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Hackathon & Algorithm Challenge

Invent Analytics is organizing a hackathon and algorithm challenge in cooperation with COMPEC.

The event will take place at Invent Analytics in ITU Arı 8 on May 6 and 7.

Challenge: Design an algorithm and create a basic decision-support system for the given business problem utilizing data-driven analysis, data visualization, and/or innovative apps.

Teams can be comprised of 2 to 5 people.


  • Ali Serdar Yakut – Turkish Airlines CIO
  • Barış Karakullukçu – Chief Data Officer, Turkcell
  • Prof. Gürhan Kök – Invent Analytics Founder

Team Prizes:

  • 1st place: 2000 TL
  • 2nd Place: 1000 TL
  • 3rd Place: 500 TL


  • May 6, 2017
  • 12:00 – 13:00 Event introduction
  • 13:00 – 14:00 Meet and greet
  • 18:00 – 19:00 Pizza dinner
  • May 7, 2017
  • 10:00 – 11:00 Breakfast
  • 13:00 – 17:00 Team presentations

COMPEC is a career club founded in 1994 at Boğaziçi University that works on areas like computer science, computer hardware, software, IT and the Internet technologies. The club aims to help students become skilled and educated individuals in computation and technology.

Apply here:

For detailed info:

Invent Analytics offices at ITU Teknokent ARI 8 (Maslak).


Q: What type of things should we build?
A: We have data-related business problems. Based on data provided, you may share your analysis and suggestions or create a cool, innovative and useful app out of it.

Q: What should I bring?
A: You should bring yourself, great ideas and a laptop.

Q: How the data will be provided?
A: We will provide the dataset as CSV files. You may also use any data from internet if you think it would be useful.

Q: Do I have to be on a team? What if I don’t have one?
A: No, but working in teams will typically allow you to get more done in the limited amount of time you’ll have.

Q: What language or platform can I use?
A: The choice is yours! You can choose ones you feel more comfortable.

Q: Do I need to be engineer to attend hackaton?
A: No, If you are interested in data-related problems and able to come up with suggestions to solve it, you’re welcome.

Q: What if I have no experience in data-analytics?
A: Not a problem. Moreover, you will have a chance to meet with field experts. It would be a great starting point.

Q: What if I don’t have an idea?
A: That’s normal. Most people don’t have an idea before they get to the event. But once you start talking to other people, you might come up with something. You can also work with somebody else on their idea if you like it.

Q: Will I annoy people if I ask them questions?
A: Not at all! It’s the complete opposite. Hackaton aimed specifically to encourage everyone to have fun and help each other. If you’re ever stuck on anything, go find a volunteer who might able to help and if not, they will almost certainly know who can.

Q: Will food be provided?
A: It wouldn’t be a hackathon without food!