IE Datathon- 24h Challenge into Online Learning

Written on June 8, 2016 by Campus Life in Professional

24 hours, 35 students, 8 mentors & judges, together on a Friday & Saturday!

3rd and 4th of June embarked another great event at IE Business School by the IE Big Data Club and Inter-American Development Bank: IE Datathon – 24h Challenge.


The key objectives for the first IE Datathon was to firstly, help the Inter-American Development Bank to study the consistency of their online courses and propose recommendations. Secondly, to provide a real-life challenge to Data fans at the Instituto de Empresa in order for them to test their abilities and understand how to work with large organisations and provide value by analyzing data.

 Data Dive

“What I saw at IE Datathon is what happens when you put so much talent and motivation together; the quality and amount of insights that people got in less than 24 hours was outstanding.  

I can’t wait to see what these guys will do in a few months once they finish their master, any company looking for talent in the data field should meet them immediately!”

Juan Cañada, IE Datathon Jury member


About 35 students from several IE programs participated in this challenge. The participants used tools such as Python, R, Tableau and many more to search for potential patterns and deliver a data story with business insights and recommendations to IDB from the dataset provided.

Five mentors were on hand throughout the day to help teams with any doubts they had in regards to the data access, analysis, visualization or business recommendations.

Weekend Datathon 1st prize was won by the team Datavores. Judges were impressed with the quality of insights and recommendations provided. The 2nd prize was won by the team Money Makers. Congratulations to both teams!!!

Data Dive 2

“I had never participated in a datathon and Datathon was a great first experience! It was very enriching to share with my team mates different ways of thinking and working, I learned a lot from them. I also got to meet people from other Masters and from outside IE who are interested in Big Data.”

Yamile Harfush, Datavores, Business Analytics & Big Data


The competition however is not yet over! Today, all teams have submitted their documentations and further analysis to the Inter-American Development Bank. The Grand Prize Award – 3 people to Washington, D.C, will be announced on Tuesday, the 14th.. Stay Tuned! ☺

We’d like to thank all the students, mentors and judges who participated in the first IE Datathon event. We really enjoyed and learned from the day and hope you did as well! A big thanks to our partner, the Inter-American Development Bank, who provided this incredibly good challenge to IE. Also, a sincere gratitude towards Campus Life for aiding the club with all the necessary support.

We’ll be coming back bigger and better next year! Stay tuned! Until then, happy crunching from all of us in the Big Data Club!


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