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DataFest™ 2023: March 31- April 2

DataFest 2023 is over! Come back next year for DataFest 2024.

DataFest 2023 Winners

Best Insight

Espresso Overflow

James Park, Anusha Kurapati, Alexia Witthaus Viñe, and Tiantian Li

Best Use of External Data

Helen Jin, Jingyue Chen, Zheyu Ren, Xinxin Zhou, and Xin Ran Zheng

Best Visualization


Rita Wang, Lin Zhou, Nancy Chen, and Teresa Shi

Event Details

WHAT is DataFest™?

A 3-day data analysis challenge. Teams of 3-5 students work together to attack a complex, surprise dataset. Any undergraduate interested in data can participate. Form your own team or let us find one for you.

WHO can participate?

Any and all Emory undergraduate students with an interest in data analysis can participate. 

HOW do I register?

Registration will be open until March 20th, 2023
  • Click here to register for DataFest @ Emory
  • All undergraduate students with an interest in data analysis can participate. You can register as a team of 3-5 or as an individual (and we will find you a team).
  • Register by March 15th to guarantee a t-shirt!

WHEN and WHERE is this happening?

ASA DataFest @ QTM Emory will take place March 31-April 2, 2023 in Math & Sciences Center (MSC) E208. See the DataFest Itinerary for the specific time and location details.

WHY should I get involved?

  • Gain hands-on experience with real-world data! 
  • Receive meals and snacks each day of the competition
  • Compete for fame, glory, and nerd bragging rights
  • Network with fellow college students, university faculty, and business representatives
  • CASH PRIZES to winning teams in three categories: Best Insight, Best Data Visualization, and Best Use of External Data




While DataFest is a competition, the main goal of the event is to promote collaboration. See testimonials from past participants:

As a result of the 2018 DataFest, we started a Technology Student Association where students work on technology problems, enter competitions (such as Emory’s DataFest).  The group has grown from the 5 who attended last year to over 30 students" — Jeff Kent; Teacher, Wheeler High School, GA

"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." 
2015 DataFest @ Emory Participant

Pre-DataFest Workshops

Practice Before You Participate! Click the videos to learn more.

Data Visualization


Data Transformation






DataFest Itinerary

Friday, March 31
5:00pm-5:30pmVolunteer Check-In and Set-UpMath & Sciences Center E208
5:30pm-6:00pmParticipant Check-InMath & Sciences Center E208
6:00pm-7:00pmIntroduction to DataMath & Sciences Center E208
7:00pmWork begins & Dinner servedMath & Sciences Center E208
11:59pmMath & Sciences Center closes 


SAturday, April 1
8:00amMath & Sciences Center opens and work begins 
8:30amCoffee servedMath & Sciences Center E208
12:30pmLunch servedMath & Sciences Center E208
6:30pmDinner servedMath & Sciences Center E208
11:59pmMath & Sciences Center closes 


Sunday, April 2
8:00amMath & Sciences Center opens and work begins 
8:300amCoffee servedMath & Sciences Center E208
11:00am-12:00pmOptional presentation practiceMath & Sciences Center N215
12:30pmPresentation submission & lunch servedMath & Sciences Center E208
12:30pm-1:00pmJudges check-in & Meet 'n' GreetMath & Sciences Center E208
1:00-4:00pmPresentationsMath & Sciences Center E208
4:00pm-4:30pmJudge deliberationsMath & Sciences Center N215
4:30pm-5:00pmAwards and feedbackMath & Sciences Center E208
5:30pmEvent closes 


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™ grounds, and at least 3 members of your team must attend the introduction on Friday night.


Anything else I should know about DataFest™? 

DataFest™ 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?

A laptop and familiarity with tools for data analysis (there is no limitation on which software you use) and enthusiasm for data. You may also find it useful to bring scrap paper, a pencil, and/or a graphing calculator.

What are the rules of the competition?

The rules are very simple:

  • Teams must be composed of 3-5 undergraduate members. 
  • 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, or just worked business hours. It's up to you!
  • The data may not leave the competition site. The data we work with is proprietary to a real, live organization.
  • It's a competition, but a friendly one, so information sharing 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 may not get help from people who are not involved in DataFest.

When you say prizes, what do you mean?

We're talking about cash prizes for your team! 

  • $40 Amazon gift card to each team member for the following 3 categories:
    • Best Insight
    • Best Use of External Data
    • Best Visualization


Email and we will answer your questions as soon as possible.