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Hack-a-thon Develops Business Analytics Skills

March 25, 2019

Hack-a-thonMarch 8-10, Benedictine University hosted its second Hackathon (BenUHACK), sponsored by IBM. Hackathon is a new event created by faculty members of the Daniel L. Goodwin College of Business where students from local universities develop business analytics projects utilizing City of Chicago Crime Data as organized by and curated by IBM. During the event, participants worked within 3-4 member teams using IBM tools while being guided by industry mentors.

Forty-two students from Benedictine University, College of DuPage County and Triton Community College competed in the Hackathon. Throughout the weekend volunteers from IBM and all three participating colleges served as judges and mentors.

Eight teams submitted final presentations utilizing the Chicago crime data. The winning team was from Benedictine University which evaluated the data to determine what crime was most prevalent, where the most crimes occurred and when the crime was most likely to occur. One of the interesting findings from the winning team determined Friday’s during the month of July had the highest incidents of crime in the city of Chicago.

The top 3 teams from the competition presented to the entire group and were awarded a financial prize of $500 per team for first, second and third places respectively.


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