BRICs Astronomy Working Group Hackathon 2023

18 – 19 October 2023

We are excited to announce a 2-day Data Science Hackathon that will take place after two days of BAWG conference science meetings. This hackathon will provide participants with the opportunity to apply machine learning techniques to solve a data-intensive challenge in the field of astronomy. To support their work, we will utilise the advanced South African ilifu data-intensive research cloud facility.

We extend a warm invitation to astronomy postgraduate students, who are interested in data science and machine learning. This hackathon will not only provide an excellent platform for participants to showcase their skills but also enable them to network with peers from the BRICS data-intensive astronomy community.

During the hackathon, participants will have access to tutorials and receive guidance from experienced mentors. They will form teams of five and commence their work on the data challenge by employing machine learning techniques. Following the hacking period, teams will prepare a presentation showcasing their results on the task and present it to a panel of expert judges.

AfAS Hackathon 2023
AfAS Hackathathon at WITS University-2023

Timeline and Logistics

Transport and accommodation will be provided for those residing in South Africa, and accommodation only will be provided for International participants in the BRICS countries.

  • Registration is open until 21 August 2023
  • Attendance confirmation by 8 September 2023
  • Event 18 – 19 October 2023

Who can apply:

Astronomy postgraduate students and young people residing in South Africa and in the BRICS countries who have Python experience and a keen interest in data science and machine learning. To view our previous hackathon projects, please visit our GitHub page at the following link:

Participate in this event to utilize your data science skills, contribute to research in multi-wavelength astronomy, and foster connections within the BRICS Data-Intensive astronomy community. In addition, participants will be able to attend the informative BAWG meeting scheduled to occur before the hackathon.

Register here: