Two datathons in two weeks - autumn has certainly been busy season for the DPUK datathon team who have crossed the country to support a host of new dementia studies get off the ground. If you missed out on the DPUK datathons in UEA and Swansea, there are many more in the pipeline – don’t worry!
Dr Sarah Bauermeister is passionate about developing younger scientists in dementia research. We asked her why datathons are such a great opportunity for them.
A branch of artificial intelligence (AI) which is based on training computers to learn patterns has the ability to transform our understanding of dementia. Professor David Llewellyn co-led the first DPUK datathon and now we're looking forward to our first virtual DPUK datathon.
Although the more commonly known ‘hackathon’ has been used to address societal-level problems from homelessness to corruption, we think that it’s only recently that the data science community is turning its attention to dementia. The DPUK datathon series might well be one of the first for the field in fact. Chris, DPUK’s Data Project Manager, and Sarah, DPUK’s Senior Data Manager, take us through the three key ingredients for a successful datathon.