UVA DataFest: March 18-20, 2016

ASA DataFestTM is a data analysis competition where teams of two to five students spend a weekend extracting insight from a large, complex, and surprise dataset. Previous years’ data sets have included crime data from the LAPD, dating data from eHarmony, and energy use data from GridPoint. This year’s dataset will be revealed at the opening of the event on Friday evening.

The mission of DataFest is to expose students to challenging questions with immediate real-world significance that can be addressed through data analysis. Your job is to work with a team, with varying skill sets, to learn something new from these data. At the end of the weekend, each team will have 3 minutes to present their work to a panel of judges. Winners will be selected in three categories: Best Insight, Best Visualization, and Best Use of External Data.

While DataFest is a competition, the main goal is to promote collaboration. DataFest is also a great opportunity to gain the kind of experience many employers value. Having worked on a data analysis problem at this scale will provide a concrete example to help demonstrate your analytic and critical thinking.

Plus, we’ll have lots of food! And free T-shirts!

Data! Prizes! Food! T-shirts! Glory!

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