Acknowledgment from the

Office of the Prime Minister

Teams

Participants

Finalist Teams

About This Year's Event

The 2020 Undergraduate Big Data Challenge (BDC) and Big Data Day was revolutionized by the STEM Fellowship team to be held completely online in spite of COVID-19. This year’s theme of Personal and Public Health Decisions in a New Open Data Reality saw a diverse set of participants. There was a record-breaking number of registrations this year, with 523 participants in total, with 249 participants identifying as female, and 274 as male. The participants were joined by 48 mentors that guided and taught them. The challenge encouraged students to apply analytical and computational approaches to analyze the open data. 

The Big Data Day’s Roundtable discussed  “Science Communication at the time of urgent Personal and Public Health Decisions,” with Dr. Sacha Noukhovitch, the founder and president of STEM Fellowship, as the moderator. The invited panelists included: Deepak Kaura (the Chief Medical Officer for 1QBit), Suzanna Kettley (Executive Director of Canadian Science Publishing), Eleanor Haine-Bennet (Program Officer for Natural Sciences for Canadian Commission for UNESCO), and Michael Duong (Head of Personalized Healthcare Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd).

This year’s winners produced exceptional projects that explored various nuances relating to COVID-19 and more. Various projects have examined COVID-19 data to further understand the demographics of COVID-19 cases, both nationally and internationally. Some participants investigated topics ranging from the effects of social media on mental health, to COVID-19 Vulnerability in the U.S. Counties. Topics ranged from socioeconomics in health care to the significance of developing new methods for making decisions in health policies. These projects exhibited the accelerating progress of interdisciplinary research in health. 

The Big Data Challenge program ultimately aims to equip students with the power of Data Science to combat the most pressing issues our world faces. The winners and finalists of the BDC are already pursuing publication and venues to implement their findings. The youth are the foundation of new changes to come and it is our passion to actively foster them synergistically with their formal education. We will continue growing this initiative and program in the years to come with even greater impact.

BIG DATA DAY

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Panelists

Deepak Kaura

Chief Medical Officer for 1QBit

 

Eleanor Haine-Bennett

Program Officer for Natural Sciences for Canadian Commission for UNESCO

 

Suzanne Kettley

Executive Director of Canadian Science Publishing

 

Michael Duong

Head of Personalized Healthcare Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd

 

 

Sacha Noukhovitch

Founder and President of the STEM Fellowship

 

Judges

Kashif Siddiqui

kliq.ca

Dean Callahan

Hoffmann-La Roche Limited

Jodi Garner

Hoffmann-La Roche Limited

Donna Janzen

Hoffmann-La Roche Limited

Olayinka (Yinka) Awoyemi

SAS User Group

Ann Meyer

Ontario Genomics

Christopher Gravel

Health Canada

Agnes Klein

Health Canada

Sean Rourke

University of Toronto

Big Data Day Winners

Public and Personal Health Presentation Awards

1st Prize: $1500 + Publication

Leveraging Machine Learning Methods to Predict COVID-19 Vulnerability in U.S. Counties Based on Socioeconomic Factors

Katharine Emily Lee, Cynthia Denise Lo, William Ren Xu, and Robert Ye

2nd Prize: $600

Identifying COVID-19 Instagram Behaviour Patterns via a Novel Network Analysis Pipeline

Arthur Boschet, Vivian Chia-Jou Lee, Brenda Shen, and William Zhang

3rd Prize: $400

An Analysis of the COVID-19 Infodemic: The Extensive and Disproportionate Impact of Public Figures on Public Behaviour and Sentiment Towards Hydroxychloroquine

Emily Chan, Ginah Choi, Kendrew Wong, and Shirley Zeng

Public and Personal Health Decisions Research Excellence Awards

1st Prize: $1500 + Publication

An Analysis of the COVID-19 Infodemic: The Extensive and Disproportionate Impact of Public Figures on Public Behaviour and Sentiment Towards Hydroxychloroquine

Emily Chan, Ginah Choi, Kendrew Wong, and Shirley Zeng

2nd Prize: $600 + Publication

Deep learning transcriptomic model for prediction of pan-drug chemotherapeutic sensitivity

Eddie Guo, Mehul Gupta, Pouria Torabi, and Sunand Kannappan

3rd Prize: $400

Leveraging Machine Learning Methods to Predict COVID-19 Vulnerability in U.S. Counties Based on Socioeconomic Factors

Katharine Emily Lee, Cynthia Denise Lo, William Ren Xu, and Robert Ye

Public and Personal Health Innovation Award

Prize: $1000

A Convolutional Neural Network Approach for Skin Cancer Detection

Andy Dai, Yi Zhou Tang, Kevin Zhu, and Nicolaus Wong

COMPETITION INFORMATION

 

 

COMPETITION ABSTRACTSPRESS RELEASE

FAQ

WHAT IS THE BIG DATA CHALLENGE?

The Big Data Challenge (BDC) for undergraduate students is an inquiry-driven experiential learning program that invites students from across the country to strengthen their problem-solving and critical thinking skills while gaining familiarity with the fundamentals of data science. 

 

DO I NEED PREVIOUS PROGRAMMING EXPERIENCE?

You do not need previous experience with programming, although it is recommended. We welcome all students who are eager to put effort into learning and expanding their skillsets, as well as those who show any level of interest in data science or the challenge topic.

 

HOW DO I FORM OR JOIN A TEAM?

We encourage participants to start forming teams before the event. You may also register and participate on your own or request to be placed into a team after registration. 

 

DO I NEED TO HAVE AN IDEA FOR MY PROJECT?

Think about what interested you the most in the field of the provided topic. Reflect on your day-to-day; talk to your friends and professional network from academia and industry; explore emerging technologies and platforms; read the internet and research articles. In hackathons like these, many teams come up with their topics in the first few days of the challenge, rather than beforehand.

 

DOES STEM FELLOWSHIP PROVIDE TRAVEL GRANTS?

We subsidize travel expenses for our finalists to attend the Big Data Day, up to a fixed amount. You will need to fill out the following application by October 15th. 

 

I RECENTLY GRADUATED, AM I ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE UNDERGRADUATE BIG DATA CHALLENGE?

Yes, anyone who has graduated within 12 months is eligible to register for our Big Data Challenge. 

 

Interested, but not an undergraduate student?

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