Harry Leafe is an undergraduate in biomedical sciences at the University of Southampton who attended his first DPUK datathon at the University of Exeter. We asked him: 'what's it like?'
Previous datathons see researchers from a range of different discipline backgrounds come together - there is no requirement to have a particular background in dementia research, although this is welcome. Dr Magda Bucholc at Ulster University originally studied astrophysics. She was excited to bring her skills into a field with real prospects for positive outcomes for people with dementia.
One of the aspects of a datathon that participants enjoy the most is the the chance to work collaboratively in diverse teams. Dr Michele Veldsman at the University of Oxford has a background in brain imaging. She was excited to be working with team members who bring completely different skills to the table. It led to an interesting new avenue for her group's focus.
Datathons aren't just for academic researchers - industry scientists come along too. Dr Hadi Modarres works for Cognetivity. He enjoyed the chance to get fresh perspectives on the problems his team worked on.
Finally, we spoke Dimitrios, a data scientist at the University of Edinburgh. His thoughts echoed those of many participants who welcomed the support and collaborative friendly atmosphere at a DPUK datathon.
The application window for the next two DPUK datathons closes on 11 October, 9am. Find out more and apply using the links below.
Swansea datathon 30 Oct-1 Nov
UEA datathon 6-8 Nov