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New Weekend Hackathon For Data Scientists: Concept-A-Thon — Chartered Data Scientist

MachineHack is challenging the data science community on a curated mock test for a Chartered Data Scientist Certification.
New Weekend Hackathon For Data Scientists: Concept-A-Thon — Chartered Data Scientist

MachineHack is back again with yet another exciting hackathon, but this time with a twist. This weekend the data science community is challenged on a curated mock test for a Chartered Data Scientist Certification.

This week’s challenge is a part of MachineHack Weekend Hackathon Edition #2 — The Last Hacker Standing. We pose unique problem statements every week, from 30 July to 9 September 2021, to test you over various aspects of being a Data Scientist.


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The world is about building new paradigms to challenge old ways of thinking. With this new hackathon, MachineHack intends to do the same in the data science skills assessments domain. Traditional data science hackathons are typically designed to test data engineering and data modelling skills. However, have data scientists ever been tested on their concepts in a time-bound manner? 

Here, MachineHack presents the newest innovation in this space.

Research has repeatedly proven that time-bound tests are very effective in many ways, which is why many competitive exams across the world employ this method. A time-bound test is usually designed to assess skills such as conceptual understanding, out of the box thinking, presence of mind, time management, and the ability to perform under pressure.

Problem Statement and Description

In this current era of rapid upskilling, there is a clutter of certifications for data science enthusiasts to choose from, but one would never know which ones are really appreciated by the industry. This remains a huge question for data scientists to address and prepare accordingly.

In this week’s challenge, MachineHack is asking data scientists to attempt the finely curated mock test for a Chartered Data Scientist Certification.

The Chartered Data Scientist, by the Association of Data Scientists (ADaSci), is a self-study program culminating in an exam. Candidates passing this exam will be one step closer to becoming a CDS charter holder. The Chartered Data Scientist (CDS) credential tests an individual on a solid understanding of the advanced data science profession and in-depth, applied analytics skills.

Here’s the mock test for a very rigorous exam, including 150 multiple choice questions that need to be answered in three hours. This test has no negative marking.

Click here to participate.

The hackathon will start on 27 August at 8:00 PM (IST)

Skills required to participate in the CDS Mock Test are:

  • Probability theory, statistics, and linear algebra
  • Data engineering and databases
  • Exploratory data analysis
  • Supervised and unsupervised learning
  • Neural networks and deep learning
  • Natural language processing
  • Computer vision
  • Data science fundamentals like basic/advanced mathematics, statistics, and machine learning knowledge

Evaluation Criteria

The leaderboard will populate the final test scores based on the highest score.

Click here to participate.

The hackathon will end on 2 September at 6:00 PM (IST)


The top five winners of this concept-a-thon will get free passes to attend the biggest two-day conference on deep learning — the Deep Learning DevCon 2021 (DLDC), to be held on 23-24 Sept 2021.

Start Date: 27 August 2021 at 8:00 PM

End Date: 2 September 2021 at 6:00 PM

Click here to participate in this hackathon.

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