COVID-19 Houston Response Projects (CHRP) is a data science competition that the Rice DataSci Club and the D2K Lab are hosting to encourage all Rice students, grad and undergrad, to get involved in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students are encouraged to use their data science and computing skills to help solve a number of pressing local challenges. The competition will consist of weekly submissions with ongoing, multiple cash prizes and the opportunity to present at the D2K Virtual Showcase to compete for larger prizes. There is up to $5k in prize money on the line for multiple groups to win. As there are numerous emergent questions which require data science solutions, we are asking you to come together (virtually) to solve them and make an impact in our community!
COVID-19 or coronavirus is a novel virus that is currently infecting then killing at an exponential rate. The virus is causing major disruptions due to its deadly nature, potential to overwhelm healthcare systems, and social, economic and political upheaval.
Houston currently has thousands of confirmed cases and 24 deaths. Although the numbers are currently low, there is growing concern Houston could soon be greatly affected because of the city’s proximity to New Orleans, the city with the current fastest growth rate.
Identify actionable insights with respect to novel coronavirus. The scope of your investigation is totally up to you but we are providing data specific to the Houston community.
The competition will consist of 2 weekly submission opportunities, as well as a final submission at the D2K virtual showcase. You can change your team or topic week to week. Teams may include up to 4 people, and the competition is open to all Rice students, undergrad and grad. You will be judged by the impact, actionability, and technical rigor of your work. Rice faculty will serve as judges. Teams will need a GitHub repo which they will use to submit their findings.
Declaration of intent to participate in D2K showcase and info submitted (04/20/20 5 PM)
D2K virtual showcase (04/22/20 5 PM - 7 PM)
We’re launching a CHRP Slack. This will be the primary means of communication during the competition, so other people can see what you’re working on and get excited too! You MUST join the Slack to compete.
Up to 3 groups each week will win $50 per team member
1st Place - $200 per team member
2nd Place - $100 per team member
Impact Awards - Several groups will win $50 per team member
D2K Virtual Showcase
You can present your work at the D2K Virtual Showcase on April 22nd, 5-7pm
By April 20th, you must submit your team name, a small thumbnail image (optional) to a link to your Github repo.
Recipe for Success
Join the slack to meet other interested Rice students and faculty mentors.
Post in the #covid19-team-forming channel:
Name, residential college, year, major, skills, and ideas (wrt this project)
Form some groups with friends / people with similar interests.
Make a Slack channel for your group to chat in. Decide on a designated point of contact for your group and have them ping gabe / emily / cole to let us know what type of stuff you’re going to work on. (See links below for resources / how to get started.)
Post a weekly update in the #covid19-weekly-updates channel with a link to your Github repo every Friday by 12PM CDT. STARTING THIS FRIDAY (4⁄10)!!
Description: This is a catalog of Houston community-centric data sets that are typically downloadable as CSVs. All different types of data sets are available such as data sets on businesses, housing, education, and the climate. A great initial data set available on this site to check out is the Harris county American Community Survey (ACS) 2017 data. This data set is from the census and provides demographic data such as income, language fluency, age, and race information about Harris county neighborhoods.