics and strong business acumen. The experience brainstorming and networking with others both passionate about marketing analytics and aware of industry challenges was invaluable. I left with new tools in my toolbox and a fresh set of ideas to take my clients to the next level.
The I-COM Data Science Hackathon provided a great opportunity for us as a team and individuals to compete against some of the leading providers within the marketing analytics industry. The challenge set was highly relevant and touched on many of the pressing questions that our clients have today.
Mixture of Kaggle-like quantitative assessment and classical hackathon was quite unusual, but interesting one, as the closest representation of the industry itself. It lasted only 24 hours, still I would like to express my gratitude to the organizers for making it exactly this way, as it led to the most important thing — healthy competitive spirit, which encourages to surpass oneself prior abilities.
NOTE: ABC has once again been engaged to independently cross-check and verify the results of each round of judging of the 5th edition of the I-COM Data Science Hackathons. Starting with the 3rd edition of the competition for Porto 2017, I-COM proudly added this additional control measure, to audit all the steps of the judging process in each round, providing transparency and accuracy to the final results.