Astro Data Science Hackathon 2019
On Saturday 5 October 2019, the Astro Data Science Hackathon 2019 will take place at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute of the University of Groningen. It is a one day event starting early morning and ending around dinner time.
The Hackathon is aimed at high school students from the Northern provinces of the Netherlands. The students will form teams mentored by professional astronomical data scientists.
The theme of this year’s hackathon is “An Atlas of the Local Cosmos”. The Local Cosmos is the volume centered on our Sun encompassing the heliosphere, the Local Interstellar Cloud, the Local Bubble including the nearby stars and exoplanets. The teams will work on astronomical data science challenges along this theme, with a focus on developing infographics. A maximum of 24 students can participate.
The first prize will include featuring of the winning results at the Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems conference 2019, October 6-10 in Groningen. All participants and mentors will receive a certificate recognizing successful participation in the hackathon.
Through this exciting event the high school students will appreciate that astronomical data science is both an exciting study and a solid career step. Astronomical data scientists are in high demand, also outside academia.