Big Data Hackathon in Mozambique

The OAD, DARA Big Data, and the Inter-University Institute for Data-Intensive Astronomy (IDIA) conducted a 3-day hackathon at Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique to help local students and young professionals improve and develop their Python skills.

“After the hackathon I feel like a different person, because I had the privilege to see what trend the technological world is following and with this I have the opportunity to not be left behind.”

“I realise the importance of big data knowledge in my day to day life; I gained a new objective which is to follow the area of ​​computing and informatics in order to contribute to the growth of my country.”

Hackathon student participants

“I’m delighted to have been a part of this to transmit useful skills to students. I really enjoyed the student dynamics, they were all lovely people. We hope that the hackathon brought awareness to our universities and the general public of how big data and data science can solve real-world problems.”

Hackathon tutor Ramiro Saide

“I was so pleased to see the event run successfully in Portuguese, huge thanks to tutors Ramiro and Dionisio, as well as Dr Ogando, for making all of this possible. The participants were incredibly dedicated and were able to produce impressive results and draw insightful conclusions in response to the hackathon task, despite some having limited prior experience with Python.”

Dr Nikhita Madhanpall, OAD DARA Big Data Fellow