SAS and HCT co-host data science hackathon

Twenty-five students compete to solve real-life problems using data analytics

Students gained knowledge on how to analyse and use big data in creating solutions for challenges faced by different industries.
Students gained knowledge on how to analyse and use big data in creating solutions for challenges faced by different industries.

Twenty five IT students from the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) competed for three days at the 'SAS Data Science Hackathon 2019', organised in cooperation with analytics giant SAS.

The students, drawn from HCT branches in Dubai, Sharjah and Al Ain, presented solutions to a range of real-life problems and challenges using SAS analytics and big data products.

HCT-Dubai Men’s College (DMC) Director Dr. Hashim Al Saabi, said, "We are delighted to organise this event in cooperation with SAS, which provided students with training on how to analyse and use big data in creating solutions for challenges faced by different industries. This collaboration with SAS in not the first and we are planning to advance it in the future as part of HCT's enthusiasm to enable our students with the much needed advanced technological skills, particularly in artificial intelligence and big data. This cooperation aims at inventing ideas and creative solutions to serve the needs of different sectors and their development plans."

The first day included student training provided by SAS on solutions to be used during this software challenge, including SAS VIYA Data Science Platform, which supports the end-to-end process of data science. On the second day, students were given real-life challenges related to traffic incidents in Dubai, along with open data from Dubai Pulse to apply data science techniques and provide root cause analysis and recommendations to make driving safer. On the final day, the shortlisted teams presented a Power Point presentation of their results to the judging panel.

Alaa Youssef, managing director of SAS Middle East, said, “We are committed to helping develop the talent pool for data science within the UAE, and we are grateful for the support we have received from HCT and various government entities to enable students to compete in SAS Data Science Hackathon. This event provided students with insights into real-world problems, with the aid of advanced analytics and artificial intelligence processes."

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