A team of professors and students from the University Scholars Programme (USP) at NUS organised Data Journalism 2019 — USP’s first-ever data hackathon — from 16 to 17 February 2019 at Cinnamon College (USP), University Town.
In line with USP’s belief that applied learning should be accessible, inclusive and diverse in order to break down silos and allow for connections across disciplines, the hackathon was designed to be suitable for all students regardless of their technical background or expertise. The event aimed to challenge the perception that hackathons are the domain of computer programmers and software developers. With the explosion of data in the digital age, the ability to interpret data and communicate the insights to a broad audience is a valuable asset – one that combines the skills of good data scientists and journalists. By focusing on honing the skill of communicating data-driven insights, the organising team hoped to lower the perceived barriers of entry.