DataHacks is the annual datathon held in UC San Diego. How does it work? A datathon is not unlike a hackathon, in the sense that you will show up, team up with friends or strangers should you want to, and work together to analyze provided data-sets and draw conclusions.

You'll be able to attend workshops to teach you about the basics of data science, machine learning, and the libraries you should know to succeed. This event will expose you to working with real world data, new friends you can pursue projects with after the event, and sponsors who are looking for avid data scientists to offer opportunities to. DataHacks 2020 will be held in Price Center East on Feb 8th-9th 2020. Join us now!



Whether you're a first-time datathon participant simply interested in learning more about data or a seasoned data scientist, you're free to join DataHacks!


Do you have technical skills and expertise in data and want to give back to the community? Help hackers with their projects as a mentor!


Interested in helping with the logistics? Volunteers are an essential part of the success of DataHacks and help out with various tasks during the event.


Beginner Track

This is a beginner-friendly track! We will give you a dataset that contains San Diego Housing information. You may work on problems such as the relationship between housing quality and ethnic groups/genders, predictions of housing prices based on given conditions, etc. Don't worry if you don't have any knowledge in data science (including python, pandas, EDA, machine learning...). We'll have a series of workshops to help you build your project!

Science Track

This is a track with a focus on biological data, more specifically, chronic diseases. You may work on problems like what diseases are common in certain regions/states, what words are mostly connected to one disease, etc.

Business Track

Uber, one of the world’s most popular rideshare services, has created a dynamic impact in several cities. San Francisco hosts one of the most diverse destinations. From being home to top tourist locations like the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman’s Wharf, as well as to Oracle Park, San Francisco brings in people who have both the willingness and capability to utilize rideshare services such as Uber in order to transport from Point A to Point B with ease. In this track, you’ll have the chance to analyze the travel time for different trips from certain origins to destinations. Discover patterns for different origin-destination pairs and give suggestion to Uber on how they can improve the rideshare experience. Keywords: Time Series Analysis, Data Visualization.

2019 Recap



  • 10:00 AM Check-In @ PC East Ballroom
  • 10:30 AM Team Mixer
  • 11:00 AM Opening Ceremony
  • 11:30 AM Keynote
  • 12:00 PM Hacking Starts!
  • 12:00 PM Lunch
  • 12:45 - 1:15 PM Track Workshops
  • 1:30 - 3:30 PM Intro to Python & Pandas Workshop
  • 3:45 - 4:45 PM Beginner Data Visualization Workshop
    - 4:45 PM Time Series ( w / Data Vis)

    - 4:45 PM Geolocation ( w / Data Vis)

  • 5:00 - 6:00 PM Feature Selection Workshop
  • 7:00 PM Dinner
  • 8:00 - 9:00 PM Intro to ML Models Workshop
    9PM Deep Learning (NLP)
  • 9:00 - 10:00 PM Hypothesis/Experimental Testing Workshop


  • 7:00 AM Breakfast
  • 9:30 - 10:15 AM Report Writing Workshop
  • 11:00 AM Submission Link Opens
  • 12:00 PM Hacking Ends!
  • 12:00 PM Lunch
  • 1:00 PM Project Demos
  • 4:00 PM Closing Ceremony


Who can participate?

Any undergrad university student over the age of 18 is eligible to apply!

Where is it?

Datahacks will be held in Price Center East at UCSD. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the venue.

How much does it cost?

This event is free! Food and snacks will all be provided

What should I bring?

Please bring your student ID for registration and anything else you will need to hack!

How many people are on a team?

Each team can be a max of 3 people and you can code independently if you choose.

What if I don't have a team?

While it is easier to have your team in place before the event starts, we will be holding a team-building mixer on the day of the event. Check out our schedule so you don't miss it!

What is the Program/Schedule?

We will be sending further information about the schedule as the event approaches!

I heard there was a $30k scholarship prize for participants. How can I win?

A scholarship for the UCSD/Rady MSBA program in the amount of $30,000 will be awarded to each member of the winning team (maximum of three students) in the DataHacks 2020 Business Track Contest. The prize is contingent on successful completion of UCSD Graduate applications and admittance policies and requirements. This prize has no cash value other than a fellowship to defray the annual tuition cost of the UCSD/Rady MSBA program. The prize is eligible to be redeemed either the fall after the student graduates or the next fall after that.

2020 Sponsors

If you're interested in potentially sponsoring this year's DataHacks, please contact datahacks.info@gmail.com


For other questions and comments reach out to us at datahacks.info@gmail.com