A recap of our first hackathon

Last man standing

On Friday February 23 and Saturday February 24 we organized our first hackathon at Argusi. At noon all participants arrived in Breda and we started off with a kroketten lunch and company presentations of Argusi and DPD, followed by an explanation of the dataset. Once everything was clear, 15 participants divided into 4 teams started hacking the provided dataset of DPD.

Where some people got a clear idea where to focus on from the start, others first took a deep dive in the data before they determined the direction. Great to see how fast the participants got familiar with the data. The participants were allowed to use any tool they like so for some this were programming languages like R and Python while others preferred tools such as PowerBI and GIS.

Around 7 p.m. it was time for pizza. The pizzas gave the participants enough energy to hack all night long. Some participants went to bed around midnight and others hacked until the early morning. Around 5 a.m. also the last man standing decided to get some sleep, to wake up again at 7 a.m. After a couple of hours sleep and a decent breakfast the participants were fully charged to finalize their research and to combine all the new insights in a presentation.

The winners

At 11.30 it was presentation time. Each team gave a presentation of 15 minutes in which they showed their achievements and new insights. The presentations were judged by an expert panel consisting of Yannick Jacobs and Rob Swaans from DPD and Frans Cruijssen from Argusi.  It was interesting to see that each team focused on a different topic, from reduction of CO2 and bike delivery to improving hit rates and predicting delivery times. All teams were able to generate surprising and meaningful insights, but in the end there could only be one winner. This turned out to be the team of David, Lars and Koen from the TU Eindhoven. They created heatmaps to show hit rates and the reliability of the predicted delivery time during the day and by combining open demographic data with the given dataset they also found new opportunities for DPD.

We would like to thank the participants for their hard work, valuable insights and their enthusiasm!

Building upon a very successful first edition, we are looking forward to the next hackathon at Argusi, because this hackathon event is here to stay!