The Social Datathon 2023: Finding Green Skills

How to participate: If you are interested in participating then please use the application form. The application requires a team size of two to five participants. Applications close on February 12th 2023. Further details on the event and the outcome of the application will follow in the week after the deadline. Please use the link provided below.

Join us for a public talk and awards ceremony to end the Social Datathon 2023, a day-long competition to solve a real-world challenge by applying data science and analytics tools, and techniques. The Datathon is hosted at the Jesus College Cheng Kar Shun Digital Hub, in partnership with the Oxford Internet Institute.

The Challenge: Finding Green Skills

To mitigate for the effects of climate change across the globe, a transition towards more environmentally-sustainable modes of production and consumption are essential, for both developing and developed countries. But moving to a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy requires systemic changes to production processes and business models. This ‘greening’ of the economy will require future workforces to develop new skills and responsibilities; to think about their role in the context of an environmentally-sustainable economy.

So how do we define these green skills and responsibilities, and what types of ‘green job’ roles will be needed in the UK? What actions need to be taken to train or reskill people to work in environmentally-focused occupations?

The challenge of the Social Datathon is for participating teams to answer these questions using a unique data set, present their findings to the public at an evening event, and compete to win a grand trophy awarded by a jury of digital policy experts.

If you would like to participate as a team:

Who can participate?
All skill levels and backgrounds are welcome to participate.

There are many helpful skills that can support a datathon project including:
Presentation development
Project management
Data discovery
Machine learning

What are the team requirements?
You may form your own team. Teams should be at least 2 people and no more than 5 people.
Remember, not all team members need to be data scientists. Many find it helpful to build a team consisting of a variety of backgrounds and skills.

What tools and resources are available?
Participants are free to use their preferred tools to complete their project.

What is the judging criteria?
At the evening event of the datathon on March 3rd, teams will have a 10-15 minute presentation of their project.

Judging Criteria Includes:
Definition of the problem statement and stakeholders (5 points)
Analysis (5 points)
Impact of the analysis (5 points)

The prize?
The prize for the winning team will be tickets for the Re:Publica festivlal in Berlin in June this year – one of the hottest venues in Europe that deals with the Web 2.0, especially blogs, social media and information society.