DataFest 2024

Friday, April 26, 2024 12:00 pm - Sunday, April 28, 2024 6:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)
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All members of your team need to register.

Registration is now closed. Email Greg Preston if you have questions.

Please note:

  • The competition has a limited availability of 125 students and/or 25 teams,which will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis. 
  • This year's Datafest will be held fully in-person.

Who may participate?

American Statistical Association (ASA) DataFestTM at the University of Waterloo is open to all active undergraduate students at the University of Waterloo. Students are encouraged to form teams of 3 to 5 individuals with diverse backgrounds and skills from different disciplines. 

Each individual in a team must submit a separate registration by Friday, March 15, 2024, and include the team name on the form. In case a student is really interested to participate but has 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 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 opportunity for experience working with real world data – talented undergraduate students get to work under pressure in a team and utilize 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 CASH prize of $400 per winning student, applied to their Quest account. Prizes are awarded for;

  • Best Insight
  • Best Visualization
  • Best Use of External Data 



  • Friday, April 26, 2024 - Welcome/Introduction to the Data and start working on the problem statement. 
  • Saturday, April 27, 2024 - Work on the data set and meet with mentors
  • Sunday, April 28, 2024 - Finish and submit work, deliver presentations, closing ceremony and winners. 

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