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SAS and HCT hold hackathon using real world data from Dubai Pulse

SAS and the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) have conducted a data hackathon using real life data related to traffic incidents in Dubai.

The competitors received training on SAS data analytics and the SAS VIYA Data Science Platform, and were then tasked with challenges using data related to traffic incidents in Dubai, along with open data from Dubai Pulse, the city’s shared data platform.

'It is important that students have these skills and face these challenges in partnership with specialized, international entities, within the framework of HCT's 'fourth generation' plan, which aims at preparing students for the future, enabling them with the skills of the fourth industrial revolution, developing their ideas as well as supporting them in establishing their own enterprises.

SAS and HCT co-host data science hackathon

Twenty five IT students from the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) competed for three days at the 'SAS Data Science Hackathon 2019', organised in cooperation with analytics giant SAS.

On the second day, students were given real-life challenges related to traffic incidents in Dubai, along with open data from Dubai Pulse to apply data science techniques and provide root cause analysis and recommendations to make driving safer.

Alaa Youssef, managing director of SAS Middle East, said, “We are committed to helping develop the talent pool for data science within the UAE, and we are grateful for the support we have received from HCT and various government entities to enable students to compete in SAS Data Science Hackathon.

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