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International students in the finals of a Big Data Hackathon in France

Two teams of international students from École Polytechnique reached the finals of the 2018 Huawei Big Data Challenge in France and won a trip to China.

On November 9th, 2018, students from École Polytechnique participated in a 24-hour hackathon specialised in Big Data. The challenge took place in Paris and was also open to students from other institutions such as Centrale Supelec, ENS Paris-Saclay, the University Pierre and Marie Curie and ParisTech Group. Students had to process more than 150k data points to identify malware and propose an algorithm to improve cybersecurity.

Two teams from l’X reached the finals: SODA represented by four Chinese Students fully enrolled in the Ingénieur Polytechnicien Program and X-Force with three exchange students at l’École Polytechnique from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and one Master student from the University Pierre and Marie Curie (Paris VI).

For the finals, each team had to present their machine learning approach to a first-rate jury comprised of professors from the aforementioned universities and Huawei research scientists.

All finalist teams were awarded a trip to China where they visited Huawei’s headquarters in Shenzhen and Beijing, a mobile phone’s production site, the electronics market, and some famous Chinese heritage sites such as the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City and the Emperor's Summer Palace.

The X-Force team is very enthusiastic about this experience: “We are very fond of our decision to participate in the Hackathon and definitely consider it as one of the highlights of our 7-month stay at École Polytechnique. It gave us the chance to meet other students from different schools and nationalities with similar research interests and allowed us to visit China and learn about its culture and history while also getting insights into how they conduct business and research.”

L'X is very proud of the success of its international students who demonstrate their active implication in the institution’s activities.