Where is the hackathon?

 The hackathon will take place over two days, beginning at 12:00 November 25th and lasting until 23:30 November 26th. On Friday, the event will be hosted at Auberge des 3 fontaines, Chaussée de Wavre 2057, 1160 Bruxelles, and starting Saturday morning, we will continue at the nearby diHub in the AXA building, Boulevard du Souverain 23, 1170 Watermael-Boitsfort.

What are the challenges of this hackathon?

During the data4good hackathon, you will be presented with these challenges:

  • Knowing and understanding key factors that contribute to the short term spread of dengue (weeks)
  • Understanding long term predictive factors
  • Developing a framework to integrate data from federated systems
  • Developing an integrated map of Dengue in Africa
  • Determining whether movements of large population groups can be used as a risk factor in the spread of dengue
  • Determining whether the movement of goods can be used as a risk factor in the spread of dengue
  • Wildcard: Any new ideas and insights are welcome! We very much appreciate creativity and are looking forward to other suggestions that might help us fight dengue.

Can I win a prize during the hackathon?

We are very proud to announce that our sponsors also see the value in joining forces to fight dengue. Several prizes will be given to winning teams. Based on the contribution of the participants beforehand, participation during the hackathon, and the final presentation on Saturday evening, the judges will determine the winners. To be able to win a prize, it is therefore necessary that your team presents their solution on Saturday evening.

As a testimony to the importance of your efforts, the prizes will be awarded on March 30th 2017, during the Data Innovation Summit, where the winning teams can pitch their solutions in front of a large audience.

What are the criteria teams will be judged on?

Team results will be judged on the following criteria:

  • In line with good data science practice.
  • In line with the spirit of the data science community ( e.g. allowing a junior in your team will be very much appreciated ).
  • Creativity and Innovation, has the output been achieved by combining data in an innovative and creative way.
  • Visualization, is the team result being presented in a way that the message can easily be conveyed
  • Outcome, does the team result provide an answer to (one of) the submitted challenges. Does the outcome have the potential to further evolve to a solution to (one of) the submitted challenges
  • Presentation, team outcomes are presented in an understandable (business) language. Where team members able to address questions and answers related to their team results.
  • Potential Impact – How big is the Impact of the proposed solution? Does the application create value? Does it save money, create opportunity; connect customers, partners, and employees?
  • Speed of Implementation – How easy and at what cost can the solution be implemented?

Who will be on the jury?

The Jury will be composed of seven (7) members:

  • Chair: Ludo Lauwers – MD from Thomas More
  • Member: Dr. Mathieu Carette – Chief Data Scientist at Forespell
  • Member: Dr. Colin Molter- Chief Data Scientist at AXA
  • Member: Phaedra Vanderputten – Dengue patient testimonial
  • Non-Voting members – Philippe Van Impe / Annelies Baptist / Michel Jacques

Will there be coaches to help us code?

Yes, teams will be assisted by the following coaches:

  • Marnix Van Loock – Disease expertise
  • Lotke Tambuyzer – Disease expertise
  • Mathieu Carette – data science topics | python | Graph
  • Edward Vanden Berghe – data science topics | R |
  • Michel Jacques – Data expert, knows everything about the exavault

What’s the agenda?


12:00 – Registration at the restaurant of Auberge des 3 fontaines

13:00 – Presentation by Annelies Baptist

13:30 – Brief pitches of ideas and team formation

14:00 – Enter reserved rooms to begin hacking

18:00 – Presentation by Janssen, the pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson.

18:30 – Teams present their members and pitch their project and strategy for solving it.

19:30 – Dinner

After dinner, participants are free to continue working for as long as they would like.


7:00 – Breakfast at Auberge des trois fontaines (for those who slept over or hacked all night)

Travel to the diHub, either by foot, a lovely thirty-minute walk, or by car, an approximate eight-minute drive. Parking inside the AXA building will only be provided to participants who have sent in advance their license plate number.

8:00 Breakfast at the diHub (for those who did not sleep over)

12:30 Lunch

18:30 Final presentation of projects

20:00 Dinner, jury deliberation

21:30 Announcement of Winners

Who can I contact?

Annelies Baptiste: Project Manager

annelies@dihub.eu | 0491 63 28 91

Philippe Van Impe: Founder of the diHub

pvanimpe@gmail.com | 0477 23 78 42


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