Apteco announces Datathon Blog Competition

Posted: 02 Oct 2018

Datathon 2018

Stand a chance to win a Fitbit Flex 2!

Enter Apteco’s new Datathon Blog competition, being run in conjunction with the Apteco User Group Conference 2018 and you could win a Fitbit Flex 2 Wristband.

Throughout the year, Apteco have featured a variety of ‘Datathon blogs’ on the Apteco website, created by analysing various publicly available data sets, building Apteco FastStats® systems and interrogating the data to uncover valuable insights.

Now, it’s your turn!

Apteco are giving partners and users access to three Apteco FastStats® systems, to analyse the data and see what insights can be uncovered. Your findings can then be documented in the form of a blog post and entered into the Datathon Blog Competition.

Its quick and easy to enter – simply email datathon@apteco.com to get access details for the Apteco FastStats® systems and get analysing!

About the Apteco FastStats® systems

To make it even easier, Apteco has created three guides providing details about each system. The three systems are as follows:

1. Olympic Athletes

This is a dataset of all the Olympic athletes, the events they competed in and the countries they represented for all Olympic Games from 1896 up to, and including Rio 2016

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2. Flight Delays

Flight route information from the UK for the period 1995-2017. This dataset contains aggregated information on the numbers of flights and various measures of delays incurred

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3. MOT 

MOT test results and failure reasons from 2005-2016. This dataset contains information about the vehicles, MOT tests and reasons for failure.

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Competition details
  • Entrants must be an employee of an organisation with an Apteco FastStats® licence.
  • Submissions must include a blog post (max 2500 words) and can optionally include a storyboard/Orbit report.
  • Entrants may use any one of the 3 FastStats systems for each blog post. Entrants can submit blog posts from multiple systems should they wish to do so.
  • Entries will be judged by Apteco’s analytics team.
  • Please do not include any personally identifiable information in the blog. Entries will be anonymised before judging.
  • The deadline for entries is 5pm on Sunday 11th November 2018. 
  • Winners will be announced at the Apteco User Group Conference on 16th November.
  • Submissions will be judged on three criteria:
  1. Analytical insight – what interesting insights were discovered from the data? (40%)
  2. Use of Apteco FastStats® functionality (40%)
  3. Style – is the blog interesting to read? (20%)

Please note: Apteco may choose to publish the blogs received on the Apteco website. All blogs will be credited to the author. 

The prize

Datathon 2018The Fitbit Flex 2 wristband tracks your steps, distance, calories burned, active minutes, hourly activity, stationary time and syncs wirelessly to your phone. Fitbit flex 2 is the first swim-proof device from fitbit, meaning it is water resistant to 50 meters and it automatically tracks activities like running, sports and aerobic workouts. Flex 2 vibrates when you get calls and texts, and the discreet LED display flashes colour-coded lights. 

How to enter