Students of MSRIT Win Microsoft Hackathon

Published: 01st February 2016 06:31 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st February 2016 06:31 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU: Three MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology (MSRIT) students won a 24-hour global hackathon series challenge for prediction analysis on diabetes in Indian women on Saturday.

Amog Mannekote, Tanmay Chinchore and Abhilash K recognised were as the winners of Microsoft’s Data Science Student Challenge (DSSC). The hackathon was organised in collaboration with Indian Institute of Science. Close to 200 students participated in the series that kick-started on Friday as a part of Pravega 2016, an IISc annual festival.

G Arun Kumar and Aravind Sundaresan from PESIT Bengaluru South Campus bagged the second prize for prediction analysis on heart diseases. Amleshwar Kumar, Indranil Bhattacharya, Raghuram D Bharadwaj, Shreyas S and Swapnil Dhama, from the IISc, won the third prize for predicting mortality rates of patients in ICU.

The winning teams were rewarded with a cash prize of `50,000, `25,000 and `15,000 respectively, said a release issued by Microsoft.

Participants accessed open government data and derived insights from the dataset. A team of senior Microsoft mentors guided them to create solutions based on predictions from the issues identified. The event generated over 50 ideas that could help build digital solutions to address socio-economic issues in the country,  the release added.

“The demand for data scientists is making it one of the most promising career options for students today. There is a critical need to address the talent gap, both in data science research and its practice,” Yogesh Simmhan, Assistant Professor, Department of Computational and Data Sciences (CDS), IISc, told participants.

“The hackathon is an example of the partnerships we are forging with academia and students around data science and machine learning,” said Sundar Srinivasan, Partner Group Program Manager, Microsoft India Development Center.

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