News for Current undergraduate students

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Celebrating 2nd annual DataFest competition at the University of Waterloo

DataFest Participants

While challenging, DataFest 2018 was an incredibly rewarding experience that taught us about the nuances of real world data, resilience and the power of team work

Yuan Yuan Mandy Gu, Statistics and Pure Math student. Winner of the 'Munich Re Best Insight' award

Over 100 undergraduate students spent 48 hours on campus analyzing and applying data as they competed in the 2018 ASA DataFest competition this past weekend. Worldwide, more than 2,000 students participate in this competition at several of the most prestigious colleges and universities.

For two consecutive days, students worked around the clock to put their data analysis skills to the test with more complex data than what they would normally be exposed to in class. Once the data is analyzed, groups had only two slides and five minutes to convince the judges that the conclusions they drew from the data were deserving of one of three titles: Munich Re Best Insight, Best Use of External Data, or Best Data Visualization.