HSE Students Win at the Open Data Hackathon
HSE students won prizes in several categories at the 2 day Data.gov.ru Hackathon #2 at the Analytical Centre for the Government of the Russian Federation.
|Sergey Ustinov won best social tool prize|
More than 150 people from all over the country took part in this marathon for programmers. 32 teams spent two days developing prototypes for unique apps and tools using datasets on, among other places, Open Data Portal Russia. The competition to create the best prototype for a mobile app or web tool working on the basis of open source data gave awards in six categories: best social app or service; best technical solution; best business app or tool; data visualisation; best second screen app.
Four MIEM HSE Informatics and Computer Technology students are in TeamGreece which won the prize for best business app or tool. Alissa Feodorchenko (team captain), Artyom Ivanov, Konstantin Sergeyev, Alexander Shebanin designed an app called Check goodswhich allows consumers to receive all the information about a product by reading the barcode on its packaging.
Sergey Ustinov on the HSE master’s in Public Administration programme was on the team which won the best social tool category.
His project is a tool which enables parents to see a lot of useful information in a simple format about any school, to help them make a sensible decision about where to send their child. The designers used data about schools from the data.mos.ru website, public reports from the schools’ websites, school leavers exam results, information on finances of public institutions from bus.gov.ru and data from social networks on applying for HEIs.
HSE has been involved in developing open data in Russia for more than a year. In 2012 HSE experts were commissioned to work up the first Concept for Open Data in Russia by the Ministry of Economic Development including a plan for measures (a road map) to create and roll it out. Three HSE experts are currently on the committee for open data and Vice Rector Andrey Zhulin is deputy to the chairman of the committee, Mikhail Abyzov.
HSE experts are monitoring the results of open data publications, the demand for them, and an evaluation of their socio-economic effects.
As part of the Moscow International Education Fair, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev met with students who won medals at the biggest programming competition in the world. This global contest recently reached its conclusion in Portugal, and the prize winners include HSE’s Faculty of Computer Science team.
On December 1st and 2nd, the semifinals of the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) for teams from the Northern Eurasia region were held. HSE teams from St. Petersburg (8th place) and the Moscow-based Faculty of Computer Science (13th place) received first class certificates. Furthermore, the teams will represent HSE at the finals, which will be held in Portugal next year.
In late October, students from the HSE School of Business Informatics organised the second Major League Hacking (MLH) hackathon hosted in Moscow. The participants of the event, which include students and alumni of Russian and foreign universities, developed IT solutions for Russian companies.
HSE University has maintained its leading position in the ranking compiled by the Russian Council for International Affairs. The ranking evaluated the websites of 65 Russian universities. HSE was awarded 104 points out of 108, increasing its position by 11 points on last year. HSE's closest rival ranked a further 17 points behind, which is a larger gap than previously.
Artur Davletshin, fourth-year student in Informatics and Computer Hardware and Software at MIEM HSE (supervisor Aleksandr Romanov, Associate Professor at the School of Computer Engineering) has won a scholarship for the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). Artur will attend the WWDC in San Jose, California, from June 4 – 8.
Major League Hacking (MLH) holds its events around the world, but this year is the first time MLH Local Hack Day is taking place in Russia thanks to the initiative of students from the Higher School of Economics. Participants of the hackathon developed IT solutions for some of Russia’s largest companies.
One of the teams successfully qualified for the world finals at the recent Northern Eurasia heat. The other will be attending the finals by special invitation.
A team from the HSE Faculty of Computer Science was one of the top-ranking teams in the semi-finals of a collegiate programming tournament held in St. Petersburg this year. HSE’s team will now compete in the finals of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, which is set to take place in the United States next May.
The HSE’s business incubator was recognized by the Internet Initiatives Development Fund (IIDF) as Incubator of the Year in the first youth internet entrepreneurship forum.