DataFest 2019

Friday, March 22, 2019 - 5:00pm to Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 4:00pm


DataFest ASU


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DataFest is a nationally-coordinated undergraduate competition in which teams of two to five students work over a weekend to extract insight from a rich and complex data set. Previous years’ data sets have included crime data from the Los Angeles Police Department, dating data from eHarmony, energy use data from GridPoint, and sales data from Ticketmaster. This year’s data set will be revealed at the opening of the event on Friday evening. At the conclusion of the competition, each team will have five minutes to make a presentation to our panel of judges. In addition to a Best in Show award, we will give awards such as Best Visualization and Best Use of External Data.

Learn  Representatives from the local ASA chapter will present details and answer questions about the 48-hour data competition.

Analyze  DataFest introduces you to what is likely the richest, most complex dataset you’ve seen so far in your undergraduate career. The dataset is provided by a real-life organization and is chosen to provide many avenues of discovery. Students at any stage of their data science education will find something of interest and will have the opportunity to make an original finding. Students from any major are welcome.

Network  Mingle with data science professionals who visit DataFest to offer their advice and answer your questions. Many professionals find DataFest to be a great recruiting opportunity; they get to watch talented undergraduate students work under pressure in a team and examine their thinking process.

Experience  Past participants of DataFest have gone to job interviews able to describe technical challenges overcome, explain how they work under time-pressure, and talk about their thoughts on solving real-life data problems.

DATAFEST 2019 SAMPLE SCHEDULE (subject to change)

Friday, March 22 
WXLR A21 (lower level)

5:00pm - check-in
5:30pm - opening night dinner and kickoff
6:00pm - welcome and introduction of data set
6:30pm - 10:00pm teams start working together

Saturday, March 23

8:30am - 10:00pm teams work together

Sunday, March 24

8:30am - 1:00pm teams work together
1;00pm - team presentations to judging panel
2:00pm - judging deliberations and desserts for teams
3:00pm - awards presentation



Experts working in industry, as well as graduate students in statistics and data science, are needed as mentors during the competition. Register to help out as a mentor!



Sponsorship packages are available.

For questions or more information, contact:

J. Rodney Jee
President of the Arizona Chapter of American Statistical Association

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Rhonda Olson
Manager of Marketing and Communication, ASU School of Math and Stats

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