ASA DataFest 2018

Friday, May 4, 2018 3:00 pm - Sunday, May 6, 2018 6:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

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Please note: the competition has a limited availability of 100 students and the teams will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Who may participate?

ASA DataFestTM at the University of Waterloo is open to all undergraduate students at the University of Waterloo. Students are encouraged to form teams of 3 to 5 individuals with diverse background and skills from different disciplines. 

Each individual in a team must submit a separate registration by April 10th, and include the team name on the form.  In case, a student is interested to participate but have not formed a team, he/she will have the chance on the registration form to request placement onto a team.  

What is ASA DataFest?

The American Statistical Association (ASA) DataFest is a celebration of data in which teams of undergraduates work around the clock to find and share meaning in a large, rich, and complex data set.

A key feature of ASA DataFest is that it brings together the data science community. Undergraduate students do the work, but they are assisted by roving consultants who are graduate students, faculty, and industry professionals. Many professionals find ASA DataFest to be a great recruiting opportunity–they get to watch talented undergraduate students work under pressure in a team and examine their thinking processes.

After two days of intense data wrangling, analysis, and presentation design, each team is allowed a few minutes and no more than two slides to impress a panel of judges. Each individual in the winning teams will receive a $500 prize. Prizes are awarded for;

  • Best in Show
  • Best Visualization
  • Best Use of External Data

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