Hal R. Varian MIDS Capstone Award

During the final semester of the I School’s Master of Information and Data Science program, students undertake capstone projects which cement skills learned throughout the MIDS program — both core data science skills and “soft skills” like problem-solving, communication, influencing, and management — preparing students for success in the field.

Top projects in each semester are awarded the Hal R. Varian MIDS Capstone Award, named in honor of professor emeritus Hal R. Varian, the founding dean of the Berkeley School of Information and currently the chief economist of Google.


Spring 2017

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Mitigating online gender harassment through 1) user feedback, 2) empathetic innovation, and 3) data-science products
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YaBO! is a web portal to give restaurant owners the insights they need to become successful.

Fall 2016

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1st Place
A clinical decision-making tool that allows hospital staff and physicians to use predictive modelling to reduce diabetes readmissions.
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2nd Place
A toxic-substance data consolidation platform with easy access to your overall exposure levels of pollutants.

Summer 2016

The personal assistant to help you tick all your fitness goals!
1st Place
GoalTick - The personal assistant to help you tick all your fitness goals!

Spring 2016

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1st Place
Tomographica is an artificial intelligence tool for radiologists. With higher sensitivity and fewer false-positives than any offering currently on the market,...
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2nd Place
Assess the power of satellite images combined with weather data to predict yields and to do a comparative analysis of modeling strategies.

Fall 2015

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1st Place
Personalized recommendation engine using features gathered from Instagram images.
2nd Place
We use advanced statistical methods based on extensive historical data to predict player performance. Using probability distributions, we show how likely a...