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Darla Moore School of Business


The Data for Good hackathon is a project-based data competition open to all University of South Carolina students. The hackathon offers the chance for amateur data enthusiasts to tackle real-world problems with guidance from professionals. The top five projects will be invited to the Moore School to present during the symposium and to compete for cash prizes.

Participants will work on a project over a five-week sprint period. During this time, they must build a functioning application prototype OR submit a data science project or report with recommendations geared towards a front office or adoption counselors. Participants must use pet-level and/or event-level pet adoption data provided by Final Victory Animal Rescue to develop their projects. Participants may also use any other publicly available data set to enhance their projects.

Participants must register for the competition as individuals but may compete either alone or in teams of up to four (4) people. Upon registering for the hackathon, they will be invited to join a Microsoft Teams community, where they can meet fellow contestants and mentors, form teams, and engage in related hackathon programming.


Winning teams out of the finalists will receive cash prizes for their projects:

  • First place: $1,500
  • Second place: $1,000
  • Third place: $500

Participation Eligibility

The purpose of this hackathon is to promote Data for Good by offering amateur analytics enthusiasts an opportunity to tackle real-world problems with guidance from professionals. The only requirement is you must be a current student at University of South Carolina.


Date/Time Period Event
Sept. 9 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  IBM Cloud Workshop 
1 p.m.  Data for Good Hackathon Kickoff
Sept. 9-23 Registration and Team Formation
Sept. 24-Oct. 29 Build Period
Oct. 30-Nov. 3 Judging
Nov. 4 Finalists Notified
Nov. 11 Finalists at the Moore School

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.