26 October 2016 – A team of five NUS Computing students won the DatadrivenSG Hackathon held from 21 to 23 October.

The hackathon featured some 17 teams, composed of undergraduate and postgraduate students from Singapore and Malaysia as well as young working adults, competing against each other to develop innovative projects that have real-world benefits.

Comprising Year 4 Business Analytics students Venkataraman Poornima, Tan Jingyi, Chia Li Juan and Elissa Lim Yanting, and Year 4 Computer Science student Jonathan Lim Siu Chi, the team developed an analytical solution using data to reduce the hassle young couples may experience when looking for new homes or choosing honeymoon destinations.

Team leader Poornima said that the primary challenges that the team faced during the hackathon included identifying opportunities to blend various data sets and coming up with innovative ideas and solutions to obtain external data sets for the validation of their analysis. But she believed that the reason for her team’s success was their ability to present their ideas, insights and visualizations convincingly.

While no prize was awarded to the overall winner of the competition, the team was presented with a drone for the business value of their idea. Summing up the team’s experience, Poornima said that the Hackathon has motivated them to expand their knowledge to data analytics in the industry and allowed them to learn new tools and technologies.