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Any data scientist worth their salary will tell you that you should start with a question, NOT the data. Unfortunately, data hackathons often lack clear problem definitions. Most companies think that if you can just get hackers, pizza, and data together in a room, magic will happen. This is the same as if Habitat for Humanity gathered its volunteers around a pile of wood and said, “Have at it!” By the end of the day you’d be left with a half of a sunroom with 14 outlets in it.

Jake Porway on how You Can’t Just Hack Your Way to Social Change (via adamlaiacano)

I don’t think this problem is restricted to data hackathons.

(via buzz)

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