Malaysia’s CADS wins global datathon challenge

KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 12): Kuala Lumpur-based the Center of Applied Data Science (CADS) recently won the world's first Datathon .

The participants, comprising four members from CADS' data science team, were selected as winners from 30 teams around the world, with 24 of the top teams entering the semi-finals.

Organised by the Data Science Society, the participants were given five cases to choose from; two Predictive Analytics cases, an Internet-of-Things (IoT) case, a classification case and a retail case. The CADS team succeeded in solving the Kaufland Case which fell under the IoT category. The winners received a one-year membership to the Data Science Society.

In a statement Dec 10, CADS founder and chief executive officer Sharala Axryd said data science is a team sport and the components are there – cross-functional collaboration, combined expertise, a strategic approach and precise execution.

She added that people are 2.33 times more valuable than technology.

“Competing in industry competitions, such as the Global Datathon, will greatly contribute towards honing our team's knowledge and skillsets as well as establish an internationally-recognized benchmark.

“Through our win, we have proven that Malaysia is highly capable of producing talented data scientists who can succeed on the world stage across industries,” she said.

Sharala said every effort embarked on in building game-changing data science talent in the nation is aligned with the Malaysian government's ‘Industry4WRD' aspiration.

“The Industry 4.0 blueprint's objective is to make Malaysia the one-stop center for smart manufacturing, prime destination for high-tech industries and a total solution provider for the manufacturing sector and services in the region, all of which are in line with what we aspire to do.

“It is towards this end that we are focusing on nurturing data professionals and to be in the driver's seat of Malaysia's digital transformation,” she said.

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