DataFest (TM)

DataFest @Emory is back!  Emory will host its third DataFest data analysis competition this year.  Teams of up to five undergraduates have a weekend to attack a large and complex dataset. You'll be given a datase and all you have to do is find and communicate the interesting insights to a group of judges. The teams that impress the judges the most will win CASH prizes as well as glory. Everyone will have a great experience, lots of food, and a ton fun!

DataFest 2017 @Emory

Event Details

WHO can participate?

Any and all undergraduate students with an interest in data analysis can participate, but you must register.

WHEN is this happening?

ASA DataFest @ Emory will take place Friday, March 31 - Sunday, April 2, 2017

WHY should I get involved?

It's an amazing experience!  PLUS, there's glory, bragging rights, networking opportunities, and PRIZES!

DataFest @ Emory Schedule 

Friday - Clifton Road RM 230

5-6 pm Registration
6-7 pm Meet and greet the data
7 pm Dinner

Saturday - Math & Science Center E208

9 am Breakfast
12:30 pm Lunch
6:30 pm Dinner

Sunday - Math & Science Center E208

9 am

Breakfast
12:30 pm Stop work and lunch
1-4 pm Presentations and judges deliberations
4-5 pm Awards

Notes on logistics:

Meals and snacks will be provided all weekend long. Faculty and staff will be on site for assistance all weekend long. We will stay on campus Friday and Saturday night pretty much as late as you want to, but we will leave by midnight.

Current informaton about other participating institutions can be found here.

FAQS

Do students have to stay the entire time?

No. You may come and go as you please. However, you are not allowed to work on the project except while you are on DataFest (TM) grounds, and at least 3 members of your team must attend the introduction.

What were past DataFest (TM) competitions at Emory like?

This is the 3rd year QuanTM hosts the event at Emory.  Our first year participating was in 2014; it was a blast, followed by another great success in 2015 (you can see pictures scrolling through this page from that event).  We took a break last year, but are all in again this year hoping to make it even better than before!

While DataFest (TM) is a competition, the main goal of the event is to promote collaboration. Here is a testimonial from a DataFest (TM) 2015 participant at Emory:

"Datafest was a great opportunity to experience what real world data analysis entails. By getting the chance to work on a large company dataset, Datafest participants can understand the challenges and rewards of discovering insights from big data. Working in teams in Datafest also promoted a great sense of meaning and collaboration in our analysis work. Datafest was a rewarding experience that provides lots of help along the way so I encourage anyone interested in data analysis to come and participate."

Anything else I should know about DataFest? 

DataFest (TM) is a great opportunity to gain experience that employers are looking for. Having worked on a data analysis problem at this scale will certainly help make you a good candidate for any position that involves analysis and critical thinking, and it will provide a concrete example to demonstrate your experience during interviews.

What do I need to compete?

All you need is a laptop with tools for data analysis (there is no limitation on which software you use) and enthusiasm for data.

What are the rules of the competition?

The rules are very simple:

  • No more than five undergraduate members per team.
  • Team members can come and go as they please but all work has to be done on-site. A steady supply of food, beverage, and candy make it more inviting to stay. Students have gone full steam into the wee hours of the night/morning.  It's up to you!
  • It's a competition, but a friendly one, so collaboration between teams is not only allowed but highly encouraged. Official DataFest consultants (grad students, faculty, etc.) will also be around throughout the weekend to help with any questions you might have. However you can't have outside help. 

When you say prizes, what do you mean?

We're talking cash prizes for your team! 

  • Team with Best Insights wins $350
  • Team with Best Visualization wins $300
  • Team with Best use of external data wins $300

Questions?

Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions. Simply email IQTM@emory.edu and we will answer you as soon as possible.

DataFest 2015 @Emory

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WHAT: A weekend-long data analysis competition hosted by the QuanTM Institute. We give you the data set; you draw the interesting insights.

WHO: Any undergraduates interested in data can particpate! You can form your own team, or we can find you one.

WHEN: Friday, April 10th - Sunday, April 12th, 2015

WHY: Fame! Glory! Bragging rights! It's also a great networking opportunity! AND LOTS OF PRIZES!

DataFest Schedule

Friday

5-6 pm Registration
6-7 pm Meet and greet the data
7 pm Dinner

Saturday

9 am Breakfast
12:30 pm Lunch
6:30 pm Dinner

Sunday

9 am

Breakfast
12:30 pm Stop work and lunch
1-4 pm Presentations and judges deliberations
4-5 pm Awards

Meals and snacks will be provided all weekend long. Faculty and staff will be on site for assistance all weekend long. We will stay on campus Friday and Saturday night pretty much as late as you want to, but we will leave by midnight.

Current informaton about other participating institutions can be found here.

FAQS

Do students have to stay the entire time?

No. You may come and go as you please. However, you are not allowed to work on the project except while you are on DataFest (TM) grounds, and at least 3 members of your team must attend the introduction.

What were past DataFest (TM) competitions at Duke University like?

They were all great successes! You can read about DataFest (TM) 2012 here, DataFest (TM) 2013 here, and Datafest (TM) 2014 here.

Anything else I should know about DataFest? 

