I started my first data challenge which takes place the this month (March).
The NYC Foster Care Data Challenge is open to all levels so I decided to join. It requires a minimum of 2 team members, luckily I emailed the coordinator and she connected me with someone who was also in need of a partner.The sponsors are Paxata and Authorea. Paxata is a software that allows you to prepare your data without code! I'm still learning what that all means, but it seems that it allows you to upload different forms of data and can clean up and organize your data so that you are ready to move on to the next steps. Authorea allows you to collaborate when reading, writing or publishing research. We will be using both platforms in the competition.
The challenge includes analyzing data and writing a 500-1000 essay on our approach, methods and results.
I will continue writing blog post to about my progress throughout this month as I complete the data challenge.