Women's Hack for Safety by Agence Française de Développement
$1,000 USD
Can you predict which women are at highest risk of being made a victim of a crime in South Africa?
208 data scientists enrolled, 130 on the leaderboard
10 April
8.5 hours

Please note that this is a women’s-only hackathon, intended as a safe space for women to practice and learn from each other. Any men found on the leaderboard will be disqualified. We will check identity documents and conduct interviews with participants during and after the hackathon.

Welcome to the Zindi Women's Hack! This is a one-day virtual hackathon for the women data scientists of the Zindi community. Note that the dataset and leaderboard will be open for just one day on 10 April 2021. Review the Timeline section for the day's schedule. We encourage you to join us on the livestream on the day of the hackathon. See you then!

How to prepare for the hackathon

  1. Practice on a challenge and make your first Zindi submission. Watch this YouTube video.
  2. Make a team in preparation for UmojaHack. Watch this YouTube video.

South Africa has one of the highest crime rates in Africa, with approximately 2 million crimes reported every year. Women experience crime and are vulnerable to crime in different ways from men. Studies find that while men in South Africa are more likely to be a victim of any type of crime in general, women are more likely to be a victim of particular types of crime, including sexual assault and property damage, and on average feel more unsafe than their male counterparts.

We are calling on the women in data science to explore this issue with us. This challenge calls on you to build a machine learning model that predicts a woman’s level of risk of being victimized by a crime given basic information about her and her life.

About Agence Française de Développement (afd.fr/en)

The Agence Française de Développement (AFD) Group funds, supports and accelerates the transition to a fairer and more sustainable world. Focusing on climate, biodiversity, peace, education, urban development, health and governance, our teams carry out more than 4,000 projects in France’s overseas departments and territories and another 115 countries. In this way, we contribute to the commitment of France and French people to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

About DataFirst (datafirst.uct.ac.za)

DataFirst is a research data service dedicated to giving open access to data from South Africa and other African countries. We promote high quality research by providing the essential Open Research Data infrastructure for discovering and accessing data and by developing skills among prospective users, particularly in South Africa. We undertake research on the quality and usability of national data and encourage data usage and data sharing.

About StatsSA (statssa.gov.za)

StatsSA’s vision is to improve lives through data ecosystems and to transform the production, coordination and use of statistics through optimization, partnerships and innovation.