The Columbia Data Science Society is proud to host its eighth annual Columbia Data Science Hackathon. Come work with novel datasets, engage with sponsors, and present your findings to a panel of judges from academia and the industry! This hackathon is open to all Columbia students, though prior experience with data science or computer programming is recommended.





8:30-9:00 am


Lerner auditorium

9:00-9:30 am

Opening ceremony 

Lerner auditorium

9:30-10:00 am 

Team formation 

Lerner auditorium 

10:00-11:00 am 

Beginner’s workshop 

Lerner 569

11:00-12:00 pm

Communication workshop

Lerner 569

12:00-1:00 pm


Lerner auditorium

10:00-6:00 pm

CDSS Office Hours

Lerner auditorium designated table

6:00-7:00 pm


Lerner auditorium

7:00-8:30 pm


Lerner auditorium

9:00-10:00 pm

Closing ceremony 

Lerner auditorium

Attend the opening ceremony for general orientation and to know where to start.

Table numbers 


Gaming Challenge

  1. Team IKUN - Gaming Track (32)

  2. Deep Learning Models Stochastic Processes (33)

  3. Pity Me, I Play Genshin Impact (25)

  4. Data Science Hackathon - Gaming Track (26)

  5. Mystery Boxes and Mixture Models (27)

  6. JJ8 (19)

  7. Genshin's Wish Pity System - Data Science Hackathon Game (20)


Data Privacy

  1. Incremental Generation of Differentially-Private Datasets (18)

  2. Differential Privacy Project based on yellow cab data (6)

  3. Privacy in Transit: A Data Synthetic Approach (15)

  4. Data Privacy (5)

  5. Differential Privacy on Cab data (10)

  6. MLforDifferentialPrivacy (11)

  7. Data & Privacy (17)

  8. Big Data Generation (3)

  9. Data_Privacy_Taxi (9)

  10. NIST-MST Data Privacy (4)

  11. Tip-to-Fare Ratio as Quality Evaluation for Yellow Cabs (15)

  12. Columbia Engineers (14)


Patient Safety

  1. Influential Factors of Patients’ Serious Adverse Effects (35)

  2. Boosting Patient Safety (36)

  3. Potatoes (37)

  4. Medicinal adverse effect (29)

  5. Personalized Risk Visualizer (30)

  6. Patient Safety: Adverse effects of antihypertensive drugs (31)

  7. DrugX (22)

  8. Acetaminophen Mortality Prediction (23)

  9. Finding Hay in a Haystack (24)

  10. Demographic vs Seriousness: Depression, Pain, & Hypertension (28)



  1. Data & Privacy Track
  2. Patient Safety Technology Track
  3. Gaming Track

Submission Instructions:

  1. Submissions are due at 6pm
  2. Create a post on the hackathon page
  3. Submit a PowerPoint to the post, as well as your zip file, git repository, and/or notebooks
  4. Between 7-8:30 pm, please have at least one member at your table ready to present your project to any judges or students who come to your table.



Hackathon Sponsors


$2,600 in prizes

BIG Idea Patient Safety Technology Award

For the winner of the BIG Idea Patient Safety Technology Track, sponsored by the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative.
• 4x Hydro Flask Standard Mouth White
• 2x North Face Jester Backpack Black
• 2x North Face Vault Backpack Gray/Heather

Data & Privacy Track Award

For the winning team in the Data & Privacy Track.
• 4x JBL Wireless Speaker
• 4x Columbia Beanie

Gaming Track Award

For the winning team in the Gaming Track.
• 4x HyperX Alloy Origins Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Popular Choice Award

For the project selected by popular vote.
• 2x JBL Tune On Ear Headphones Blue
• 2x JBL Tune On Ear Headphones Black

Best Overall Award

For the overall winner, best use of data, sponsored by Hudson River Trading
4x $150 Amazon Gift Cards
Access to the Online VIP HRT Swag store

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Yi Zhang

Yi Zhang

Rachel Cummings

Rachel Cummings

Yongwhan Lim

Yongwhan Lim
CS & Two Sigma

Vijay Pappu

Vijay Pappu

Ariana Longley

Ariana Longley

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Knowledge (40%)
    The technical knowledge and proficiency a team demonstrates.
  • Creativity (40%)
    The overall novelty and impact of a team's findings.
  • Presentation (20%)
    The overall quality of a team's presentation.

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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Hackathon sponsors

Columbia Partners

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