While DataFest (TM) is a competition, the main goal of the event is to promote collaboration. Here is a testimonial from a DataFest (TM) 2012 participant at Duke University:

"DataFest (TM) 2012 was an awesome experience. To me, the best part was working in a team of friends that I usually hung out with, but had not had a chance to work together intensively on a project. We enjoyed analyzing the situations and solving problems together for our client. At the end of the day, we just got to know each other better. It was also fun to interact with other teams to explore other approaches while keeping in mind that we were in competition. The fact that we were given a huge amount of data really challenges us to come up with creative and practical approaches. Another important part was the presentation. Every team had to explain well to the judges their objectives and solutions. Our team won the Best Visualization award which is really awesome. Lastly, the food was fantastic."

DataFest (TM) is also a great opportunity to gain experience that employers are looking for. Having worked on a data analysis problem at this scale will certainly help make you a good candidate for any position that involves analysis and critical thinking, and it will provide a concrete example to demonstrate your experience during interviews.

What do I need to compete?

All you need is a laptop with tools for data analysis (there is no limitation on which software you use) and enthusiasm for data.

What are the rules of the competition?

The rules are very simple:

  • No more than five undergraduate members per team.
  • Team members can come and go as they please but all work has to be done on-site. A steady supply of food, beverage, and candy make it more inviting to stay. Last year while most students went home by 1am on Friday night, by the same time on Saturday night, teams were still going full-steam.
  • It's a competition, but a friendly one, so collaboration between teams is not only allowed but highly encouraged. Official DataFest¿ consultants (grad students, faculty, etc.) will also be around throughout the weekend to help with any questions you might have. However you can't have outside help. 

Questions?

Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions. Simply email IQTM@emory.edu and we will answer you as soon as possible.

Other DataFests (TM) around the country:

In past years Duke, UNC, NCSU, and UCLA have held parallel competitions, and Duke's DataFest (TM) organizers aim to make it an annual event that includes as many schools as possible. If you are interested in holding DataFest (TM) at your institution, send an email to Mine Çetinkaya-Rundel at Duke University to get more information.

DataFest 2014 @Emory

DataFest (TM) 2014 Information

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Who can compete?

Any undergraduate at Emory University. All members of the team must be undergraduates. Teams can have no more than 5 people.

How do I register?

Each member of the team must register separately by emailing IQTM@emory.edu. Ideally, you will have already chosen a team name, but this can be changed later. If you'd like to compete but don't have a team, send us an email at IQTM@emory.edu and we'll link you up with other students who are looking for teammates.

Seats are limited, so please register early. Registration is free. The deadline for registration is Friday, March 21st, 2014.

Do we have to stay the entire time?

No. You may come and go as you please. However, you are not allowed to work on the project except while you are on DataFest (TM) grounds, and at least 3 members of your team must attend the introduction.

What were past DataFest (TM) competitions at Duke University like?

They were both a great success! You can read about DataFest (TM) 2012 here, and DataFest (TM) 2013 here.  

What can I win?

Cash prizes, fame, glory, or some combination thereof... And you get a t-shirt!

Anything else I should know about DataFest? 

While DataFest (TM) is a competition, the main goal of the event is to promote collaboration. Here is a testimonial from a DataFest (TM) 2012 participant at Duke University:

"DataFest¿ 2012 was an awesome experience. To me, the best part was working in a team of friends that I usually hung out with, but had not had a chance to work together intensively on a project. We enjoyed analyzing the situations and solving problems together for our client. At the end of the day, we just got to know each other better. It was also fun to interact with other teams to explore other approaches while keeping in mind that we were in competition. The fact that we were given a huge amount of data really challenges us to come up with creative and practical approaches. Another important part was the presentation. Every team had to explain well to the judges their objectives and solutions. Our team won the Best Visualization award which is really awesome. Lastly, the food was fantastic."

DataFest (TM) is also a great opportunity to gain experience that employers are looking for. Having worked on a data analysis problem at this scale will certainly help make you a good candidate for any position that involves analysis and critical thinking, and it will provide a concrete example to demonstrate your experience during interviews.

What do I need to compete?

All you need is a laptop with tools for data analysis (there is no limitation on which software you use) and enthusiasm for data.

What are the rules of the competition?

The rules are very simple:

  • No more than five undergraduate members per team.
  • Team members can come and go as they please but all work has to be done on-site. A steady supply of food, beverage, and candy make it more inviting to stay. Last year while most students went home by 1am on Friday night, by the same time on Saturday night, teams were still going full-steam.
  • It's a competition, but a friendly one, so collaboration between teams is not only allowed but highly encouraged. Official DataFest¿ consultants (grad students, faculty, etc.) will also be around throughout the weekend to help with any questions you might have. However you can't have outside help.

Event details:

DataFest (TM) 2014 starts on Friday, April 4th, 2014 and will end on Sunday, April 6th, 2014. 
 
Questions?

Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions. Simply email IQTM@emory.edu and we will answer you as soon as possible.

Other DataFests (TM) around the country:

In past years Duke, UNC, NCSU, and UCLA have held parallel competitions, and Duke's DataFest (TM) organizers aim to make it an annual event that includes as many schools as possible. If you are interested in holding DataFest (TM) at your institution, send an email to Mine Çetinkaya-Rundel at Duke University to get more information.