POSTPONED - DataFest 2020

Friday, March 20, 2020 - 5:00pm to Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 4:00pm
Wexler Hall - ASU Tempe campus


DataFest ASU


Beginning March 13, 2020, for the next 30 days, all events on any ASU campus or in any ASU building that are not directly related to the educational or research mission of the university are canceled in order to limit the community spread of COVID-19. Before attending a previously scheduled event on an ASU campus or in an ASU building, please check with the event organizer or look for an update online.

DataFest at ASU 2020 is postponed until further notice. 

DataFest at ASU 2020 is postponed until further notice. Continue to check this event webpage for updates. Registered students and mentors will be notified by email.



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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 2020 SAMPLE SCHEDULE (subject to change)

Friday, March 20 
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 21

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

Sunday, March 22

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 also 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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