Data-Driven Changemakers Datathon 2016

“Exciting, interesting, challenging….I’m in for the next event!”, said Louise Nebelsztein, Datathon participant, and thus summed up the feelings of the majority of participants after the event. To find out more about our very first Data-Driven Changemakers Datathon that took place on 11-13 November, 2016 at CERGE-EI and welcomed 49 students from the region read our blog post.

Download overview of the final Datathon projects


Main organizer: CERGE-EI

In cooperation with: CCEA and ARCHIP

Venue: CERGE-EI, Politických vězňů 7, Prague 1

Time: Friday 11 November from 13:00 - 19:00, Saturday 12 November from 9:00 - 19:00 and Sunday 13 November from 9:00 to 15:00. 


The theme of the Datathon is “Active public space”. The participants will analyse Prague city data (which will be given) to conceptualize practical solutions for:

  • Urban Movements
  • Diverse City
  • Bottom-up Impact




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Guest Speakers 

Watch all the presentations of the Datathon 2016 here 

Gabriel Ahlfeldt – London School of Economics and Political Science

Gabriel Ahlfeldt is an Associate Professor in Urban Economics and Land Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to joining the Department of Geography and Environment at LSE in October 2009, he earned his PhD in Economics from the University of Hamburg and worked as a research assistant for the Free University of Berlin. Dr. Ahlfeldt is the program director of the MSc Real Estate Economics & Finance and contributor to the MSc Regional and Urban Planning Studies. His research concentrates on the effect of large transport projects and architectural developments on housing prices, local political preferences and urban structure. See Gabriel Ahlfeldt’s full biography

Bernhard Sommer – University of Applied Arts in Vienna

Bernhard Sommer is an Assistant Professor at the University of Applied Arts, department of Energy Design, and continuously teaches building physics at the University of Innsbruck and sustainable design at the Technical University of Gratz and the University of Cagliari. He is founder and principal of the architectural practice EXIKON arc & dev, specializing in the use of latest design technologies with the goal of early integration of scientific knowledge into the design proces. See Bernhard Sommer‘s full biography

Mathilde Marengo – Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia

Mathilde Marengo earned her PhD in Architecture from the Faculty of Architecture in Genoa. During her academic career she collaborated in several research projects investigating territorial and contemporary urban transformations and in a project focusing on urban recycling as the generator for new infrastructure and creativity in urban contexts. See Mathilde Marengo’s full biography

Lucie Stejskalová - Prague Institute of Planning and Development

Lucie graduated from the Academy of Architecture and Design in Prague. She works in Strategy and Policy Department at Prague Institute of Planning and Development (IPR). Department recently completed Strategic plan for Prague 2030. Lucie focuses on strategic planning and urban development, especially on the way urban strategies are implemented. In 2014 she published a book Thinking City: Contemporary Urban Strategies.

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Further Information 

Download presentation from Datathon Kick-off event where you can find out more about the event. Access the detailed overview of the data sets and topics and questions, Lean Kickbox Canvas template and see the schedule of the event. Get to know mentors and jury members

To find out more about Lean Canvas method, watch instructional video in English or in Czech

Who are we looking for?

Bachelor and master students interested in working with data and / or topics related to urban development. We do not expect you to have much experience of working with data however you should have a knowledge of using Microsoft Excel.

What is the aim of the datathon?

To give you hands-on experience solving a real urban development problem using data analysis skills. You will choose a topic that interests you (from one of the following areas: urban movement, diverse city, bottom-up impact), form a team with other students and spend three days solving the case. At the end of the challenge you will present your findings to the judges. Members of the winning team will each receive a 1,000 USD scholarship for our MA in Applied Economics program and ARCHIP will also offer a 1,000 USD tuition discount for their masters program, further information can be found here

What happens after Datathon?

Datathon will be followed by a specific intervention scheme to improve a public space in Prague. The Datathon participants will develop a proposal for an intervention scheme, based on their analysis conducted during Datathon. This intervention will be installed and its impact tested within 2-3 months after the Datathon event in a specific location in Prague. It is anticipated the intervention should improve the quality of the city’s public space and inhabitants experience of living in and moving around the city. Moreover, it will present how data can be used to solve a problem in order to improve society. The Datathon participants who were involved in proposing the intervention, will be welcome to continue working on the intervention after the Datathon event to make it ready for installation.

I have no experience of working with data. Can I apply?

Yes, however we strongly recommend you take part in our kick-off event on 1 November at 18:00 at CERGE-EI, preparing you for the Datathon event.

What will be provided?

Lunch and refreshments will be provided throughout the event. On Saturday there will be an after party in the CERGE-EI student club. Free wifi is available throughout the building.

What you need to bring

You will need to bring your own laptop. In case you want to sleep over at CERGE-EI during the event, please bring a sleeping mat and sleeping bag.

I am not from Prague, where can I stay overnight?

You can stay overnight for free at CERGE-EI. You will need to bring your own sleeping mat and sleeping bag. Toilets and showers are available in the building.