Use Data Science to Solve Big Social Problems

Bayes Impact is a Y Combinator-backed nonprofit that brings data science solutions to big social problems. We run a 12-month full-time fellowship for leading data scientists and work with civic and nonprofit organizations such as the Gates Foundation and the White House.

Co-hosted by Jerry Yang’s AME Cloud Ventures and Joe Lonsdale’s Formation 8, we’re inviting 150+ leading data scientists, engineers, and designers to join us for a 24-hour hackathon to create data-driven solutions for social problems being tackled by some of the most impactful organizations in the world. The winning hack will become a Bayes Impact project, staffed with full-time data scientists and engineers who will work with our partners to bring the hack to life.

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Prizes

Grand Prize - The Day of Awesome

The winning team will get a Day of Awesome. This entails sitting down for coffee with Alexis Ohanian (Cofounder of Reddit), grabbing lunch with Jerry Yang (Cofounder of Yahoo!), and getting dinner with Joe Lonsdale (Cofounder of Palantir) at his house!

First Runner Up -The Sweetness

Our first runner up will get a sit-down coffee meeting with Pejman Nozad, a legendary angel investor in Silicon Valley. On top of that, the first runner up team will win a DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Drone!

Second Runner Up - The Vision

Our second runner up team will win two Oculus Rift DK2s.

Department of Labor Challenge

Sit down meeting with Department of Labor federal technology leaders at the White House and lunch at 18F

Donors Choose

One week of coworking space at Donors Choose HQ and lunch with the Donors Choose data science team.

High Point Police Department - Team Justice League

Private tour of United Nations HQ given by the Chief Knowledge Exchange Officer of UNICEF

Eligibility

Participants must apply at www.bayesimpact.org/hack. Participants will be notified if they have received an invitation to compete.

Requirements

All teams must be properly registered through ChallengePost by the submission deadline on Sunday, November 16th to be considered for judging.

How to enter

Apply online on our website. We will consider all applications received before our deadline, at 11:59 PM on October 31st, 2014.

Judges

Joe Lonsdale

Joe Lonsdale
Cofounder of Palantir and Founder of Formation 8

Kevin Hartz

Kevin Hartz
Founder and CEO of Eventbrite

Ash Patel

Ash Patel
Former EVP of Yahoo! and Founder of Morado Ventures

Mike Abbott

Mike Abbott
Former VP of Engineering at Twitter and Partner at KPCB

Mar Hershenson

Mar Hershenson
Founder of Revel Touch and Cofounder of Pejman Mar Ventures

Silvanus Lee

Silvanus Lee
Head of Product Insights at Uber

David Beyer

David Beyer
Founder of Chartio and Investor at Amplify Partners

Jeff Chung

Jeff Chung
Principal at AME Cloud Ventures

Peter Hsing

Peter Hsing
Former Managing Director at Microsoft and Cofounder of Merus Capital

Judging Criteria

  • Social Impact
  • Technical Difficulty
  • Impressiveness
  • Creativity