Local weather and Sustainability Hackathon—Meet the Judges!

Again in October, we announced the first-ever Cloudera Climate and Sustainability Hackathon, powered by AMD. The Hackathon was meant to offer knowledge science specialists with entry to Cloudera machine learning to develop their very own Accelerated Machine Studying Mission (AMP) centered on fixing one of many many environmental challenges dealing with the world at present. 

Greater than 2,300 knowledge scientists competed within the Local weather and Sustainability Hackathon—a report variety of Cloudera Hackathon members for an extremely vital trigger. And that report quantity meant onerous work for our judging panel, who had been tasked with evaluating the almost 200 modern AMPs that our members created to find out the highest three winners.

The judging course of happened over two phases from October 2023 to March 2024. Within the first section, the judges awarded factors based mostly on uniqueness and innovation of the concept and the issue it might remedy; the strategy to how the challenge would make use of machine studying; the articulated advantages to the setting; and the way differentiated the answer was from different functions. In section two, the judges additional narrowed the submission pool by evaluating the code high quality, internet utility high quality, and potential affect of the AMP.

The end result? Three extremely inspiring initiatives able to focusing on a few of our most urgent local weather challenges. However you’ll have to remain tuned to seek out out simply who these winners are after we announce this week.

Within the meantime, get to know a number of the judges who made this Hackathon so successful.

Jake Bengtson

Jake is the Technical Evangelism Director at Cloudera, the place he focuses on demonstrating how Cloudera’s Lakehouse helps Generative AI and the complete knowledge lifecycle. His journey in Cloudera started as a Senior Product Advertising Supervisor over machine studying lifecycle merchandise. Jake beforehand honed his expertise at ExxonMobil, beginning as a Knowledge Scientist and finally progressing to a Knowledge Science and Analytics Answer Architect function. As well as, he held the function of Senior Knowledge Scientist and Knowledge Science Supervisor at FarmersEdge, including a startup and geospatial aspect to his expertise.

Mike Hower

Mike Hower is a sustainability communication chief with expertise on either side of the rostrum — as a journalist and communication strategist for main world firms. Because the founder and fractional sustainability communication govt at Hower Influence, Mike works intently with firms to translate their sustainability technique into tales that stick whereas navigating the dangers and alternatives of an evolving communications panorama. Mike has served as a communication strategist at each giant and small consultancies, together with Edelman, and has led in-house communication efforts at mission-driven startups. Mike shares insights and concepts as a LinkedIn influencer, writing his ENGAGE publication and weblog, and internet hosting “The Sustainability Communicator” podcast.

Debbie Kruger

Debbie is the Director of Inner Communications and Social Influence at Cloudera, the place she’s led modern methods in social affect and worker engagement for the previous two years. With a background spanning from company giants like Marsh & McLennan Firms and Verizon to trend retailer ANN INC., Debbie brings cross-industry expertise growing impactful CSR initiatives that leverage company assets to make sustainable and long-lasting impacts on firms, local weather, and communities.

Vijay Sudan

Vijay is a seasoned company accountability and sustainability govt with expertise main world environmental sustainability technique for 3 totally different Fortune 100 firms, most not too long ago at The Walt Disney Firm. Beforehand, he managed world Social Influence initiatives for twenty first Century Fox and led Information Company’s World Power Initiative, serving to them to turn into the primary carbon-neutral world media firm in 2010.

Yi-Hsun Tsai

Yi-Hsun Tsai is a Senior Engineering Supervisor of the Enterprise AI Platform group at Cloudera, the place he has led the group constructing the Enterprise AI & ML platform for supporting end-to-end machine studying & Generative AI operations. Previous to Cloudera, Yi-Hsun was a founding group member of Sense, which later turned the Cloudera Knowledge Science Workbench and Cloudera Machine Studying, in addition to a founding group member of the Publish TV video group at Washington Publish and constructed the Publish TV platform for serving reside streaming or video on demand from the Washington Publish newsroom. Yi-Hsun holds a Grasp of Science in Engineering in Pc and Data Science from the College of Pennsylvania. Initially from Taiwan and now based mostly in San Francisco, Yi-Hsun enjoys touring across the globe together with his spouse and his six-year-old son when he’s not constructing the subsequent era of Enterprise AI platform together with his group.

Test in subsequent week for the winner announcement and study extra about Cloudera’s AMD neighborhood here.  

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