[CODATA-international] CODATA announces a Smart and Sustainable Cities Datathon
asha at codata.org
Mon May 18 04:13:12 EDT 2020
Organized by the CODATA Connect group, the goal of the Smart and
Sustainable Cities Datathon is to challenge *early career* individuals and
groups to develop innovative models and solutions to address the
Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) using available open data sources from
various government or intergovernmental data platforms. With the current
digital revolution taking place in many cities across the globe, much city
and local government data is now being opened to the public domain.
Participants should identify the data sets they will work on from various
open data sources and build algorithms, software tools, visualisations,
models, apps or other technologies which can ‘make the data talk’ and help
provide a solution to a specific problem that can bring value to a city.
The tools developed should be reproducible at any level. The solution
provided should aim at enabling cities to harness full potential of the
enormous data being generated around the world. The Smart Datathon will
create the environment for early career researchers and data science
enthusiasts to create insights and models from extracting and analysing
open data sources from various open platforms in order to develop novel
solutions that will lead to real world solutions, benefiting the cities and
the society at large.
Solutions provided by teams should fall into this thematic area:
Data Solution for Smart and Sustainable City
In particular, the Datathon will be based on Open Data and Open Source
software for increasing the potential for decision making for Smart
City. The Smart Datathon envisages the following stakeholders for
collaboration – Academia, Startups, Government departments, Industry, City
administration and Citizens.
The Datathon is open to early career individuals or teams who are
encouraged to engage with the stakeholders listed in the development of
Smart Sustainable Cities definition
*“A smart sustainable city is an innovative city that uses information and
communication technologies (ICTs) and other means to improve quality of
life, efficiency of urban operation and services, and competitiveness,
while ensuring that it meets the needs of present and future generations
with respect to economic, social, environmental as well as cultural
aspects” (UNECE & ITU 2015: *
- *Registration opens:* 30th May – 30th June 2020 (1 month)
- *Submission Deadline*: 23 September 2020 (3 months)
- *Announcement of the winners: *The winners will be announced at the
International FAIR Convergence Symposium on 22-23 October, 2020 in Paris
organised by CODATA and GO FAIR. Subject to circumstances, winners will be
invited to give a short remote presentation or demo.
Registration, including an abstract should be submitted here (
or sent by e-mail as pdf attachments to codataconnect at codata.org
*The abstract should include *
- *Full author name(s)*
- *Corresponding author’s email address (other author email addresses
*Author names must include a forename and a surname. Forenames cannot
include only initials. i.e. J. Bloggs is not permitted. The full name, Joe
Bloggs is required*
*The affiliation should ideally include ‘Department, Institution, City,
Country’, however only the Institution and Country are mandatory.*
*A sentence or a short paragraph detailing the roles that each author held
to contribute to the authorship of the submission. Individuals listed must
fit within the definition of an author, as per our **authorship guidelines*
*For registration purposes, the abstract should describe the intended
datathon activity and solution, outlining the problem to be addressed. We
recognise that the project may evolve, so this description will be
*A list of up to six key words may be placed below the abstract (optional).*
*The Abstract and Keywords should also be added to the metadata when making
the initial online submission.*
The link for final submission will be sent to each team that registers.
Final submissions should be made by 23:59 UTC 23rd September 2020.
What we want you to do:
*Stage One: Registration*
- Get together a team.
- Identify an open data set that has the solution to a Smart and
Sustainable Cities problem that you want to solve.
- Register for the Datathon with a short description / abstract of the
*Stage Two: Final Submission*
- Start working on your solution with your team.
- Finalize your solution.
- The final submission package should comprise the following:
- Full accompanying information (full name(s), affiliations, a short
bios and complete title of your project).
- A brief description of your project, with details of the project.
Describe how your project connects and provides a solution to a Smart and
Sustainable Cities problem you/your team identified.
- Any necessary accompanying documentation to allow the solution to
be understood and used (i.e. user manual or walk-through document).
- A brief 1-5 minute demonstration video introducing yourself,
explaining your solution and processes undertaken, where you
sort your data
from, the applications that helped in your analysis. This should be
submitted via a Youtube or Vimeo link with a resolution of at least
- The proposed solution (plus Demonstration video, Data, Abstract and
Algorithms) should be uploaded on a GitHub account you/your team created.
- Your work/solution will be licensed under a Creative Commons
Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
- Ensure your solution is reproducible, and in line with FAIR principles
*For General Rules: *
1. Teams should choose only one option.
2. All the participants on the team should be Early Career Researchers
(ECR), defined as university undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate
students or early career researchers within five years of completing their
3. Multiple teams from the same organization can participate.
4. Same participant can not be in more than one team.
5. Team size should be limited to a maximum of 4 people.
6. Licensing violations and plagiarism are not allowed. If any violation
is found, participants will be disqualified.
7. Please mention the open source data used for the solution with the
link pointing to the dataset.
8. Jury decision is final.
Participants can register for the Smart Datathon using the Registration
The complete solution needs to be submitted on/before *23 September, 2020* via
the CODATA Connect drive (this will have a space for teams to put in their
GitHub account). We will not allow multiple submissions.
All projects must be in line with the Solution for Smart and Sustainable
City using open data. There are no restrictions on your methods or
applications used. We just want you to think outside the box and design
something you/your team can be proud of.
Here are some suggested outputs for your project:
- Machine learning models
- Built Algorithms and models
- Software tools
- Statistical insights/correlations
- Application, apps or program
- Other technologies which can ‘make the data talk’ and help provide a
solution to a specific problem
Process for Selecting the Winners
All the Smart Datathon solutions will be publicly available afterwards for
others to learn from and further improve the quality of the developed
models/algorithms, as a link will be provided on CODATA Connect Page under
the Smart Datathon tab.
A Judging Panel will be appointed to evaluate the best solutions using the
terms, guidelines and conditions provided for this purpose. The winners
will be selected based on the Panel’s scores and their judgement on the
most innovative, creative and useful solutions.
Winners of the Smart Datathon will be announced at the International FAIR
Convergence Symposium (*22-24 October 2020*) in Paris and will be invited
to give a short remote presentation or demo of the solution.
Prizes will be given for two categories
- Best Solution: *Data Solution for Smart and Sustainable City* (Cash
award of Euro 500)
Two Runner ups will get
- *Data Solution for Smart and Sustainable City* (Cash award of Euro
- *Data Solution for Smart and Sustainable City* (Cash award of Euro 250)
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