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SAS Hackathon Winners Solve Big Problems Through AI

by Tanu Sri

The winners of the SAS global Hackathon delivered solutions to vexing problems by using big data AI. Teams from across the globe used cloud-native SAS Viya advanced analytics, Microsoft Azure, and other tools to improve people’s lives, enhance businesses and promote a healthy planet.

Throughout March, analytics leader SAS brought together hundreds of curious minds for the virtual Hackathon. The competition challenged data scientists, technology enthusiasts, and business visionaries in a host of industries to apply technology to solve real-world business and humanitarian problems.

SAS will name overall global winners in three categories – Industry, Data for Good, and Startups – at this week’s virtual SAS Global Forum 2021.

In addition to recognition, several teams will earn an invitation to partner with SAS to commercialize their ideas. These selected teams will have continued complimentary access to SAS Viya on Azure, expert guidance, and resources and support to further develop their applications.

“We launched our hackathons to inspire and innovate and help society and business,” said Bob Messier, Senior VP of Customer Engagement and Support at SAS. “The diverse teams in this global Hackathon sparked new ideas while addressing nearly 100 unique use cases. As a technologist, I’m amazed by the broad range of analytics technologies they used. All the teams deserve special recognition and thanks for their hard work and contributions.”

SAS announced regional winners for the Americas; Asia Pacific; and Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA); as well as winners in the specific industry and technology sub-categories. The winners were chosen by more than 50 expert judges.

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