Bangladesh's first-ever Datathon competition, aiming to build capacity and talent in the field of data science and machine learning, concluded successfully on Saturday.
A total of 84 data scientists and data engineers took part in the 24-hour competition in 21 teams.The event was organised by Robi. Google was part of the event as the cloud partner and Axiata Analytics was the technical support partner.
The two-day competition started on April 19. State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak attended the prize giving ceremony as the chief guest.
Robi's Managing Director and CEO Mahtab Uddin Ahmed, along with members of senior management, were also present at the event held at a city hotel. Robi's Head of Corporate Strategy Ruhul Amin gave the welcome speech.
Team 'Instinct' emerged as the competition's champion. Abu Mohammad Shabbir Khan, Ishfaq Zaman, Nuren Shams, and Shariful Islam Foysal were members of the team.
'Best Fitted' was the first runner-up while 'Outliers' secured the second runner-up position.
Besides, two individuals, Ishfaq Zaman and Nuren Shams, were adjudged the Best Data Scientists and Md Kief Hossain and Porimol Chandro were declared the Best Data Engineers.The champion team was given Tk 2 lakh, the first runner-up Tk 1.5 lakh and the second runner-up Tk 1 lakh. The best Data Scientists and the Data Engineers were given Tk 1 lakh each.
Tm Forum's Ambassador for Big Data Analytics and Customer Experience, Prof Paul Morrison, Robi's Head of IT, Asif Naimur Rashid, BUET's Prof Dr M Sohel Rahman and Head of Axiata Analytics Pedro Uria Recio were the panel judges.
Robi CEO Mahtab dubbed Data Scientists and Data Engineers "the drivers of the digital economy".
"They're the ones who help organisations turn data into vital business insights to power their business. They're also crucial to the crafting of public policies through providing valuable data insights," he said.
Mahtab said he believes the event will go a long way in "creating a thriving community of Data Scientists and Data Engineers" who are "going to help the country to take Digital Bangladesh to the next level".