2019 Greater Central Florida Tech Faire + Hackathon

MARCH 29-31, 2019


The Challenge:

  1. given a large CSV file with time and latitude/longitude fields (among others), find the most efficient (wall-time) way to find all rows in the file whose lat/lon are within X miles of a given lat/lon and within X hours of a given time
    • CSV file: yellow_tripdata_2017-12.csv
  2. find a way to extract each table found in an excel xlsx file, across the various “sheets” - expect one table per sheet, but the table may not actually start at cell A1 - a table can be identified by the largest rectangle of cells all of which have values (text/numeric) - consider using a library for reading xlsx files
    • excel-data.xlsx
  3. given a CSV file, determine for each column whether it (appears to be) numeric, categorical, boolean - numeric = all values are numbers or missing or NA, boolean = all values are 1/0 or true/false or missing or NA, categorical is anything else
    • crx.data.txt
    • abalone.data.txt
    • breaches.csv
  4. given a dataset of tweets, find the number of retweets or mentions for each user who has been retweeted or mentioned; bonus points for plotting (bar chart) the numbers
    • data_elonmusk.csv
  5. create a chart of a cryptocurrency price over time; bonus points for making it interactive: clicking 1-day, 5-day, 30-day, etc.
    • coinbaseUSD_1-min_data_2014-12-01_to_2018-03-27.csv

Data: bit.ly/data-science-jamboree
Prizes: two winners, Seagate Expansion 1 TB External Hard Drive each.

A judge will examine solutions during regular hackathon judging.

About Us

An Event Like No Other

Stetson University is proud to announce our third annual hackathon (a 30-hour overnight coding event) in DeLand, Florida. Our new name, the Greater Central Florida Tech Faire + Hackathon shows that we are planning a larger and more elaborate event than traditional hackathons. This year, we are significantly expanding the number of activities, faculty lectures, and prizes.

Unprecedented Perks

Participate in a new CTF (capture the flag) security challenge designed by engineers at Apple. The winner of this competition gets a guaranteed interview with Apple!

Meet and Collaborate

Join and compete alongside talented and passionate peers and engineers from our sponsors. You will motivate and support each other to keep on learning! Team work empowers diversity of ideas which allow for astonishing accomplishments.



The Greater Central Florida Tech Faire + Hackathon will take place at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida on April 7 - 8th.

It lasts from Saturday Morning to Sunday afternoon!

Can I attend?

This event is open to any individual with a desire to learn and have a fun time. College and high school students are both encouraged to participate!

What if I get hungry?

We have more than enough food to keep you coding through the whole event! Special accommodations will be provided for those with dietary restrictions.

Do I need to bring anything?

Bring your student ID, laptop, chargers, a change of clothes, your resume, and toiletries. A pillow and sleeping bag may be useful as well. You do not have to bring a team, idea, food, or any drinks. Please leave anything illegal at home.

Minors (under 18 years old) will need to bring a chaperone. Details are provided on the sign up form.

How can I get there?

Florida hackers: We are currently working on getting busses to your schools! Keep registering and increase participant numbers from your school so we can make this happen!

Out-of-state hackers: We have a limited amount of travel grants this year, apply HERE by Thursday, March 29th 12:00 pm EDT.

What can I do?

Apart from the traditional 24-hour hackathon, the Greater Central Florida Tech Faire offers tons of activities including:

  • Capture the Flag - security challenge hosted by Apple - Win this challenge and get a guaranteed interview with Apple!
  • Tech talks by Stetson Computer Science faculty - cybersecurity, encryption, AI, big data
  • Corporate-sponsored coding challenges - earn prizes by writing code with their products
  • Code Golf - solve coding challenges with fewest lines of code
  • Data Science Jamboree - big data analysis challenges
  • Room of recursion rooms - a study roomhere every challenge involves recursion
  • Coding interview challenges - practice on a whiteboard in front of peers

... and more!

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Time Description
9:00 AM Check-in begins
11:00 M Opening Ceremonies
12:00 PM Hacking Begins
12:30 PM Lunch
2:00 PM Apple's Capture The Flag Begins
3:00 PM Tech talk: “How to Capture a Flag” - Dr. Daniel Plante
4:00 PM Code Golf Challenge
4:00 PM !Light Challenge
5:00 PM Tech talk: “Codec Wars” - Dr. Basar Koc
6:00 PM Dinner
6:00 PM Hammocking + Dinner in Palm Court
8:00 PM Tech talk: “​Easy-Bake AI” - Dr. Joshua Eckroth
9:30 PM Data Science Jamboree
10:30 PM Recursion room challenges
11:30 PM Cup Stacking
12:30 AM Midnight snack
1:30 AM Coding Interview Challenges
2:30 AM - 9:30 Obscure films
9:30 AM Breakfast
10:00 AM Tech talk: “Hiding Your Secret Data” - Dr. Hala ElAarag
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Therapy Dogs
11:00 AM Capture the Flag ends
12:00 PM Hacking ends
12:30 PM Expo
1:30 PM Lunch
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Closing Ceremonies

2018 Sponsors

Interested in sponsoring?
Contact us at hack@stetson.edu