When I first heard of the existence of Hackathons (receive a data set, predict the response as good as possible, win money. All within 24 hours), I had two thoughts:

1. Wow, that sounds greats. Like a huge game for intelligent people.

2. My skills are not good enough to participate.

That was one or two years ago. Now I have finished my bachelor degree in statistics and also gained a little experience with some machine learning techniques (boosting and neural networks). So I felt confident enough to try it out. Then I read about the EMI Music Data Science Hackaton and decided to take part. The cool thing about it was, that it was hosted by kaggle, so you did not have to be in London to participate.

The week before

The next step was to find a team. As a statistics student it is easy to find other statisticians. So I started to ask people around me if they were interested. To my surprise the euphoria to be part of such a competition was huge. My first plan to spend the 24 hours of data ha…

1. Wow, that sounds greats. Like a huge game for intelligent people.

2. My skills are not good enough to participate.

That was one or two years ago. Now I have finished my bachelor degree in statistics and also gained a little experience with some machine learning techniques (boosting and neural networks). So I felt confident enough to try it out. Then I read about the EMI Music Data Science Hackaton and decided to take part. The cool thing about it was, that it was hosted by kaggle, so you did not have to be in London to participate.

The week before

The next step was to find a team. As a statistics student it is easy to find other statisticians. So I started to ask people around me if they were interested. To my surprise the euphoria to be part of such a competition was huge. My first plan to spend the 24 hours of data ha…