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March 6, 2020
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Winner of 2020 WiDS Datathon to Predict ICU Survival

Winner of 2020 WiDS Datathon to Predict ICU Survival

Oleg Panichev, a Researcher and a member of Ciklum’s Data & Analytics Team, took 2nd place with his team in the 2020 WiDS Datathon. 

At the Stanford Women in Data Science Conference (WiDS) on the 2nd of March, the team from Ukraine ‘nullset’ won 2nd place in the 2020 WiDS Datathon. Among other winners a team from Israel Women Power that took 1st place and Prevision.io from France that owned 3rd place. The datathon competition of the year 2020 has gathered 951 teams from approximately 85 countries.

Members of the team ‘nullset’:  Oleg Panichev and Iryna Ivanenko

The datathon, which focused on patient health, offered its participants the data from Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to develop their models for survival prediction. Participants got access to data from more than 130,000 hospital ICU visits and were able to compare the performance of their models through a public leaderboard on Kaggle. Given the statistics of approximately 500,000 ICU deaths annually in the U.S. alone, the insights derived from this data exploration has the potential to make significant improvements on a global scale.

The WiDS datathon aimed to encourage women to sharpen their data science skills through a predictive analytics challenge focused on social impact and solving of global problems.“The WiDS datathon has been successful in training and engaging many more women in predictive analytics challenges. […] In 2020, over 80 percent of participants in the WiDS Datathon identify as female–compared to the normal Kaggle competition that has less than 20 percent women,” said Karen Matthys, Executive Director, External Partners at Stanford’s Institute for Computational & Mathematical Engineering (ICME) and Co-Director of the WiDS initiative.

The team from Ukraine has started to compete in the WiDS datathon since its establishment in 2018. “We first teamed up to compete three years ago and actually placed 5th at the WiDS Datathon in 2018,”. “That was a good start, but today we’re so happy to finish in second place out of a field of such impressive competition. As a Data Science Lead at Women Who Code Kyiv, which organized the WiDS Kyiv 2018 event, I’ve seen first hand how these WiDS events encourage women in the field.” said Iryna Ivanenko from team ‘nullset’.

Women Who Code meetup at Ciklum office in Kyiv

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