On March 7, 2020, the Center for Data Analytics hosted its first Open Data Day Hackathon - an international celebration of open data.
The event attracted about 40 participants including local high school students, teachers, Union students, faculty and guests. The guests included acting chief data officer from the New York State Office of Technology Services - an office responsible for making New York State data open.
The event featured workshops that introduced participants to working with data using Python, R and Tableau. Participants then used these tools to find their own insights. Nick Webb from Computer Science, Mason Stahl from Environmental Engineering, Tomas Dvorak from Economics, conducted workshops. Roger Hoerl from Mathematics and Statistics, and Sean Tennant, a postdoc at Schaffer Library, assisted.
At the end of the event, participants shared their new insights, including senior Justin Cohen's impressive hockey analytics, and junior Beck DeYoung's work on groundwater arsenic data. The program for the event can be found here.