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Newcastle University PhD Math student wins NWG Festival 2019 Hackathon

Jack Walton PhD Math student and his Jumping Rivers team mates win Every Second ​​​​​Counts! – Data Hack sponsored by Aiimi at NWG's Innovation Festival 2019.

Jack Walton, Newcastle University Math PhD student, successfully completed and won the Every Second Counts! – Data Hack sponsored by Aiimi alongside his Jumping Rivers teammates Sebastian Mellor and Andrew Balance at NWG’s Innovation Festival 2019 scooping the winning prize of £750.

The Every Second Counts! Data Hack challenge with Aiimi asked participants to figure out how they could turn every drop in our water supply networks into 24/7 data. Contestants needed to minimise interruptions to water supply and create an ‘always on’ customer service. To achieve the objective the partakers used cutting edge Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) which uses techniques to harness data to explore how to proactively handle interruption incidents. Existing monitoring equipment was also used to minimise interruptions to water supply.

Jack is currently undertaking a summer PhD student industry placement with Jumping Rivers, an analytics company whose passion is data science. Based in Newcastle and founded in 2016, the company is bringing a fresh approach to the world of data analytics. Jack is researching both snapshot based and real-time, remote monitoring solutions for data science infrastructure services. The work is directly contributing to the development of an automated reporting solution, a live dashboard, and resource usage and event alerting. The work requires novel research as the monitoring solution must gather information from several third-party systems that do not provide ready-made remote monitoring, and also be fully compatible with an R-based ecosystem already in use at Jumping Rivers.

Northumbrian Water Group’s Innovation Festival returned to Newcastle this summer with some of the most influential and innovative organisations from right across the globe to host the five day extravaganza. More than 3,000 people flooded through the gates of Newcastle Racecourse to take part in a series of sprints, challenges and quests alongside the likes of confirmed partners Microsoft, IBM, CGI, Ford, Wavin, O2, Reece, Aiimi, Wipro Topcoder, and the Institute of Civil Engineers.

Jack Walton & team
Andrew Balance, Jack Walton and Sebastian Mellor at NWG Innovation Festival 2019

published on: 6 August 2019