The debate over working hours has become a frequent topic of discussion in recent years, especially as increasing numbers of modern industries (especially workplaces such as technology startups) find the traditional nine-to-five standard incompatible or irrelevant. Research and experiments – most notably those conducted in Scandinavia – have also contributed to the discussion, especially with regards to the idea that overworking can be unhealthy or dangerous.

However, the experiments and research have universally been concentrated on the developed world, with the circumstances of many countries remaining unexamined. To this end, Maksym Obrizan of the Kyiv School of Economics has been examining the issue in a wider context on his own.

On 27-28 May, ISET organized a Data Hackathon in the framework of the “Building Capacity in Modern Data Analysis in Georgia”, a project being carried out with Tartu University.

The attending students grouped into four teams, each of which discussed different problems and tried to find different solutions to a specific issue. Overall, the hackathon was an interesting practice experience with plenty of learning opportunities.

Each team was led by two students from the MDA Concentration. The participants were provided data to work with, and also benefited from the help of mentors who navigated group works.

The datasets were as follows:

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