Led by Correlation One, the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Statistical Sciences, the Toronto Datathon was a unique data science competition that took place at computer science’s Innovation Lab (DCSIL) on Friday, November 4.
Correlation One is a New York-based talent platform focused exclusively on data scientists, to help employers validate, source, and hire outstanding data scientists.
Citadel Securities, known for its predictive analytics and high performance computing in the global investor market, generously sponsored the event.
More than 500 students applied, but only 60 qualified to participate in the Datathon.
Students from multiple disciplines worked to analyze a rich dataset – San Francisco transit information – in small groups of four.
The first place team Sepehr Abbasi (MSc, Computer Science), Ali Jokar (PhD, Computer Science), Hazem Soliman (PhD, ECE) and Mengdi Xu (BSc, Math and Computer Science) share a $15K prize.
Master of Science in Applied Computing (MScAC) student Liu Yang was part of the third-place team who won $2,500.
A team from the University of Waterloo placed second.
"Toronto Datathon was a huge success in every way," said Sham Mustafa, co-founder and CEO of Correlation One. "We are very impressed with the caliber of the students at U of T and plan to continue working with school to bring more opportunities to the U of T community."